Daylight Video

Tito Puente, “El Rey de los Timbales,” who did a lot to popularize Latin music in the U.S., was born on this day in 1923 in Spanish Harlem. Here’s his jazz band performing an outstanding version of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.