Bobby Torres Ensemble

Portland Metro Arts – Sunday, August 18 – 5:30 p.m.
Bobby Torres

Bobby Torres Ensemble

Sunday, August 18, doors open: 1:00 p.m., set begins: 5:30 p.m.
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Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic nourishment. – The Oregonian

In 1994 Torres formed the Bobby Torres Ensemble featuring the highest caliber Portland musicians who explore the many musical inflections of Latin Jazz. Torres’s music is an exciting fusion of American and Latin standards arranged with Latin grooves and jazz inflections. The Ensemble opened for Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez, and backed Luis Conte, Orestes Vilato, Alex Acuna, Claudia Lennear, Nancy King, and Karla Harris. The ensemble will be performing new songs from their upcoming CD.

Bobby Torres has a forty-year professional history as a band leader, producer, songwriter, recording artist, and session musician. Originally from New York City, Torres developed his reputation performing, touring, and recording with countless stars including Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Tom Jones, Al Jarreau, Jackson Browne, Beach Boys, the Captain & Tennille, and Etta James. In 1969, Torres performed with Joe Cocker and The Grease Band at Woodstock. A versatile musician with an extensive discography, Torres was nominated for a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award for outstanding percussionist, was featured on Oregon Art Beat, inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, has received the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Hero award. In 2009 Torres was selected to perform in an All Star Tribute honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He has been a respected advocate, speaker, instructor and keeper of Latin music on the Portland music scene.

Lineup: Bobby Torres, congas; Julana Torres, vocals; Dan Gaynor, Piano; Jay Koder, guitar; Al Criado, Bass; James Travers, drums

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Bobby Torres – congas
Julana Torres – vocals
Dan Gaynor – piano
Al Criado – bass
James Travers – drums
Jay Koder – guitar