Live Latin Jazz on stage at the Jack London Revue with The Bobby Torres Ensemble featuring special guest vocalists Margaret Linn and Tyler Conti. These exceptional vocalists will be backed by the full Ensemble featuring, of course, Band Leader Bobby Torres on congas, Master Drummer from Ghana Israel Annoh, Dan Gaynor on piano, Al Criado on Latin Bass, and three sizzling horns including Lars Campbell on trombone, Dick Titterington on trumpet, and Rob Davis on saxophone. The Bobby Torres Ensemble features musical talent of the highest caliber in Portland to explore the many musical inflections of Latin Jazz. Bobby’s music is a toe tapping fusion of American and Latin standards arranged with churning Latin grooves richly ornamented with jazz inflections. The Oregonian describes the Bobby Torres Ensemble as “Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic harmony.”
About Margaret Linn: A Portland native, Margaret is a singer, songwriter, arranger, vocal coach and trained dancer. A talented singer, she can command the stage in a variety of genres: Jazz, Funk, Soul, Latin Jazz, Rock, and Blues. Singing professionally since the age of 18, Margaret has been performing in every possible venue and situation in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, as well as the national and international stage. Margaret has contributed her talents to local and international acts including: Michael McDonald, Gino Vannelli, The Yellow Jackets, David Pack, Celine Dion, Nu Shooz, Tom Grant, Gary Ogan, Patrick Lamb, Cool’R, Bobby Torres, Curtis Salgado and many more. Check her out under these links: (Nu-Shooz, Curtis Salgado, Linn-Take a Little Time For Love, Linn-Joy, Bobby Torres Ensemble, Soul-Vaccination). Her vocal arrangements with Curtis has played a part in his winning of multiple Blues awards from at least two albums. She co-wrote Funk P-Town, a salute recounting the many musicians that have contributed to the Portland-Funk-Sound (released in 2016).
About Tyler Conti: Tyler: A Portland native, Tyler is a singer, songwriter and musician who has performed across the globe. He was a guest of honor at the 2014 White Night Festival in St. Petersburg Russia and sang his song The Blood. Singing in front of thousands or to startled pedestrians in the street, Tyler is equally comfortable on a piano bench or behind a guitar. Check him out under these links: I Will Always Love You (yeah, that’s Tyler singing all the parts), Lego House (an original), Kissing a Fool (a George Michael tune), How Does It Feel (a D’Angelo tune). His CD’s include: No More Room and Dreaming. He has his sights on returning to L.A., so if you want to see him before he leaves, check him out live with the Bobby Torres Ensemble at the Jack London Revue!
About Bobby Torres: Bobby is a band leader, musician, record producer, songwriter, and session musician with a 40-year professional history that spans the globe and a lengthy discography. Originally from New York City, Bobby developed his reputation while performing with Joe Cocker at Woodstock, touring with Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen, and performing and/or touring or recording with countless other music stars such as Al Jarreau, Jackson Browne, Beach Boys, the Captain & Tennille, and Etta James – to name a few. He has an extensive discography. He also performed and toured the globe for 10 years with Tom Jones. Bobby was nominated “Outstanding Percussionist” (a Muddy Waters Award), he was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and he received The Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists Association. Bobby has been a respected advocate, speaker, instructor and keeper of Latin rhythms on the Portland music scene for many years. The Ensemble is his central focus.