Angel Luis Figueroa

Angel Luís Figueroa

Mr. Figueroa is an international class musician who has performed and recorded with many of our favorite artists. His innovative brand of percussion spans through Latin, R&B, hip hop, classical, jazz, folk and pop, to name a few. He was educated at Loyola University in Chicago (Journalism), Santa Monica College (Music) and the University of Southern California (Jazz Studies). Angel Luís was initiated into the 'Havana' school of the Lucumí religious-folkloric tradition by Afro-Cuban Master, Lázaro Galarraga.

For 19 years (until 2010), Mr. Figueroa was an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble Director and Private Instructor at the Jazz Studies Department of the USC Thornton School of Music. While there, he received several teaching commendations, university awards and professor accolades. Angel Luís has received numerous grants from public organizations and private corporations including: the Chicago Council on Fine Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the California Arts Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles,The Nielsen Company, The Walt Disney Company and The Target Corporation.


   Herbie Hancock
   Kenny Loggins
   Vikki Carr
   Billy Preston
   Branford Marsalis
   The Pointer Sisters
   Phil Perry
   Mongo Santamaria
   Patti Austin
   Biz Marquís
Jackson Browne
Tito Allen
Chicago Symphony
Hootie & the Blow Fish
Zap Mama
Ivan Neville
Parliament Funkadeliks
Andy Garcia
Marc Anthony
Celia Cruz
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Brian McKnight
Stewart Copeland
Boo-Yaa Tribe
Cheryl Crowe
Jon Voigt
Dom De Louis
Jeffery Osborne
The Drifters
Al Hudson
Howard Hewitt
The Temptations

On Broadway, Angel Luís performed with Star Trek’s leading lady Nichell Nicoles in "Reflections," as well as, in the musical "Life and Times of Scott Joplin." He was Musical Director, musician, lead singer and principal actor in Maria Costa’s “Macho Men & the Women That Love Them.” Motion Picture soundtracks and appearances include MGM/UA pictures "Fires Within," starring Jimmy Smits and Greta Scacchi and Sony Pictures’ “Blow,” starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

Angel Luís has showcased for Television on: ‘VH-1 Live,’ ‘Live at the Apollo,’ ‘Tonight Show,’ ‘Arsenio Hall Show,’ ‘Vibe Show,’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman,’ ‘MTV Unplugged,’ ‘Chris Rock Show,’ ‘Canal Plus’ (Paris), ‘Live at Carnegie Hall,' ‘Akuhstic Café’ (Manila), ‘Keenan Ivory Wayans Show,' Jenny McCarthy Show and many others.

In Music Videos and Commercials, Angel Luís is featured in Maxwell’s ‘Get To Know Ya’ video; Toni Childs' music video, "Walk and Talk With the Angels," as well as, in Vinx's "Do Yaa"  & with Kenny Loggins in "This Island Earth." Angel Luís is also featured in Nissan, Japan Air Lines, Sprite, NTT Cellular Phones and most recently Bose Acoustic Wave Speaker commercials with Herbie Hancock. Angel Luís was also the Musical Director on the "Macho Men and the Women that love them" DVD.

Angel’s experience also includes Lectures and Instruction at: Juilliard School of Music (NYC), Ruíz Belvis Cultural Center, Centro Unidad Latino, the Y.M.C.A., Casa Atzlán, The Association House, Urban Programs West-town, the Network for Youth Services in Chicago, Los Angeles Public Libraries, Chino State Penitentiary and the Virginia Ave Park Teen Center in Santa Monica, California. He also sat on the Board of Directors at 18th St. Arts Center in Santa Monica for two years.

After establishing Clave Son Music in 2009, Angel Luís partnered with Chris James to create a music production company at Taíno Studios in Mid-City Los Angeles.The team has produced a wide variety of music including eclectic country artist Leah Jealene, hip hop master and R&B vocalist Kim Fields, jazz saxophone virtuoso Teddy Raven, classical pianist Irene Gregorio and Latin music star La Palabra, to name a few. Post productions for film and commercials have made the duo a new and exciting multifaceted addition to the industry.

Angel Luís is leader of his own Jazz posse which is scheduled to release their first CD titled "Sin" in August of 2011 on the 50-50 Records label! He is also leader and musical director of Los Tres Caballeros, a latin percussion vocal ensemble and the salsa funky Flaco Band.

Mr. Figueroa is currently Executive Director and Founder of Paws Music, an international public benefit organization based in Los Angeles that 'works to advance the ethnic performing arts in all traditional and modern forms.' With branches in the Southern California Inland Empire, New York City, Manila and Tokyo, the Paws Music mission has substantiated the importance of the performing arts and cultural preservation. The organization's motto, "Education, Culture, Entertainment," has ultimately become the basic tenet of Angel's life.