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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

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things - Part 4

Read "A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


For the past few episodes we have been looking back at albums released this year which we've been most fascinated by, and we cherry-picked songs from those albums that struck us the most... To wrap up this retrospective here's the last batch of sonic gems.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Elio Villafranca, Azmari, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & More

Read "Elio Villafranca, Azmari, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Seven days have flown by, and seven days were barely enough to go through another big pile of wonderful new and upcoming albums which we are featuring this week focusing on some captivating and forward looking projects, and several new albums that bring together jazz and the musical traditions of Cuba and Puerto Rico.Happy ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Clark, George Benson & Sammy Figueroa

Read "Mike Clark, George Benson & Sammy Figueroa" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a modern legend and artist of many talents, we begin the 820th Episode of Neon Jazz with Sammy Figueroa and music from am album that honors his late father, Searching for a Memory. We follow that with another legend and a man that gave Sammy his start in Herbie Mann. We also dip into music ...

News: Performance / Tour

Latin jazz at its finest, drawing at times from bebop and Broadway

Latin jazz at its finest, drawing at times from bebop and Broadway

Conguero Sammy Figueroa brought a quintet version of His Latin Jazz Explosion band to Sarasota on Monday, November 22. As befits its name, the band and its leader were on musical fire all night for this Jazz Club of Sarasota concert. Figueroa spent many years as a leading Latin percussionist in New York City, working with ...

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Article: Profile

Jarrod Lawson Heads For Europe

Read "Jarrod Lawson Heads For Europe" reviewed by Peter Jones


Timing is everything in music, but launching an album in the midst of a global pandemic was not ideal for singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jarrod Lawson. As he prepares to embark on a European tour, he will finally get the chance to feature the music from his second album Be the Change in front of live ...

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Been Down This Road Before

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Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:24

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Been Down This Road Before

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mission Statement; Nana - D; A House Is Not A Home; Mysticancients; In It But Not Of It; Sonny Says; Sista Gemini; T.U.B.C.; Been Down This Road Before; Until We Meet Again.

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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 ...


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