pdxJazz Presents
Olé Coltrane:
Azar Lawrence with the Bobby Torres Ensemble
Saturday 20 February 2016
Jimmy Mak's, Portland, Oregon







Azar Lawrence

After a few years with Elvin Jones, Azar Lawrence joined McCoy Tyner's group for five years. These priceless years with two-thirds of the classic John Coltrane Quartet made an indelible mark on Lawrence's life and music, imbuing him with a spirituality that would last a life time. During this time, Miles Davis would often hear Azar when he was playing in New York City with Tyner and Jones. One night, Miles approached Azar about joining his group and no one refused Miles. Azar's first concert with Davis was in Washington D.C. and, soon after, they performed and recorded Dark Magus(1974), live at New York's Carnegie Hall. Like his contemporaries Herbie Hancock and Charles Lloyd, Lawrence later forayed into pop music. He worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Frank Zappa and Busta Rhymes and during the eighties, collaborated with Maurice White, writing and performing for Earth Wind Fire on their highly acclaimed release, Powerlight. His credits are numerous from this tme, including the Grammy award winning Marvin Gaye album, Hear My Dear.

Bobby Torres

Master conguero Bobby Torres has lead a celebrated career as a session player and live performer stretching from Arlo Guthrie, David Foster, Mark Almond, Jackson Browne, Tim Weisberg, Dr. John and countless others. He was recently reunited with many greats as an alumni member of the cherished Joe Cocker and Mad Dog & Englishmen project in the UK. Closer to home Torres has recently spotlighted percussion greats Orestes Vilato and Alex Acuna in his Full Ensemble. The 2016 festival will feature Torres celebrating John Coltrane, utilizing the Ole album as a jumping off point with special guest saxophonist Azar Lawrence. Torres has selected Dick Titterington, Gary Hobbs, Tim Gilson and Day Gaynor to lead the charge.

Azar Lawrence / saxophone
Bobby Torres / percussion
Dick Titterington / trumpet
Dan Gaynor / piano
Tim Gilson / bass
Israel Annoh / drums

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