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Latin-Jazz Icons: Museum Mambo

Pictured (left to right): Brent Glass, director, National Museum of American History; Arturo O'Farrill and Lupe O'Farrill, son and widow of Chico O'Farrill; John Hasse, curator of American Music; Margarita Puente and Ronald Puente, widow and son of Tito P
Pictured (left to righ; Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Hendricks, James Moody, Nancy Wilson, George Wein, teen jazz-vocalist Renee Olstead and host Ramsey Lewis during the taping of a one-hour special edition of the forthcoming PBS TV series Legends of Jazz. Slate

I’m sure my dad, Tito and Chico are having a great jam session in heaven today,” said a smiling Nancy Anderson, daughter of Afro-Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria.

Anderson was in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) on March 28 speaking to a small crowd that included family members of Latin-jazz icons Tito Puente and Chico O’Farrill. They were gathered to kick of the fourth-annual Jazz Appreciation Month by donating memorabilia and instruments from their family archives to the Museum.

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