Friday, September 7, 2012

Celebrate Latin Jazz with Sammy Figueroa!


September 10, 2012

September 15, 2012
 WDNA-FM 88.9 Jazz Gallery
2921 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145 (305)662-8889

September 22, 2012
 Arts Garage
180 NE 1st Street
Delray Beach, FL, 33444 (561)245-0180

Double Grammy Nominees Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion shall be celebrating their 10th anniversary with three concerts in New York and South Florida.

It was a little over ten years ago that the legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Brecker Brothers, Mariah Carey, David Bowie and countless others) arrived in South Florida from New York.  There he found a vibrant Latin jazz scene, bursting with creativity, as players from Cuba, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Haiti, Colombia and Argentina created a simmering mix of multi-cultural jazz collaboration.  In addition, the University of Miami’s David Frost School of Music, a magnet for virtuosos, added to the strong collaborative environment.  With the support of South Florida Jazz and the Van Dyke CafĂ© in South Beach Sammy put together a band of the best players in town and came bursting out of the gate with a concert debut at the Hollywood Jazz Festival in November 2011.

Ten years later, Sammy and the band have released three critically acclaimed albums (two of which have received Grammy Nominations), toured throughout the world and developed a fan base of thousands.   Although the personnel has changed (former members include Irakere saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, Michael and Nicky Orta on piano and bass, respectively, trumpeter John Lovell of the Jimmy Buffet band and founding member drummer Goetz Kujack,) the sound of this band has remained remarkably consistent, featuring an impressive mixture of swirling Latin rhythms with fusion jazz. Their performances invariably invoke encores and standing ovations. 

Current members of the Explosion include Venezuelans Silvano Monasterios on piano, bassist Gabriel Vivas, both of whom have contributed compositions and arrangements that have enhanced and focused the musical identity of the group.  Puerto Rican drummer Nomar Negroni has a sound like no other, effortlessly integrating Latin rhythms of all sorts into a jazz context.  Horn players include Australian Troy Roberts on sax and master trumpet-player Alex Pope Norris, both of whom Sammy encountered while they were doing graduate studies at the University of Miami.

The celebration begins on Monday September 10, 2012 at New York’s Blue Note and continues at WDNA’s Jazz Gallery in Miami Saturday, September 15, 2012 (Sammy is also the host of WDNA’s popular ‘Sammy Figueroa Show’ every Monday at 11 AM).  This concert is part of WDNA’s Fine Arts Series and will feature the photography of Robert Rodriguez, an outstanding Nuyorican photographer who has been documenting Sammy and the band for several years.  The third concert is at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Come help Sammy celebrate his 10th Anniversary as one of the heroes of the South Florida Latin jazz scene!

“The Sammy Figueroa Show”
every Monday at 11 AM on WDNA-FM 88.9 Miami
or streaming worldwide at

See Sammy with Sonny Rollins in the
BBC Documentary  Beyond The Notes'

Click HERE to Listen and Purchase

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