Bobby Torres and Clay Giberson at Bluehour
Dec 30 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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

Clay Giberson

New Year’s Eve with the Bobby Torres Ensemble @ River Space
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm – 2:00 am

“The Night. The Stars. The River.”  Find inspiration this NYE at the River Space 2018 New Year’s Eve Party!
Tickets: $150.00-$125.00. Purchase tickets at
Late Arrivals: Some standing room late night tickets are available. Visit to learn more.
Extras: VIP party tickets and ultra lounge seating arrangements are available please call 971-570-9634.
Doors: 8:00pm. This event is for ages 21+
Location: River Space is located close to the River Place Hotel on the waterfront – at 1910 SW River Drive Portland OR 97201.
Event Details: The magic starts with spectacular waterfront views, continuous music all night long featuring a DJ and live music by the Bobby Torres Ensemble, food and beverage by Jake’s Catering. Revel in the fun with live music, entertainment, colorful party hats, noise makers, a champagne toast and confetti fun. Under the stars and the night sky, make a resolution, a wish and a promise on the private patio overlooking the river. Then, capture your first memories for 2018 at River Space. VIP party tickets and ultra lounge seating arrangements are available please call 971-570-9634. This event is for ages 21+.

Julana Torres

About the Music: The Bobby Torres Ensemble, featuring vocalist Julana Torres will entertain you for the evening and lead the NYE countdown celebration. Inspired by years of touring and engagements with such greats as Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Etta James, Tim Wiesberg, The Captain & Tenille, and the Beach Boys (to name a few), Bobby Torres music is packed with driving rhythms, tasty piano licks, and an infectious bass. Special guest pianist George Mitchell, who is home for the holidays from regular tours with Dianna Ross, has played with Sonny Stitt, Philly Jo Jones, Richie Cole, and Eddie Harris to name a few. Julana Torres (Cuba Libre, 26 Miles, Water By the Spoonful) recently performed to a crowd of over 5,000 at the Water Front Blues Festival with special guests Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks who joined the Bobby Torres Ensemble on stage. The intense energy of Julana’s powerful rhythmic vocal styling will have you jumping to your feet. So, bring your loved ones and your dancing shoes! Make a plan now for a great start to 2018 – purchase your tickets for River Space NYE 2018 “The Night. The Stars. The River.” at

About River Space:
River Space is a polished special event venue conveniently located downtown in Portland’s hottest upscale urban neighborhood at the SW Waterfront River Place Promenade and Marina (Strand Condominium complex) at 1910 SW River Drive Portland OR 97201. It is an iconic free standing building – a sleek glass and steel structure that resembles the prow of a futuristic ship come to rest along the river bank. The aptly named River Space features unusually high ceilings embraced by floor to ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of Portland’s waterfront and bridges. The serene interior is polished and elegant with chandeliers that swirl in circular patterns, cantilevered windows that open to wrap-around brick and glass-walled patios, and frosted glass bridges that straddle a rivulet that encircles the space. With the expansive view of the river, the reflective surfaces, the many distinctive elements and custom interior finishes, there is an exciting sensory discovery around every gorgeous curve and corner.  It’s a space to awaken the senses –  a positive start to the New Year!

Portland Jazz Festival Presents Breakin’ Away – a Tribute to Al Jarreau @ University of Portland
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm

Monday February 19, 2018 – 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 at Dante’s and at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles. Bobby remembers “Al regularly played at Dantes. He was a vocal freak back then. He could imitate musical instruments. His flute imitation was exceptional”. Over the next 8 years, they hung out at Bobby’s place, 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 the Beach Boys, Mark Almond, Linda Carter, Etta James, the Captain & Tennille and others culminating in his 10 year tour with Tom Jones. In between shows, recordings and tours, Bobby and Al would hook up and hang out. Bobby hand made and also repaired shekeres (beaded gourds) for Al. In performance, Al became known for playing Bobby’s beautiful shekeres. Eventually, Bobby moved to Portland. Like destined souls, geography and time were unable to break their bond. In 1991 the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival brought Al to Portland. Listening to Ron Steen’s Jam at the Polo Lounge, they drank heavily, laughed, talked, and mourned their time apart. Bobby recalls, “Al alternated between singing and crying while he spoke. It was remarkable”. In 2011, Bobby made a shekere for Al and gave it to him at the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. Al was so thrilled that he put a chair right on the stage for Bobby and his wife Carole. As he sang, Al played the shekere and laughed – gesturing to Bobby as if using some secret code only they knew. After the show, they talked for close to an hour. Bobby sensed that he would not see Al again. The next day, Bobby was inspired to write a song for Al called “Ghosts of Destiny”.  It is an interesting coincidence that Al Jarreau died February 12, 2017 and Bobby Torres birthday is February 12.

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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