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.



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Calendar - Catch the Bobby Torres Ensemble - Live

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.FREE and Family Friendly!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
Mapquest

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble at Cathedral Park Jazz Festival Featuring vocalist Julana Torres

During the Day...Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Free and Family Friendly!
34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival
Featuring Bobby's 10-Piece Ensemble and vocalist Julana Torres 3:30 to 4:40

Join Bobby and many other great N.W. Jazz Artists for a Weekend of Live Music at Cathedral Park. This event features world class and renowned local artists who perform for three days Friday July 18 (Blues), Saturday July 19 (Jazz) and Sunday July 20 (Jazz). Bring a blanket, a picnic basket and the ears of your friends and family to enjoy this summertime festival of music. A variety of Food vendors and a wine/beer garden will be present at the event. The festival is situated in a beautiful natural amphitheater under the St. Johns bridge near the corner of N. Crawford Street and North Pittsburgh Avenue in North Portland 97203. Visit cpjazz.com to learn more.

 

During the Evening....Saturday July 19 2014
Vie De Bohème Winery
1530 S.E. 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Bobby joins the Chris Baum Project for an evening of Super-Funk-Rock-n-Soul performed by Chris Baum and his groove-ologists. Down beat 9:00 pm. $10.00 cover.
Vie de Bohème features great wine and great music - and great food too! Vie de Bohème is Portland's newest urban winery, on distillery row (7th Ave.) in the hip Southeast Portland warehouse district, bringing the bohemian spirit to life in a chic and spacious venue with live music, wine tastings, and a well-stocked wine shop, as well as great food, and plenty of room for you to dance with Bobby and the fine musicians of the Chris Baum Project.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Mt. Hood Jazz Festival

Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza
488 NE 3rd St, Gresham OR

Enjoy music by Bobby and his 8-Piece Ensemble with vocalist Julana Torres from 1:15-3:15 pm

This festival features World-class jazz and the region's best food, beer and wine. Check out ticket information and event line up at MtHoodJazz.org

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.FREE and Family Friendly!
Friday, August 15, 2014
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
Mapquest

 

 

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Jimmy Mak's

Bobby Torres Full Ensemble Latin Dance Party at Jimmy Maks Saturday June 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

 



7:00 PM Latin Street Dance Lessons
8:00 PM Dance with the Bobby Torres Ensemble

Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District. 8 PM. $10.00 cover.
7:00 PM - Latin Street Dancing Lessons included with your cover - Recognized nationally, Julana Torres' unique teaching style will inspire you to dance "All Night Long". No partner and no experience necessary.
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. For the late night crowd without reservations, some seating does open up after 10:00 pm. Down Beat Magazine calls Jimmy Mak's "One of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz." Fans! Especially for you, Jimmy will clear a large area in front of the stage for dancing. There will be plenty of room for you to kick it with Bobby, the Ensemble and all your friends.

 

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, August 23, 2014
Private Party
Bobby Torres wishes you a very happy Birthday!

 

 

 

Sunday August 24, 2014
Millenium Plaza Park "Moonlight & Music" Concert - Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation
Millennium Plaza Park 200 1st street (corner of 1st and Evergreen) Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Featuring the Bobby Torres Ensemble with vocalist Julana Torres from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free and Family Friendly!
Millenium Plaza Park is located in the heart of Lake Oswego. Featuring views of Lakewood Bay, a pergola, fireplace, reflecting pond and a paved plaza.

 

 

 

 

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
3 Lead Vocalists: Julana Torres, Sean Holmes, Asha Memory. Bobby Torres Ensemble live Latin Jazz Portland Oregon.

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.FREE and Family Friendly!
Friday, September 19, 2014
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
Mapquest

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Jimmy Mak's

Bobby Torres Full Ensemble Latin Dance Party at Jimmy Maks Saturday June 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

 



7:00 PM Latin Street Dance Lessons
8:00 PM Dance with the Bobby Torres Ensemble

Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District. 8 PM. $10.00 cover.
7:00 PM - Latin Street Dancing Lessons included with your cover - Recognized nationally, Julana Torres' unique teaching style will inspire you to dance "All Night Long". No partner and no experience necessary.
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. For the late night crowd without reservations, some seating does open up after 10:00 pm. Down Beat Magazine calls Jimmy Mak's "One of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz." Fans! Especially for you, Jimmy will clear a large area in front of the stage for dancing. There will be plenty of room for you to kick it with Bobby, the Ensemble and all your friends.

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.FREE and Family Friendly!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
Mapquest

 

 

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.FREE and Family Friendly!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
Mapquest

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Fans - Please check back for more info on this date.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
Mapquest

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Fans - Please check back for more info on this date.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 8:00 pm - 12:00 am.
Mapquest

 

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Jimmy Mak's

Bobby Torres Full Ensemble Latin Dance Party at Jimmy Maks Saturday June 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

 



7:00 PM Latin Street Dance Lessons
8:00 PM Dance with the Bobby Torres Ensemble

Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District. 8 PM. $10.00 cover.
7:00 PM - Latin Street Dancing Lessons included with your cover - Recognized nationally, Julana Torres' unique teaching style will inspire you to dance "All Night Long". No partner and no experience necessary.
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. For the late night crowd without reservations, some seating does open up after 10:00 pm. Down Beat Magazine calls Jimmy Mak's "One of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz." Fans! Especially for you, Jimmy will clear a large area in front of the stage for dancing. There will be plenty of room for you to kick it with Bobby, the Ensemble and all your friends.

 

 
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.

 



 

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
3 Lead Vocalists: Julana Torres, Sean Holmes, Asha Memory. Bobby Torres Ensemble live Latin Jazz Portland Oregon.



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
(503) 224-9314
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