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Oct
19
Thu
Bobby Torres Trio @ Trio Club
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bobby Torres Trio @ Trio Club | Portland | Oregon | United States

Pa’Puerto Rico-Mexico: Noche d’ Galeria Charity Event Auction

Bobby Torres Trio, featuring Dan Gaynor on Piano and Dashel Ruiz Perez on guitar, will perform along with other musicians and DJ’s at “A Night of Art” – a charity auction to aid grass roots rescue and recovery efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico. This special event is being held at the Trio Club 909 E. Burnside Street, Portland OR 97214. Doors 6:30 pm. Event from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Latinos Unidos PDX and Milenio.org invite you to help us kick-off a series of events that pay tribute to the disaster-stricken lands that have inspired and shape the talent we bring to the Northwest. This first event, “A Night of Art”; will provide you an opportunity to bid for some of best performers, artists and special event services in town. We will introduce you to the communities we are aiming to support in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Our Mission
Mobilize Portland Oregon’s Latino performing and visual artist community to raise funds to aid grassroots efforts at the local level in the Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Our Approach
Event and community organizers from the Portland metro area have united to form a fund-raising and fund-distribution strategy that is built on “la conciencia de la comunidad”; trust through community conscientiousness. During the early stages of organizing there was unanimous agreement that funds would need to reach more isolated communities that have been severely impacted but have received less attention and assistance. Rather than direct funds to larger disaster aid organizations, we decided to build upon the existing network of trust present in our local community to identify allies currently working on the ground to help their communities. 100% will be donated to help those in need.

Please RSVP here
https://www.facebook.com/events/1994405467239479?%3Fti=ia&__mref=mb

Oct
20
Fri
Bobby Joins Barbara Lush @ Arrivederci @ Arrivederci Wine Bar
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bobby Joins Barbara Lush @ Arrivederci @ Arrivederci Wine Bar | Milwaukie | Oregon | United States

Barbara Lusch Trio performs featuring Bobby Torres on congas & Mike Horsfall on piano at Arrivederci – 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. With any luck, Steve Hanneman will sneak in with his axe during the last set and transform the trio into a quartet. This is a family friendly venue for the entire evening. So, come on down with your family and friends to enjoy some of the best jazz in Portland!
In addition to the live music, enjoy a selection from Kate and Steve’s menu and wine list. Bobby recommends a glass of pinot noir with the Vegetarian Pizza (ask for it because it is not listed on the menu). Order it Bobby’s heart healthy way (extra veggie) on a fabulous gluten free crust and hold the cheese! For your starter, enjoy a small roasted beet and pear salad. Yum! Some vegetarian, GF, vegan options available upon request.

Call to reserve your table today: (503) 659-1143.

Oct
23
Mon
Bobby Torres Trio – Private Event
Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Bobby Torres Latin Jazz Trio featuring Dan Gaynor on piano and Dashel Ruiz Perez on guitar.

Oct
25
Wed
Bobby Torres Trio at Jo Bar @ Jo Bar & Rotisserie
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bobby Torres Trio at Jo Bar @ Jo Bar & Rotisserie | Portland | Oregon | United States

Join Bobby Torres and his trio Wednesday October 25, 2017 for live Latin Jazz at Jo Bar & Rotisserie. Bobby’s Trio features Clay Giberson on piano, Chris Woitach on guitar and, of course, Bobby Torres on congas. Music from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. View Bobby Torres Oregon Art Beat special. Jo Bar offers wood-oven-fired and spit-roasted seasonal fare, wine and distilled spirits.

 

Oct
27
Fri
Bobby Torres Trio at Cha!Cha!Cha! @ Cha!Cha!Cha!
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Free Music and Family Friendly!

