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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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Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. 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 hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music and presenting those conversations with listeners. When not hosting or listening to jazz, on record or in person, Cooke maintains a busy schedule as a self-employed web design consultant.