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

Valentine's Eve - Saturday February 13, 2016 - Two Show Times!
Vocalists Tracey Harris and Jared Lawson join Julana Torres
and the Ensemble for a romantic evening of live Latin Jazz!

Tracey Harris
Jared Lawson
Julana Torres

Melt your Sweet Heart with this special performance at Jimmy Mak's: Two vocalists, Tracey Harris and Jared Lawson have been invited to join the Bobby Torres Ensemble to inspire you with a romantic evening of live Latin Jazz!
Tracey Harris has a gospel rooted/R&B approach to Jazz. Her powerful-sweet-soulful sound puts her in demand with a growing list of recordings including the Grammy nominated CD "Motown Comes Home" and more.
The popular “Heart Throb” Jared Lawson (also a fine musician) delivers his own tender and raw realism with a fresh sound resonant of Donny Hathaway. He has recently returned from a tour in Europe.
These talented guests will join Julana Torres (of Cuba Libre recent sold out success) on stage for a night of driving Latin polyrhythms, tasty piano licks, a fat Latin bass, and sizzling horns. Bring your loved ones and your dancing shoes because Jimmy Mak will clear tables to give you a dance floor to enjoy this toe tapping blend of Latin, Jazz, and Rock-n-Roll. This year, the Ensemble is celebrating their 22nd Anniversary with two performances at Jimmy Mak’s: 7:30pm for dinner and 10:00pm for cocktails. Tickets, per show: $14.00 Reserved / $12.00 General Seating. Purchase your tickets through Ticket Tomato, then call Jimmy Mak’s to make your table reservations: (503) 295-6542. Valentine’s weekend shows sell out quickly, so make your reservation today!

Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl.
Use the link below to purchase your tickets @ Ticket Tomato, then call Jimmy Mak’s to make your table reservations: (503) 295-6542.

7:30 PM
Dinner Show

10:00 PM
Cocktail Show


 


Valentine's Day Sunday, February 14, 2016
- Enjoy Sunday Brunch with Bobby and his Trio
Jo Bar & Rotisserie
715 NW 23rd Avenue Portland OR 97210 (between Irving & Johnson).
This Valentine's Day, why not treat your sweet heart to Brunch at Jo Bar? Join Bobby Torres and his trio for live Latin Jazz over Sunday Brunch at Jo Bar & Rotisserie. Music from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Jo Bar offers wood-oven-fired and spit-roasted seasonal fare, wine and distilled spirits. Sunday Brunch Menu Cocktails & Wine Menu

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Friday, February 19, 2016
Free and Family Friendly!
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. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

 


 

AZAR5_1600x600 Saturday, February 20, 2016
Portland Jazz Festival Features Azar Lawrence - "Ole Coltrane"
Azar Lawrence is the most important - post Coltrane - saxophonist to emerge from the LA scene since Dexter Gordon. Lawrence served important apprenticeships with Trane's drummer and pianist Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner. Lawrence has also worked over the years with Frank Zappa, Horace Tapscott and Woody Shaw. Ultimately, he heeded the call to join Elvin's Jazz Machine in New York. While there he participated in a legendary album for Miles Davis (text taken from PDX Jazz web site).
For "Ole Coltrane", the Portland Jazz Festival has invited Azar Lawrence to explore Latin influences in Coltrane's music. Azar tapped Oregon Hall of Fame Inductee and Latin Jazz Band Leader Bobby Torres to gather together top caliber musicians who could help Azar explore "Ole Coltrane". Jazz Aficionados and the Coltrane-Curious will want to be sure to catch this promising evening of music featuring Azar Lawrence and local musical heavy weights: Bobby Torres, Gary Hobbs, Dan Gaynor, Tim Gilson, and Dick Titterington.
Visit Portland Jazz Festival for tickets and show times.
Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District.
Table Reservations (503) 295-6542.

 

 

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, March 5, 2016
Bobby Torres Quartet at Arrivederci Wine Bar
Live Latin Jazz featuring a quartet version of the Bobby Torres Ensemble! Reflecting the ambiance of this unique Italian venue, Bobby has gathered a quartet of well known NW Artists featuring vocalist Julana Torres.
Arrivederci
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd Milwaukie, OR, 97267
The cross streets that we are in between are Naef Rd. and Roethe Rd, about 100 yards before the Roethe Light. Arrivederci shares the Building with Dateline Travel and Nassau West Hair Salon.
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Call to reserve your table today! Tel. (503) 659-1143

 

 

 

 


Sunday, March 6, 2016
- 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 3:00 pm.
Jo Bar offers wood-oven-fired and spit-roasted seasonal fare, wine and distilled spirits. Sunday Brunch Menu Cocktails & Wine Menu

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Friday, March 18, 2016
Free and Family Friendly!
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. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.


Sunday, March 27, 2016
- 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 3:00 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
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.Friday, April 15, 2016
Free and Family Friendly!
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. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Bobby Torres Quartet at Arrivederci Wine Bar
Live Latin Jazz featuring a quartet version of the Bobby Torres Ensemble! Reflecting the ambiance of this unique Italian venue, Bobby has gathered a quartet of well known NW Artists featuring vocalist Julana Torres..
Arrivederci
17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd Milwaukie, OR, 97267
The cross streets that we are in between are Naef Rd. and Roethe Rd, about 100 yards before the Roethe Light. Arrivederci shares the Building with Dateline Travel and Nassau West Hair Salon.
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Call to reserve your table today! Tel. (503) 659-1143

 

 

 

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Latin Dance Party!!
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.
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.

 

 

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Friday, May 20, 2016
Free and Family Friendly!
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. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

 

 

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 Tadeschi 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.

 

 

 

 

Saturday in July 2016 - Date TBD - check back for updates to special events at Jimmy Mak's in July
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.
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.

 

 

 

 

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 10, 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.

 

 

 

 

 
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
(503) 224-9314
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