Friday, September 13, 2019

SAMMY FIGUEROA & HIS LATIN JAZZ EXPLOSION w/ Wendy Pedersen in Season Finale at Faena Theater in Miami Beach

with special guest WENDY PEDERSEN

Tickets start at $45 and are available at

The Third Annual Summer Jazz Series at Faena Miami Beach, in partnership with American AirlinesYamaha and WDNA-FM,  is proud to present Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion with singer extraordinaire Wendy Pedersen on Wednesday September 18th, 2019 at 8 PM.  Sammy is also well-known as a radio personality on Miami’s WDNA-FM and will be co-hosting the evening with the series’ producer, Rachel Faro.  

After many years as New York’s number one percussionist, playing with artists such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, David Bowie and countless others Sammy Figueroa moved to South Florida where he was amazed to find a great treasure trove of high calibre players from all over the world, especially Latin America.  He put a band together and four albums, two Grammy® nominations and many tours later Sammy and the Explosion are recognized as one of the world’s greatest Latin jazz bands.

There are very few singers who can hold their own within the high energy virtuosity of the Latin Jazz Explosion.  Without a doubt Wendy Pedersen is one of them.  A highly accomplished vocalist, her high energy performances and warm emotional delivery has made her a favorite of South Florida audiences for years.  A graduate of UM’s Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Program she received her master’s degree in Jazz Vocal at FIU.  As one of South Florida’s top session singers she has appeared on albums by Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Arturo Sandoval, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias and many others.  After a career in pop music her heart found its way to jazz and it has felt like home ever since.

The band will be performing selections from their albums -- original compositions and arrangements created by Sammy’s Venezuelan pianist, Silvano Monasterios and his bassist, Gabriel Vivas, also from Venezuela.  Silvano, who also pays with Nestor Torres, Luisito Quintero and DJ extraordinaire Louie Vega, moved to New York several years ago where he has become a recording artist and popular performer in his own right.

Bassist/producer Gabriel Vivas tours throughout the world with Yanni when he’s not with Sammy and has recorded two albums of his own.  Sammy’s drummer, Ludwig Afonso, born in Cuba and raised in Miami, also plays with bassist Richard Bona and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.  Saxophonist John Michalak has been Sammy’s secret weapon for years -- when he’s not touring with Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin or Gloria Estefan.  Young trumpet player Jason Charos will be joining Sammy and the band for this show.  Though still a student at UM, Jason is already attracting attention of the one the most exciting young players around.

The Faena’s annual Summer Jazz Series is produced and curated by three-time Grammy® nominated record producer Rachel Faro and hosted by the legendary twice Grammy® nominated percussionist and 88.9 FM WDNA radio host Sammy Figueroa.  The series is presented in South Florida’s most beautiful venue, the Faena TheatreTheater.  This sumptuous space, which evokes the grand style of European opera houses juxtaposed with the glamour of 1950’s Miami, is marked by gold-leaf and red velvet d├ęcor and a gorgeous chandelier.  It’s a perfect setting for a glamorous and intimate evening of music by the best emerging jazz artists of our time.

For tickets and more information on the Sammy Figueroa performance at Faena Theater, please visit

Tickets start at $45 per concert and are available at

Doors open at 7:00 pm and concerts begin promptly
at 8:00 pm. Open to guests of all ages.

For group reservations and series information, please call
Faena Theater Sales at + 1 786-559-6016
or email

To learn more about concert series, visit

Faena Theater at
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
3201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
MAP (786)559-6016

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