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“Some time after John Coltrane's death his pianist, McCoy Tyner, wanted another saxophonist to play with. Azar Lawrence was the man Tyner picked, and his powerful new album reminds us why..." - The Times (London)

"His tenor sound roars like a lion, and his soprano sax slithers like a snake on his latest album Elementals. Many of the songs on this impressive album capture the DNA of various parts of Coltrane's sound from his impulse years." - Jazz Weekly

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Meet The TALEr's

Mr. Azar Lawrence (Saxophonist)

 

Azar is on fire! Shortly after John Coltane’s death in 1967, Azar Lawrence, at just 19 years old, was chosen by Elvin Jones (for 3.5 years) then McCoy Tyner (for 5 years) to fill the shoes of Mr.Coltrane. Azar recorded and played with Miles Davis on his Dark Magus album, wrote and recorded with Earth, Wind & Fire and Marvin Gaye to name a few!  Azar’s 2018 album, Elementals, garnered such reviews as “Azar Lawrence sounds more like John Coltrane than John Coltrane ever did” Chris May, London Times, a humbling review.  Azar continues to roar with his 8 piece ensemble, The Azar Lawrence Experience, sizzling to the sound of Azar’s original compositions from Elementals and Concord’s reiissued Bridge into the New Age & the 1976  Summer Solstice album!

(Click Here to See Azar’s Full Bio)

Babatunde Lea (Percussion)

Babatunde Lea’s vast experience of nearly forty years as a master percussionist, as well as the spiritual depth and resonance he brings to everything he does, has made him one of the most esteemed musicians of the past half century.   He joined a band called Juju, which relocated to Richmond, Virginia in the early 1970s.  Among the artists with whom he played were Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston, Van Morrison, and Oscar Brown, Jr.. His first album as leader, Levels of Consciousness was released in 1979. He recorded with a band called Phenomena, which grew out of the Loft Jazz Association.   In 2010, Babatunde moved to Pennsylvania to teach at Gettysburg College.

Brian Swartz (Trumpet)

 Trumpeter Brian Swartz  has appeared on multiple Grammy nominated and winning recordings with artists including The Dixie Chicks, John Beasley’s Monk’estra , and Kim Richmond’s Concert Jazz Orchestra. He has also performed or recorded with Michael Bublé, Saint Motel, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole,  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars and many more.

 

Dale Williams (Guitar)

Dale Williams was born and raised in Hyde Park, on the south side of Chicago. While still in Chicago, Williams performed with many other well-known acts such as the the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Phil Coran, as well as the Pharaohs/aka Sky (just to name a few). From there, Williams toured the US with Little Milton, Oscar Brown Jr., the Sun-Ra Arkestra, and Jean Carn. 

Williams eventually made his way to Los Angeles, where he would go on to tour with artists such as Watt’s 103rd st. Band, Rebbie Jackson, Otis Day & the Knights, Solomon Burke’s, Mighty Mo Rodgers, Tito Jackson, Dorothy Moore, LL Cool J, Ronnie Laws, Elosie Laws, and Tom Browne. Dale Williams began performing in the local blues, jazz, and R&B scene, where he played with Howard Hewitt, Al B Sure, Faith Evans, Eric Bennet, The Mary Jane Girls, Doug E Fresh, Brian McKnight, and Brandy.

Theo Saunders (Piano)

 

Saunders’ musical odyssey has taken him to Five continents and more than twenty-Five countries. He has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals, concert halls and night clubs, with distinguished jazz artists including: Freddie Hubbard, Carla Bley, Charles Lloyd, Bob Brookmeyer, Sonny Fortune, Buddy Collette, Eddie Harris,Ted Curson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Teddy Edwards, Jack Dejohnette, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Garrison, Pharoah Sanders, Harold Land, John Scofield, Slam Stewart, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims ,Reggie Workman, Curtis Fuller, Rashied Ali, Mike Stern, Benny Powell, Chris Conners, Morgana King & Roseanna Vitro,David “Fathead” Newman, J.R. Montrose, Brew Moore,Sonny Greenwich, John Klemmer, and Azar Lawrence, just to name a few.

