Sammy Figueroa

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

Sammy Figueroa
Born (1948-11-16) November 16, 1948 (age 71)
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

Selected DiscographyEdit


As leader or co-leaderEdit

  • 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 sidemanEdit

With Average White Band

With George Benson

With Blondie

With Tommy Bolin

With David Bowie

With The Brecker Brothers

With Stephanie Mills

With Chic

With Joe Cocker

With Melissa Manchester

With Miles Davis

With Joey DeFrancesco

With Candi Staton

  • Candi Staton (1980)

With Al Foster

  • Mr. Foster (1979)

With Hiroshi Fukumura

  • Hot Shot (1985)

With Dave Grusin

  • West Side Story (1997)

With Daryl Hall & John Oates

With Debbie Harry

With Etta Jones

With Mick Jagger

With Stanley Jordan

With Debbie Gibson

With Chaka Khan

With Ben E. King

With Carole King

With Earl Klugh

With Herbie Mann

  • Peace Pieces - The Music of Bill Evans (1995)

With Jay McShann

With Bette Midler

With Charles Mingus

  • Me, Myself an Eye (1979) Mingus does not play on this posthumous recording

With Bob Mintzer Big Band

  • Departure (1993)

With Yoko Ono

With Jimmy Ponder

With Sonny Rollins

  • Road Shows, Vol. 1 (2008)
  • Road Shows, Vol. 2 (2011)
  • Road Shows, Vol. 3 (2014)

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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