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Published on May 6, 2012
The incredible Sammy Figueroa performs to sell out house at Arts Garage. Sammy has long been considered one of the great musicians of the world. He's played on countless hit records and jazz classics and recorded three albums with his spectacular band, The Latin Jazz Explosion, two of which received Grammy Nominations. On this day, Cinco de Mayo, Sammy celebrates Latin culture by bringing his Cal Tjader tribute band, Sally's Tomato, to the Arts Garage. This is the music that Sammy grew up listening to in the Bronx and Puerto Rico, the original Latin jazz, the delightful sound of Cal Tjader's vibes supported by Mongo Santamaria on congas and Willie Bobo on timbales. Sally's Tomato (named after a song that Tjader composed for the film Breakfast At Tiffany's) replicates this infectious sound with Brian Potts on vibes, Agustin Conti on bass, timbalero Richard Bravo (Juanes, Shakira) taking Bobo's spot and Sammy on congas, paying homage to one of his heroes Mongo Santamaria, with whom he shares both a broad wide smile and a breathtaking virtuosity.