Trevor Ware (Bass)

Trevor Ware is well recognized as one of the most supportive jazz bassists in Los Angeles.  His style focuses not only on producing a supportive bass tone with impeccable intonation, but also features long, creative, well developed bass lines. Developing his love for music at The World Stage Performance Gallery.  After being offered his first professional gig by legendary pianist and composer Horace Tapscott & New York saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Ware developed as sense of musical adventure playing in Tapscott’s quartet and Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra Having appeared on over 40 recordings, Ware’s current musical associations include Kenny Burrell, Molly Ringwald, Jeff Goldblum & The Count Basie

Windy Barnes Farrell (Vocals)

 

Windys’ luxurious vocals move effortlessly from Jazz to Pop, to R&B and Gospel. It’s easy to see why she is one of the most sought after singers around the globe. Windy has been featured extensively on tour with the highest grossing balladeer in the world, Julio Iglesias. She has traveled the world many times over with one of the most imitated, respected and endearing singer/song writer/musician of the 21st century, Stevie Wonder. She has also performed with  Michael Bolton.  It stands to reason why the unique vocal styling’s of Windy Barnes is recognized all over the world.

Yayo Morales (Drums)

Yayo Morales after spending many years of international acclaim, living and working in Europe, performing with top Jazz, Latin Jazz and Flamenco stars, moved and is now situated in L.A. Drummer, Composer, Producer, Arranger and Educator, Yayo has played with an array of talent, such as:, Jerry González, Chano Domínguez, “Tomatito”, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, and many other artists including Rita Marley, La Barbería del Sur, Henry “The Skipper” Franklin, Azar Lawrence, Bobby Bradford, Steve Cotter, Theo Saunders, Benn Clatworthy and Ron Stout to mention a few.  His own project entitled “Los Andes Jazz Project” parts one and two, based on rhythms and folkloric styles from Bolivia and the Andes fused with jazz was awarded a diploma from the Honorable Alcaldía Municipal de La Paz (Bolivia) and the Oficialía Mayor de Culturas for his work, in recognition for his contribution to the development of Bolivian contemporary music.

 


 A wonderful night of beautiful and healing music at UCLA's Royce Hall.

Thank you and blessings to "Sweet Honey In The Rock"

 

 

More Memories...

A Night at the Grammy Museum

Miles Davis & John Coltrane:  The Final Tour

Special Guest:  AZAR LAWRENCE

Azar at the Grammy Museum discussing Miles Davis/John Coltrane The Final Tour Box Set with Vincent Wilburn Jr., Miles Nephew, Arron Davis (Miles Son), Michelle Coltrane, Johns Daughter, and Steve Berkowitz, producer.


 Azar and The TALErs

Azar Lawrence, Derf Reklaw, Brian Swartz, Theo Saunders, Yayo Morales, Dale Williams, Windy Barnes Farrell, and Trevor Ware.

#ITWASHOT!!

Azar makes a wish with his Special Guest Oren Waters, and Manager Tracy Hannah.  

  

Azar Lawrence and Windy Barnes Farrell performing Beautiful and Omipresent Love off of the 'Bridge Into The New Age' Album

 

 

PERFORMANCE DATES

Nov 28 - Dec 6, 2017
Ivory Coast Africa Tour & Recording Session

February 2 - 4, 2018
Dizzy's - Lincoln Center
New York, NY

March 1, 2018
Gold Diggers - Los Angeles, CA
"Elementals" Release Party

March 31, 2018
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
Long Beach, CA

April 16 - 21, 2018
Healdsburg Master Classes & Concert
Healdsburg, CA

April 28, 2018
Scullers Jazz Club
Boston, MA

May 18th - 20th, 2018
Blues Alley
Washington, D.C.

June 9, 2018
Healdsburg Jazz Festival
Healdsburg, CA

June 16, 2018
Corazon Performing Arts
Topanga, CA

July 22, 2018
Hartford Jazz Festival
Hartford, CT

August 10 - 12, 2018
Idyllwild Jazz Festival
Idyllwild, CA

September 27 - 30
Joy of Jazz Festival
Johannesburg, South Africa

October 5, 2018
Angel City Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, CA

November 3, 2018
Rock The Vote
Zebulon Café Concert
Los Angeles, CA

November 7, 2018
Miles Davis & John Coltrane:
The Final Tour - Special Guest: Azar Lawrence
Grammy Museum
Los Angeles, CA

November 30, 2018
Azar with Sweet Honey In The Rock
Royce Hall - UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

January 27, 2019
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Half Moon Bay, CA

January 28, 2019
Yoshi's Jazz Club
Oakland, CA

March 1 - 3, 2019
Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY

May 4 - 5, 2019
Blues Alley
Washington, D.C.

June 7 - 9, 2019
Inntoene Jazz Festival
Diersbach, Austria

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MANAGEMENT

For Inquires:

Tracy Hannah
Zarman Productions
PO Box 62-1102
Los Angeles, CA 90062

Email:
Tracy@ZarmanProductions.com

For Booking:
Nessy@ZarmanProductions.com

MUSIC - LISTEN TO SAMPLE

 
        Summer Solstice Cover