Tito Puente Jr.
In general, I recommend you avoid LaGuardia airport in NY... for about the next 5-10 years. There is a massive reconstruction project underway. At the moment, it takes about an hour to get from the car rental to the gate, during non-prime hours. If you have to use that airport, use it before 7am or after 11pm. Which is why I was there at 4am Wed morning.
These days, I tend to travel with a trombone (large bore tenor on this trip). And when I put the case down to wait for the rental shuttle, the only other guy at the bus stop - in jeans and a hoodie - says, 'hey, a trombone.' So I say the obvious, 'What do you play.' And he says the unexpected, "timbales - I'm Tito Puente Jr."
We proceed to have a delightful discussion. Topics included how he just finished night filming an episode of Gotham (the TV series) at Rockaway beach where he played his dad; his dad being recently inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame; the music scene in Miami where he lives (pretty good for timbales, not so hot for trombone players); his upcoming tour including his trip to Portland in October; and how his dad always told the other band members to stash their dope inside the trombone players bell when the band traveled.
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Andy's earliest creative writing was published in his high school literary magazines. There was a short stint of using suggestive variable names to flirt with his comp sci T.A. And was followed years later as a contributor to industry articles on innovation. He has no other authoring qualifications, but manages to get by.