Bobby Torres Ensemble: Percussionist, Producer

Bobby Torres Ensemble: Latin Jazz, Salsa, Samba and Rhythms

Three lead vocalists in the Ensemble: Julana Torres, Karla Harris, Jessica Hollyfield-Melz.

"...a world-class ensemble..."
– Read the cover story on Bobby in Positively Entertainment

"Bobby Torres Ensemble – Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul's need for rhythmic harmony." – The Oregonian A&E 3/9/07

From New York City to Woodstock with Joe Cocker, through ten years of touring with Tom Jones, to forming his own Latin jazz group in Portland, Bobby's been on the music scene for over 40 years.

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It's Heaven I Surmise

It's Heaven I Surmise
This CD captures Bobby's musical vision. Though we are currently sold out, you can still listen to the songs.



Click play buttons to hear the Bobby Torres Full Ensemble.
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Calendar – Catch the Bobby Torres Ensemble – Live

 

 

Bobby TorresSaturday, June 4th
Forge Taste
2525 NE Alberta (in the former Halibut's location)

Join Bobby Torres and his trio for live Latin Jazz - music starts at 8:00 pm

 

Bobby TorresSaturday, June 11th
Forge Taste
2525 NE Alberta (in the former Halibut's location)

Join Bobby Torres and his trio for live Latin Jazz - music starts at 8:00 pm

 


Sunday, June 12
Enjoy Sunday Brunch with Bobby and his Trio
Jo Bar & Rotisserie
715 NW 23rd Avenue Portland OR 97210 (between Irving & Johnson).
Join Bobby Torres and his trio for live Latin Jazz over Sunday Brunch at Jo Bar & Rotisserie. Music from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Jo Bar offers wood-oven-fired and spit-roasted seasonal fare, wine and distilled spirits. Sunday Brunch Menu Cocktails & Wine Menu

 

 

Planning an Event?

The Ensemble can flex from
a tight trio to the full dozen
with 5 sizzling Latin horns.

Add dance instruction and/or the colorful Mirandas and your event will be underway.

Contact Bobby
Bobby Torres Ensemble live Latin Jazz Dancing Portland Oregon.

 

Friday, July 1, 2016
Waterfront Blues Festival
The Bobby Torres Ensemble - Exploring the African and Latin roots of Blues Music
Featuring Bobby Torres son Carmelo Torres on a stop over from his tour with Los Lonely Boys.
The festival takes place in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, just to the north and south of the Hawthorne Bridge on the west bank of the Willamette River. To learn more about Festival tickets and entry click here.

 

Friday, July 1, 2016
Waterfront Blues Festival
Catch the Tedeschi Trucks Band after Bobby's show!
Featuring Susan Tadeschi and Derek Trucks who put together the Joe Cocker Tribute on 9/11/2015 before a crowd of about 25K people in Virginia. The tribute to Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishman included many music legends of that era including Bobby Torres, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Claudia Linnear, Matt Moore, Dan Moore, Pamela Poland, Bobby Jones, Chuck Blackwell, and Chris Stainton.
The festival takes place in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, just to the north and south of the Hawthorne Bridge on the west bank of the Willamette River. To learn more about Festival tickets and entry click here.

 

Karla HarrisSaturday July 9 2016 - 8 PM
Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District.
$17 – $20.

The Bobby Torres Ensemble’s driving Latin polyrhythms, tasty piano licks, fat Latin bass, and sizzling horns have set the tone for Latin Jazz in Portland, and beyond.

For this special occasion, the very powerful jazz vocalist Karla Harris - recently returned from tour in Europe -will join Julana Torres on stage, and Carmelo Torres - of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Jason Mraz - will join Bobby’s Ensemble on percussion.

Julana TorresThis year, the Ensemble is celebrating their 22nd year performing in Portland and 16 years playing at Jimmy Mak’s. Bobby blends his influences from touring the globe with such greats as Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, and Etta James - with his Latin heritage to bring you Torres’ signature sound.

The Oregonian Arts & Entertainment reported that Bobby’s Ensemble has “Latin Jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy the soul's need for rhythmic harmony”. The sound is so compelling, even Bobby’s friend Tom Jones has come and sat in with the band.

Included with your cover, join Julana Torres at 7:00 PM for Latin Street-Style Dance Lessons. No partner and no experience necessary. Music begins at 8:00 pm.

This is a family friendly venue. Minors are welcome to join us for the first set (which usually ends at 9:30). Tickets are $17.00 (general admission, seating not guaranteed) and $20.00 reserved seating (dinner required). After purchasing tickets (click the ticket) we suggest you call now for reservations (503) 295-6542.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Celebrate Hillsboro
Join Bobby and the Ensemble to Celebrate the City of Hillsboro - 5 pieces
11:00 - 11:45 am

 

 

 

Saturday September 24, 2016
Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District.
$12.00 cover.
8:00 PM - Bobby’s Ensemble will perform featuring those driving Latin polyrhythms, tasty piano licks, synco-pulsating Latin bass, and sizzling horns. This is a family friendly venue. Minors are welcome to join us for the first set (which usually ends at 9:30). We suggest you call now for reservations (503) 295-6542.

This will be our last gig at this location. We will be posting our upcoming Jimmy Mak's gigs at the new location as soon as those dates are released.

 

 
Planning an
Event?

The Ensemble can flex from
a tight trio to the full dozen.

Add dance instruction and/or the colorful Mirandas and your event will be underway.

Contact Bobby

 
 


Drumming Parties Now Available!!

Ideal for birthdays, corporate events, schools...
No experience required.

Fun, entertaining, educational, and uniquely memorable. Using drums and other percussion instruments, participants in your event will play together as One, making real music composed of many interrelated parts.  Bobby will bring instruments and drummers.  He will personally guide each participant, sharing the art of connecting through rhythm.  Complete beginners to accomplished musicians will all play together as One!  Any size group. 1½ hour session; combine sessions for half-day and full day events.   Contact Bobby

Bobby Torres' Drumming Parties, Portland Oregon.  
 

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee


Bobby Torres was inducted along with Terry Robb, Dan Balmer and others, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday July 21, 2009. The formal ceremony was October 17, 2009 - at the Roseland Theater. More info at: www.oregonmusichalloffame.org.

 


 

 



Conga Drum Class

Contact Bobby for private conga drum lessons: bobby@bobbytorres.com
or call Bobby at (503) 224-9314.

Percussionist Bobby Torres is a record producer, songwriter, percussion instructor, session musician and band leader based in Portland, Oregon. Yes, the Ensemble is great for salsa dancing!

Bobby Torres Ensemble
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