When Sammy plays percussion he tells a story, creating a playful conversation with other musicians and taking the listener on a musical journey. As one of the world's greatest congueros, he is currently considered to be the most likely candidate to inherit the mantles of Mongo Santamaria and Ray Barretto.
Sammy Figueroa was born in the Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, the son of romantic singer Charlie Figueroa. After many years as New York's number one percussionist, in 2001 Sammy relocated to South Florida. It was there that Sammy discovered a rich treasure trove of amazing Latin jazz virtuosos from Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina, and was inspired to find his voice as a solo artist. Putting a band together with the best players in town Sammy Figueroa and His Latin Jazz Explosion debuted at the Hollywood Jazz Festival and since then he has never looked back.
Sammy's most recent album "Imaginary World" was released in June 2015. Throughout 2016 Sammy has been preparing his fifth album, which he plans to take in a new direction including vocals, urban and r & b mixed with a Latin pop approach. He plans to include musicians from Cuba and Puerto Rico and to record in Havana, Cuba.
"Figueroa proves to have a distinguishing technique and voice of his own, making him the leading percussionist in Latin jazz today"- AllAboutJazz
Line up: Sammy Figeroa - percussion, Silvano Monasterios - Piano, Gabriel Vivas - bass, Ludwig Afonso - Drums, Carl Mackey - sax
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