Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion is one of the most exciting bands in jazz today. Known for their exciting performances enhanced by Sammy's ebullient humor, the band has recorded two albums, “And Sammy Walked In” and “The Magician” both honored with the Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.
As one of the world's leading percussionists, Figueroa has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits and has played on countless albums, jingles and film scores and appeared often on The David Letterman Band and the Saturday Night Live Band. Just a few of the Artists he has performed and/or recorded with: Miles Davis, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Al Jarreau and Roberta Flack.
"Mongo Santamaria's gone, Ray Barretto's gone, Tito Puente's gone. Who's left to wear the crown? Sammy's the man!" - El Tiempo