Sammy Figueroa

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Sammy Figueroa
Born (1948-11-16) November 16, 1948 (age 70)
The Bronx, New York, United States
GenresJazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, world fusion, jazz fusion, soul, funk, disco
Years active1967–present
Associated actsSammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Sammy Figueroa is an American percussionist[1] born on November 16, 1948 in The Bronx, New York. At 18 he joined the band of bassist Bobby Valentín and also co-led the Brazilian/Latin fusion group Raíces.

Selected Discography[edit]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

  • Talisman (2014, Savant, SCD 2144) with Glaucia Nasser
  • Memory of Water (2015, Ashe Records)
  • Imaginary World (2015, Savant, SCD 2151)
With Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion
  • ...and Sammy Walked In (2006, Savant Records 2066)
  • The Magician (2007, Savant 2079)
  • Urban Nature (2011, Senator Records, SEN-1001)

As sideman[edit]

With Average White Band
With George Benson
With Blondie
With Tommy Bolin
With David Bowie
With The Brecker Brothers
With Mariah Carey
With Chic
With Joe Cocker
With Miles Davis
With Joey DeFrancesco
With Al Foster
  • Mr. Foster (1979)
With Hiroshi Fukumura
  • Hot Shot (1985, Morning)
With Dave Grusin
  • West Side Story (1997, N-Coded)
  • An Evening with Dave Grusin (2010, Heads Up)
With Daryl Hall & John Oates
With Debbie Harry
With Etta Jones
With Mick Jagger
With Stanley Jordan
With Chaka Khan
With Ben E. King
With Carole King
With Earl Klugh
With Herbie Mann
  • Peace Pieces - The Music of Bill Evans (1995, Kokopelli)
With Jay McShann
With David Matthews
  • Digital Love (1979) with Electric Birds
  • Super Funky Sax (rec. 1980, rel. 1984)
  • Cosmic City (1980) with Electric Birds
  • Guitars on Fire! (1996) with Guitars on Fire
  • Watermelon Man (1997) with The Super Latin Jazz Orchestra
With Bette Midler
With Charles Mingus
  • Me, Myself an Eye (1979, Atlantic) Mingus does not play on this posthumous recording
With Bob Mintzer Big Band
  • Departure (1993, DMP)
With Yoko Ono
With Houston Person
With Jimmy Ponder
With Sonny Rollins
  • Road Shows, Vol. 1 (2008, Emarcy)
  • Road Shows, Vol. 2 (2011, Emarcy)
  • Road Shows, Vol. 3 (2014, Okeh)
With David Lee Roth
With Diana Ross
With Leo Sayer
With John Scofield
With Sister Sledge
With Patti Smith
With Spyro Gyra
With Luther Vandross
With Narada Michael Walden


  1. ^ Cole, George (2007). The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991. University of Michigan Press. p. 69. ISBN 9780472032600. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ Sammy Figueroa selected discography at
  3. ^ Sammy Figueroa recording credits at AllMusic.
  4. ^ Sammy Figueroa recording credits at Discogs.

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