Samuel Torres

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Samuel Torres
Birth nameSamuel Torres
BornSeptember 4, 1976
OriginBogotá, Colombia
GenresLatin Jazz
Occupation(s)percussionist, composer, arranger
InstrumentsMaracas, Congas, Cajon
Years active1999 – present
LabelsOne Soul, Indie

Samuel Torres (born September 4, 1976) is a Colombian percussionist[1] composer and arranger. He was born in Bogotá, and started playing at age twelve and became involved with different bands in his hometown. Torres' musician credits includes collaboration for 2013 Latin Grammy nominated Alejandro Sanz "La Música No Se Toca" (2013). Although, he received classical training, Torres was intrigued by the different styles and rhythms of the Latinamerican and jazz sounds. He graduated from the University of Javeriana in Music Composition.

In 1999, Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval contracted Torres and toured with him for four years. In 2000, Samuel Torres received the second place at the 2000 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for Hand Percussion.

Throughout his career as a percussionist, Torres has performed with jazz artist Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, Dave Valentine, Michael Brecker, Don Byron, Claudio Roditi, Paquito D’Rivera, Caribbean Jazz Project, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Lila Downs, Candido Camero and Mike Stern among other great musicians.

Many of his performances include his participation in the Florida International University big band, the 5 de Mayo Celebration 2001 with Nashville Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Latin Festival 2001 with the L.A. Philharmonic, 2001 Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao, Japan and many more.


  • 2013: "The River" by Ryan Cohan (Percussion)
  • 2013: "En La Iglesia Se Canta" by Various Artists (Composer)
  • 2013: "In This Life" by Jamie Baum Septet (Congas)
  • 2012: "Encanto del Caribe" Arthur Hanlon and Friends by Arthur Hanlon. (Arranger)
  • 2012: "Kany García" by Kany García. (Percussion)
  • 2012: "La Música No Se Toca" by Alejandro Sanz (Arranger, Arreglos, Engineer, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming) *2013 Latin Grammy Nominated
  • 2012: "Banda" by Juancho Herrera (Congas, Maracas)
  • 2012: "De Tierra Y Oro" by Sofia Rei (Congas, Guache)
  • 2012: "Gracia" by Sarah Aroeste (Cajon, Palmas, Percussion, Vocals (Background)
  • 2012: "Primero Amarillo Después Malva" by Lara Bello (Arranger, Bongos, Cajon, Caxixi, Clapping, Congas, Djembe, Producer, Shaker, Stick, Udu, Background Vocals)
  • 2011: "Bach's Secret Files and More Crossover Fantasies" by Burgstaller Martignon 4 (Latin Percussion)
  • 2010: "En Paris: Live à FIP" by Lila Downs (Percussion)
  • 2010: "San Patricio" by The Chieftains (Cajon, Congas, Maracas)
  • 2010: "Second Chance" by Hector Martignon (Percussion)
  • 2009: "Desafiando La Gravedad" by Chenoa (Percussion)
  • 2009: "Drive Time" by Mike Dubaniewicz (Percussion)
  • 2009: "Entre Cuerdas" by Edmar Castañeda (Cajon)
  • 2009: "Songs Spun of Gold" by Elli Fordyce (Percussion)
  • 2009: "Sube Azul" by Sofia Koutsovitis (Various percussion, Engineer, Vocals Backgrounds)
  • 2009: "The Very Best of Lila Downs" by Lila Downs (Percussion)
  • 2009: "Until It's Time" by Jack Wilkins (Percussion)
  • 2009: "Threshold" by Sugar Blue (Percussion)
  • 2009: "Walking on Air" by Linda Baker (Percussion)
  • 2008: "Bona Makes You Sweat", by Richard Bona (Percussion)
  • 2008: "International, Vol. 2" by Rene Devia (Percussion)
  • 2008: "Shake Away/Ojo de Culebra" by Lila Downs (Percussion)
  • 2008: "Verve Today 2008" (Percussion)
  • 2008: "Vasijas" by Abiel Mir (Percussion, Piano, Recording)
  • 2007: "A Small Blue Thing", by Jack Donahue (Percussion)
  • 2007: "Always Going West", by Mishka Tsiganoff (Cajon, Caxixi, Congas, Djembe, Effects, Shaker, Udu)
  • 2007: "De Corazón A Corazón" by Team V.I.P (Member of Attributed Artist)
  • 2007: "Folk's Songs", by Jeff "Tain" Watts Presents Tain & The Eb (Percussion)
  • 2007: "Refugee", by Hector Matignon (Percussion)
  • 2007: "Something Still cool", by Elli Fordyce/Jim Malloy (Percussion)
  • 2007: "Sungbird (After Albeniz)" by Helen Sung (Percussion)
  • 2006: "Skin Tones" by Samuel Torres (Primary Artist)
  • 2005: "Concord Picante 25th Anniversary Collection" (Percussion)
  • 2005" "Duende", by Romero (Cajon, Palmas, Percussion, Udu)
  • 2005: "Zariba" by Bill Evans (Percussion)
  • 2005: "Thalía [Bonus Tracks]", by Thalía
  • 2004: "3alatoul" by Karina (Arranger, Keyboards)
  • 2004: "Amar Sin Mentiras", by Marc Anthony (Percussion)
  • 2003: "Thalía" (English), by Thalía (Percussion)
  • 2002: "Thalía", by Thalía (Percussion)
  • 2002: "Colección de Oro", by Shakira (Percussion)
  • 2001: "El Piano Amarillo" by Arthur Hanlon (Arranger, Percussion, Programming)
  • 2001: "Faltaba Yo", by Olga Guillot (Arranger, Percussion)
  • 2001: "My Passion for the Piano" by Arturo Sandoval (Percussion)
  • 2001: "Smooth Ride", by Frankie V (Percussion)
  • 2001: "Piano Amarillo", by Arturo Hanlon (Percussion)
  • 2001: "My Passion for the Piano", by Arturo Sandoval (Percussion)
  • 2000: "Golpeando Fuerte", by Noelia (Programming)
  • 1996: "Piez Descalzos", by Shakira (Percussion)
  • 1996: "Colección de Oro" by Shakira (Percussion)

"Square One" by Sean Sullivan (Congas, Shaker)


"Drums Solo Revisited" (2004)


  1. ^ Don Heckman (26 March 2001). "Jazz Review; Sandoval Goes Above, Beyond Usual Talents". Los Angeles Times. p. F14. Retrieved 27 January 2011.

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