Friday October 27,  2017 – Owner Javiere Hurtado brings live jazz music to his St. John’s Cha!Cha!Cha! restaurant on North Lombard in Portland. Gather your family and friends to enjoy free live Latin Jazz music performed by the Bobby Torres Ensemble Trio – featuring Dan Gaynor on piano, Chris Woitach on guitar and, of course, Bobby Torres on congas. Music from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm. Bobby’s Trio features musicians of the highest caliber in Portland. View Bobby Torres Oregon Art Beat specialCha!Cha!Cha! Taqueria & Bar is a Family-owned Mexican restaurant chain featuring delicious food including vegan options using sustainable ingredients, plus margaritas, wine, beer, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. For this event, Javiere has asked his chef to create a very special dish. Some vegetarian, GF, vegan options. Check out the menu here!  Call for your reservation today!  (503) 802-2262. 

The Cha!Cha!Cha! Mission: Our mission is to be the most Sustainable and Authentic Mexican Taqueria in Portland. We serve only the freshest and healthiest ingredients from purveyors and farmers who share our commitment to environmentally and socially sustainable practices. Our menu strives to provide guests with an Authentic Mexican Taqueria experience that exempli es traditional Mexican food preparation and cooking methods done by hand. We use high quality ingredients such as antibiotic and hormone- free meats, MBA / MSC certified seafood, organic GMO-free corn, no additives, no food dyes or preservatives ever. We let the natural ingredients do the talking! We are committed to uncompromising values and integrity which guide our daily decisions and actions. Happy Cha Cha Cha staff = Happy Cha Cha Cha Guests.

Bobby Torres Trio

Chris Woitach, Dan Gaynor, Bobby Torres

Nov
4
Sat
Bobby Torres and Dan Gaynor at Blue Hour
Nov 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Live Latin Jazz at Blue Hour featuring Bobby Torres on congas and Dan Gaynor on piano. Music from 9:00pm-11:00pm. Call to reserve your table today: (503) 226-3394. View Menu Here. Blue Hour is located in the Pearl District at 250 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR. View Bobby Torres on Oregon Art Beat Special.

Dan Gaynor – piano

Dec
14
Thu
Bobby Torres Trio Featuring Julana Torres at Arrivederci @ Arrivederci Wine Bar
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bobby Torres Trio Featuring Julana Torres at Arrivederci @ Arrivederci Wine Bar | Milwaukie | Oregon | United States

Live Latin Jazz featuring a trio version of the Bobby Torres Ensemble! Reflecting the family ambiance of this unique Italian venue, Bobby has gathered a trio of well known NW Artists including musical heavy weights: Dan Gaynor on piano, vocalist Julana Torres and of course Bobby Torres on congas and percussion.  With any luck, Steve Hanneman will sneak in with his axe during the last set. And, with some encouragement, Steve will also break into song!  Jazz lovers, the intimate seating, that closely surrounds the bandstand, gets booked out early so call for your reservation today (503) 659-1143.  This is a family friendly venue for the entire evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to chill-ax up close and personal with your family and friends with some of the best live jazz in Portland!

In addition to the live music, enjoy a selection from Kate and Steve’s menu and wine list. Bobby recommends a glass of pinot noir with the Vegetarian Pizza (ask for it because it is not listed on the menu). Order it Bobby’s heart healthy way (extra veggie) on a fabulous gluten free crust and hold the cheese! For your starter, enjoy a small roasted beet and pear salad. Yum! Some vegetarian, GF, vegan options available upon request.

Call to reserve your table today: (503) 659-1143.

Dec
29
Fri
Bobby Torres Trio Featuring Julana Torres at Arrivederci @ Arrivederci Wine Bar
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bobby Torres Trio Featuring Julana Torres at Arrivederci @ Arrivederci Wine Bar | Milwaukie | Oregon | United States

Live Latin Jazz featuring a trio version of the Bobby Torres Ensemble! Reflecting the family ambiance of this unique Italian venue, Bobby has gathered a trio of well known NW Artists including musical heavy weights: Dan Gaynor on piano, vocalist Julana Torres and of course Bobby Torres on congas and percussion.  With any luck, Steve Hanneman will sneak in with his axe during the last set. And, with some encouragement, Steve will also break into song!  Jazz lovers, the intimate seating, that closely surrounds the bandstand, gets booked out early so call for your reservation today (503) 659-1143.  This is a family friendly venue for the entire evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to chill-ax up close and personal with your family and friends with some of the best live jazz in Portland!

