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An Interview with Sammy Figueroa

Jazz in the Afternoon host Chris Cooke recently interviewed acclaimed percussionist and bandleader Sammy Figueroa.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Figueroa discussed his legendary career as a first call percussionist, recording or performing with Miles Davis, David Bowie, Sonny Rollins, and many more. Click on the link to listen to the interview.

Sammy Figueroa brought his Latin Jazz Ensemble to the Holland Music Club in Omaha for a night of music on Friday, October 14. Figueroa and his band presented a tribute to legendary vibraphonist Cal Tjader.

The percussionist and his band kicked off the Jazz on the Green 2021 series of outdoor concerts in Omaha, Nebraska.

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<b>Chris Cooke </b>has been a voice on radio in Omaha since 1988. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he studied radio broadcasting, history and religion. Working at KVNO-FM, Cooke hosted a weekend adventuresome jazz show on the station in addition to duties as an on-air announcer on overnights, weekends and holidays. He also worked at KBLZ (the then student-run radio station) as well as KYNE-TV, and The Gateway as a reporter. <br/>In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has also hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music. He has interviewed Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jessica Williams and Karrin Allyson, to name a few. While not at the station Cooke maintains a web design consultancy business that has served a number of non-profit and music clients for over 20 years.