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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.

Feb
24
Sat
Bobby Torres Quartet Featuring Julana Torres & Carmelo Torres @ Arrivederci Wine Bar
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bobby Torres Quartet Featuring Julana Torres & Carmelo Torres @ Arrivederci Wine Bar | Milwaukie | Oregon | United States

Live Latin Jazz featuring a quartet version of the Bobby Torres Ensemble! Reflecting the family ambiance of this unique Italian venue, Bobby has gathered a quartet of well known NW Artists including musical heavy weights: Dan Gaynor on piano, Carmelo Torres on drums, 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! Click here to view Oregon Art Beat Video

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.

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