A set of timbales belonging to Tito Puente, a Puerto Rican musician from New York City who popularized Latin jazz, mambo, and salsa, 1990s.

Timbales are a pair of shallow drums, played with drumsticks, that are popular in Latin American dance music. Tito Puente, who owned this set of timbales, was among many musicians who fused Latin music and jazz and popularized Latin American music in America. Puente was born and raised in Spanish Harlem, the area of northeast Manhattan that was home to New York’s Puerto Rican community.