Sammy Figueroa is adding a new show to his radio repertoire: every Tuesday from 10 AM to 12 noon on the legendary New York City radio station WBAI 99.5 FM. Known for his warm radio voice and his amazing taste in finding the most special music in many genres, Sammy now brings these gifts to New York listeners. After three weeks the show is already popular with many listeners calling in and will continue to become more so as word gets around. Dedicated to Miles Davis, who first declared 'it's not jazz, it's social music', this show has something for everyone. Come join Sammy every Tuesday on www.wbai.org streaming worldwide or 99.5 FM on your New York radio dial.
On March 23rd 2018 Sammy Figueroa performed an historic concert with Brazilian supserstar Joyce Moreno and one of the world's greatest guitarists, Brazilian artist Chico Pinheiro. Joyce Moreno has recorded over 40 albums and has composed songs for multiple Brazilian artists from Milton Nascimiento to Caetana Veloso. In rehearsal and onstage she was a simple, unassuming and totally musical presence. Sammy has been interested in the music of Brazil for many years and has played with Jorge Ben Jor, Daniela Mercury and Tania Maria. This concert was the beginning of a new collaboration between Chico Pinheiro and Sammy. They are already in discussion about making an new album together.
On February 11th, 2018 Sammy Figueroa performed in Miami Beach with Buena Vista Social Club legend Eliades Ochoa as part of the GroundUP Music Fest in Miami Beach. Although Sammy has long been known as a player of sophisticated jazz and as a sideman to superstars in this show Sammy had the opportunity to honor his roots, playing old-fashioned son from Santiago de Cuba in the most traditional of styles.
Joining Sammy and Eliades was tres player Jose Elias and his group Cortadito, who are themselves masters of the old-fashioned son montuno and nengon styles. The audience response was ecstatic and many said that it was their favorite moment in the festival
Sammy is honored to have Brazilian singer/songwriter Joyce Moreno join him on Saturday March 10th for a program entitled "Latin Jazz Meets Brazilian Song" at the beautiful Banyan Bowl in Pinecrest Gardens. Joining them will be the spectacular Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro and the well-known Brazilian percussionist Cafe Da Silva. They will be presenting music by Joyce, by Chico Pinheiro and from Sammy's album 'Talisman' recorded with Glaucia Nasser.
Sammy Figueroa and his producer partner Rachel Faro, in cooperation with jazz radio station WDNA 88.9 FM, shall be curating a series of jazz concerts at the fabulous Faena Theatre in the Faena Hotel beginning March 2018. Artists will include pianist Christian Sands, Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro, soul singer/songwriter Jarrod Lawson and Sammy's retro Cal Tjader tribute band Sally's Tomato.
This series originally began in September 2017 with the great young jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn but was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma and its subsequent damage to the theatre. Sammy, who will also m.c. the shows, is looking forward to returning to this luminous venue.
The Faena Hotel, which opened in 2015, is the hottest and most glamorous place in town. More than a hotel, the Faena District includes Faena Park, Faena Forum and Faena Bazaar. The hotel lobby, designed by Baz Luhrmannn, showcases art by Jeff Koons and Damien HIrst.
Inspired by Europe's grand opera houses and the glittering allure of Old Hollywood, the intimate gilded Faena Theatre provides a perfect venue for intimate showcases of jazz and dance artists. Please join Sammy if your are in town for this series of very special evenings.
Sammy Figueroa is proud to announce that his latest album, "Imaginary World" his received Cuba's highest musical honor, the Premio Cubadisco. Often called "Cuba's Grammy" this prize honors albums that represent the best in many genres, in this case, International Jazz Album.
Produced by Rachel Faro and Ray Chew, with additional production and most of the compositions and arrangements by Silvano Monasterios and Gabriel Vivas, this album was released by Savant Records and has received much critical acclaim.
Sammy's relationship with Cuba and its music goes back to his first visit in 1990 with his partner Rachel Faro. Subsequent trips led to album productions with the a cappella group Vocal Sampling and the astonishing jazz group Cuarto Espacio. Sammy is planning to record his next album in Cuba, maximizing these musical relationships that go back a long way.