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Sammy Figueroa

Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians. As one of the music's leading percussionists he has played on countless records and is well-known for his versatility in a multitude of musical styles. Besides playing with some of the world's greatest pop stars, such as David Bowie, Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey, Sammy has also played with a multitude of distinguished jazz artists including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, George Benson, and many, many more. When Sammy plays percussion he tells a story, creating a playful conversation with other musicians and taking the listener on a musical journey

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Matthew Whitaker: A New Voice On Jazz Piano

Read "Matthew Whitaker: A New Voice On Jazz Piano" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Matthew Whitaker is an American jazz pianist. Blind since birth, he has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and The Apollo Theatre, where aged ten, he opened for Stevie Wonder. Though he is only eighteen years old, multi instrumentalist Whitaker has come a long way to get where he ...

NEWS: EVENT

Miami Beachtone Jazz Festival Presents Eliane Elias In Concert on June 15th

Miami Beachtone Jazz Festival Presents Eliane Elias In Concert on June 15th

MIAMI BEACHTONE JAZZ FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO PRESENT Multiple Grammy Winner Eliane Elias, Yamandu Costa and Sammy Figueroa with special guests Chico Pinheiro & Mirella Costa at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Knight Concert Hall) on JUNE 15, 2019 at 8:00pm. The Beachtone Jazz Festival celebrates its jny: Miami debut on June 15th ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joey DeFrancesco: In The Key Of The Universe

Read "In The Key Of The Universe" reviewed by Doug Collette

Joey DeFrancesco has stretched himself regularly throughout the course of thirty-plus albums. Just since Project Freedom (Mack Avenue, 2017) he's collaborated very productively for two albums with the Irish soulman Van Morrison--You're Driving Me Crazy (Sony Legacy, 2018) and The Prophet Speaks (Caroline, 2018). And, on In The Key of the Universe, the organist/trumpeter reaffirms his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The GroundUp Music Festival 2019

Read "The GroundUp Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

GroundUp Music Festival 2019 North Beach Bandshell, Park Stage Miami Beach, FL February 8-10, 2019 An internet acquaintance has a running post gag that she labels with #BecauseFlorida. In it she basically puts forth all of the unattractive, wacky and head-scratching reports that come out of the Sunshine ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rodrigo Lima: Saga

Rodrigo Lima: Saga

Temperatures dropped to single digits in New York today, compelling me to break out something tasty and warm: Saga, a new double-CD album by Brazilian guitarist and composer-arranger Rodrigo Lima. Produced by Arnaldo DeSouteiro, the album is Lima's first as a leader and a tribute of sorts to CTI's sultry Brazilian jazz recordings of the 1970s, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sonny Rollins's "Road Shows, Vol. 3" To Be Released May 6 By Doxy/Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks

Sonny Rollins's "Road Shows, Vol. 3" To Be Released May 6 By Doxy/Okeh/Sony Music Masterworks

Since launching his Doxy label in 2006 with the Grammy-nominated studio album Sonny, Please, the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins has been turning to his vast archive of his own concert recordings to compile superior performances for release in Doxy’s acclaimed Road Shows series. The selections in Volume 1 (2008) spanned nearly 30 years and included ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Victor Lewis: The Drummer's Spirit

Read "Victor Lewis: The Drummer's Spirit" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

For several decades, Victor Lewis has been one of the most in-demand drummers of the post-bop era and beyond. He has performed with Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Chet Baker, George Cables, Woody Shaw, Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, and others of similar stature. On account of his exceptional ability to push the envelope of musical ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ralph Bowen: The Power Play

Read "Ralph Bowen: The Power Play" reviewed by Diana Kondrashin

[Editor's Note: A shorter version of this interview was originally published at Jazz.Ru. It has been translated and expanded exclusively for All About Jazz.]Ralph Bowen was born in Canada but he has pursued a jazz career in the United States for over 20 years, as tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger. He strikes neatly with ...


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