2393 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
Vocalist Julana Torres and special guest drummer Carmelo Torres join the Bobby Torres Ensemble for a very special evening of live Latin Jazz with Bobby Torres – congas and percussion, Brian Ward – piano, Damian Erskine – bass, and sizzling horns including Dick Titterington, Rob Davis, Tim Jensen, and John Moak. 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 Julana Torres: She is a singer-song writer, choreographer, and actress. A powerful vocalist, Julana 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. See Julana Torres with Tedeschi Trucks – The Letter . See also Julana Torres – Damn Your Eyes. This summer, Julana played a leading role in Profile Theater’s production of 26 Miles. Recently she performed, sang and danced multiple roles in the destined for broadway hit Cuba Libre, performed in the theater work in progress Dancing in Burning Buildings and acted in two national advertising campaigns. Currently, she is busy working on her upcoming CD, singing in the Bobby Torres Ensemble and performing in upcoming theater projects.
About Carmelo Torres: He is a drummer, conguero, percussionist, session musician, arranger, producer and singer-songwriter working and recording in Austin Texas and also in Los Angeles California. See Carmelo performing at the Waterfront Blues Festival in the video links above. Carmelo has played, toured and recorded with Jason Mraz and with Los Lonely Boys. He has also played, recorded and toured with Del Castillo and Roberto Rodriguez (famed director of Desperado, Sin City and Dusk Till Dawn). He has performed with John Santos and Alex Conde at the Portland Jazz Festival in 2016. He has also performed with The Bobby Torres Ensemble along with special featured guests Luis Conte, Orestes Vilato, and Alex Acuna. Carmelo has also played various drum and percussion clinics with Grammy Winner Luis Conte. See Carmelo Torres & Luis Conte Drum Clinic
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. 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.