Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Jimmy Figueroa began his self-taught musical career at age 9. As a young boy, he was inspired by such timbaleros as Endel Dueno and Orestes Vilato. It was these well-known percussionists that influenced him to pick up the timbales, among other percussion instruments, and play in marching bands. Jimmy’s admiration and fascination with drums led him to master the tambora, which was predominantly played by Dominicans. Shortly thereafter, he gained the respect and admiration of his peers. At the age of 12, his unique style on timbales, bongos and tambora enabled him to play and sing Coro professionally with numerous Salsa, Charanga and Merengue bands in various nightclubs such as The Corso, and the Copacabana. Jimmy has performed in several Salsa Congresses in England, Italy, Greece and New York.
As his percussion techniques develop throughout the years, he continues to evolve as an accomplished musician. Jimmy has recorded on many productions and has traveled with a wide range of artists including Justo Betancourt, Cuco Valoy, Rafu Warner, Ray Reyes, Toby Rivera and others.
As a freelancer, Jimmy continues to play with various bands including, the Grammy nominated New Swing Sextet, Charansalsa, Cubanoson, Luisito Rosario and Jimmy Sabater, Jr. His natural talent is creative and limitless. His style and technique are unique and he’s always evolving musically in keeping with today’s sound.
Jimmy’s ability to sing Coro along with the ability to play many different instruments has made him a highly sough after, dynamic and versatile musician who is very much in demand.