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Tuesdays on the Terrace | Victor Garcia: Tribute to Tito Puente

June 20, 20235:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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A light skinned person of color blows into a trumpet.

Victor Garcia. Image courtesy of the artist.

About the Event

Summer Tuesdays come alive on the MCA terrace with free concerts highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned music community. Enjoy live music while relaxing on the lawn with your own picnic, or savor snacks and drinks available for purchase. Then head inside to catch the MCA’s summer exhibitions—we’re open late on Tuesdays and free for Illinois residents.

In this special edition of Tuesdays on the Terrace we welcome world-class jazz musician Victor Garcia, who pays tribute to Tito Puente. This year marks 100 years since the legendary jazz icon was born; Garcia helps us celebrate the legacy he left behind, accompanied by his band.

Band Members | Instruments

  • Constantine Alexander | Trumpet
  • Harley Figueroa | Bari sax
  • Victor “Junito” González | Congas/Vocals
  • Luke Malewic | Trombone
  • Stu Mindeman | Keys
  • Josh Ramos | Baby bass
  • Papo Santiago | Vocals
  • Jonathon Wenzel | Timbales
  • Rocky Yera | Tenor sax/Flute

About the Artist

Examiner.com’s Neil Tesser calls him “one of the most exciting young musicians.” Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich says that he “stands out as an ebullient soloist offering a formidable technique and a radiantly polished tone.” JazzChicago.net’s Brad Walseth regards him as a “young lion trumpeter.”

Victor Garcia is as versatile as he is creative. His trumpet talent heralds his international acclaim. He also sings, plays percussion, and his songwriting, arrangements, and charts have led him to professorial positions at Roosevelt University, Loyola University, and the University of Illinois in Chicago.

The lineup of greats he’s performed with speaks for itself: Aretha Franklin, Arturo Sandoval, Spoon, Monty Alexander, Wynton Marsalis, Victor Manuelle, Nicholas Payton, La India, the Temptations, Steve Turre, BeBe Winans, Tito Puente Jr., Paquito d’Rivera, Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, and Dr. John. Garcia released his debut album, The Grind/The Groove, in 2018 and he’s recorded on dozens of other albums, three of them Grammy-nominated.


Tuesdays on the Terrace is presented by Univision Chicago and made possible in part by a generous gift from Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

This event is supported by a Chicago Presents grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

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