In addition to the live music, enjoy a selection from Kate and Steve’s menu and wine list. Bobby recommends a glass of pinot noir with the Vegetarian Pizza (ask for it because it is not listed on the menu). Order it Bobby’s heart healthy way (extra veggie) on a fabulous gluten free crust and hold the cheese! For your starter, enjoy a small roasted beet and pear salad. Yum! Some vegetarian, GF, vegan options available upon request.

Call to reserve your table today: (503) 659-1143.

Dec
30
Sat
Bobby Torres and Dan Gaynor at Blue Hour
Dec 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Live Latin Jazz at Blue Hour featuring Bobby Torres on congas and Dan Gaynor on piano. Music from 9:00pm-11:00pm. Call to reserve your table today: (503) 226-3394. View Menu Here. Blue Hour is located in the Pearl District at 250 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, OR. View Bobby Torres on Oregon Art Beat Special.

Dan Gaynor – piano

Feb
18
Sun
Portland Jazz Festival Presents Breakin’ Away – a Tribute to Al Jarreau @ University of Portland
Feb 18 @ 7:30 pm

The Portland Jazz Festival presents Breakin’ Away a Tribute to Al Jarreau featuring vocalist Sean Holmes and conguero/percussionist Bobby Torres. Read about the Torres & Jarreau Jazz Connection below. For this special tribute to Al Jarreau, Bobby Torres has put together a fantastic set of some of Al’s most memorable hits. This special event features vocalist Sean Holmes backed by Dan Gaynor on piano, Alex Milstedt on both keys and sax, Israel Annoh on drums, Carmelo Torres also on drums and percussion, Al Criado on bass, Dashel Ruiz Perez on guitar and, of course, Bobby Torres on congas and percussion.  More information – Theater location at the University of Portland, actual show times, ticketing links, etc. to follow. Please check back for updates!

Sean Holmes

The Torres & Jarreau Jazz Connection: Bobby Torres and Al Jarreau formed the roots of their friendship in 1971, before Al’s career took off and after Bobby had completed the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishman Tour of the United States. Bobby was making his way as a session musician touring and recording with the likes of Jessie Ed Davis, Paul Williams, Kenny Rodgers and Jackson Brown to name a few. Al was performing regularly at The Baked Potato (owned by Don Randi of the Wrecking Crew) and at Dante’s in L.A. Bobby hung out there with his friends. As if destined to meet, Bobby and Al hit it off both professionally and personally right from the beginning. Bobby hand carved, hand wove, re-wove and repaired many beaded shekeres (beaded gourds) for Al. In performance, Al became known for playing Bobby’s beautiful hand beaded shekeres. Over the next 8 years, they hung out, played together, listened to music, and started families – each growing in their own musical careers including US and World tours – Al with his band and Bobby with Tom Jones. Within a year of his ten year tour with Tom Jones, Bobby moved his family to Portland. In 1991, Al and Bobby reconnected at the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival. As with all great friendships, geography and time were unable to separate their bond. After the Festival, Bobby took Al to the Polo Lounge to hear Ron Steen’s Jam Session. They drank, laughed, talked and mourned their time apart. Vowing to reconnect, Bobby and Al would not actually see each other again until the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival in 2011. Like destined souls, Al and Bobby were once again reunited over a hand carved and beaded shekere that Bobby had made to commemorate their friendship of 41 years. Al was thrilled to have the new shekere. At the time, Al was recovering from a serious illness and had required support to walk and to stand – that is, until he saw Bobby. Miraculously, Al ran to greet Bobby. His manager and road crew stood agape. Al insisted that chairs be put on stage for Bobby and his wife Carole. It was the cat bird seat. As he sang, Al played the shekere, stole comical glances at Bobby and laughed pointing at Bobby from time to time on stage. After the performance, Bobby and Al stood together talking and laughing for close to an hour while time stopped and the world seemed to revolve around them. When they parted, Bobby sensed that it would be their last time together. He expressed that feeling in a song that he wrote for Al the very next day called “Ghosts of Destiny”. It is an interesting coincidence that Al Jarreau died February 12, 2017 and Bobby Torres birthday is February 12.

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