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Shortly after John Coltrane’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. (Above: Azar with McCoy Tyner)

“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) by Chris Pearson

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UPCOMING EVENTS

(L to R) Brian Swartz, Theo Crocker, Edwin Livingston, AZAR LAWRENCE, Yayo Morales, Babatunde Lea, and Julian Coryell

Amazing Weekend at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival

#ITWASHOT!

Great Night at the New Keystone Korner! 

  A Special Thanks to our Fans in Baltimore, and to Mr. Todd Barkan!

(L to R) Todd Barkan, Dimitris Mahlis, Gerald Brown, Theo Saunders, AZAR LAWRENCE, Yayo Morales, Brian Swartz, and Munyungo Jackson

Blues Alley, Washington D.C

Always a Great Time with our Washington D.C. Fans!!

Inntoene Jazz Festival 2019, Diersbach, Austria 

Thank you Inntoene Jazz Festival and all the Fans!

(This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

Bringing Healing Music to Austria!

The Azar Lawrence Experience takes the Heat to Munich, Germany at Unterfahrt!

Last night of the Tour at Porgy & Bess #ITWASHOT!!  (photo by Eckhart Derschmidt)

Azar Lawrence and Brian Swartz (photo by Eckhart Derschmidt)

The Azar Lawrence Experience at Porgy & Bess, Austria.

 

PERFORMANCE DATES

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

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

February 23, 2019
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
Long Beach, CA

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

March 31, 2019
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
Seattle, Washington

April  3 - 6,  2019
Healdsburg Master Classes & Concert
Healdsburg, CA

April 20, 2019
The Mint
Los Angeles, CA

April 28, 2019
International Jazz Day Event
Donald Byrd Celebration
Inglewood, CA

May 12, 2019
San Pedro Music Festival
San Pedro, CA

May 19, 2019
The Lincoln (Private Event)
Venice Beach, CA

June 9, 2019
Inntoene Jazz Festival
Diersbach, Austria

(This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

June 10, 2019
South Austria

June 11, 2019
Munich Unterfahrt
Munich, Germany

June 12, 2019
Porgy & Bess
Vienna, Austria

June 14 - 16, 2019
Blues Alley
Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2019
Keystone Korner
Baltimore, MD

July 28, 2019
Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, CA

August 15 - 18, 2019
The Jazz Standard
New York, NY

September 21, 2019
WorldBeat Center
San Diego, CA

October 21, 2019
Eloise Westbrook Day
San Francisco, CA

November 9, 2019
Bolivia

July 17, 2020
LACMA
Los Angeles, CA

Meet The TALEr's

Mr. Azar Lawrence ( Legendary 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.

 

Theo Saunders (Piano)

Theo Saunders has performed and recorded with dozens of jazz luminaries and worked extensively in the bands of Freddie Hubbard, Carla Bley, Sonny Fortune, Bob Brookmeyer, and John Klemmer, as well as Azar Lawrence.   He participates in the historic album, “Living Time” on Columbia Records which brought together the writing of composer George Russell and pianist Bill Evans. Theo played electric piano and clavinet and the band consisted of a pantheon of great jazz musicians, including Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez,  Sam Rivers, Jimmy Guiffre, Snooky Young and Howard Johnson. His latest recording, “Trane Stories” with Teodross Avery, Dwight Trible, Henry Franklin, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith also features Azar Lawrence as a guest on “Afro Blue”. This recording marks his ninth as a leader and he has been a sideman on more than 50 jazz recordings.

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.

Julian Coryell (Guitar)

Julian Coryell began playing music at the tender age of five. Son of famed Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, Julian’s musical gifts were nourished, and he's been playing guitar and singing ever since.  The Coryell household was never lacking in musical visitors. Julian was exposed to everyone from Miles Davis to James Taylor. At 16 he entered the Berklee College of Music and became it's youngest graduate two years later at 18.  Since then, he's toured, written and recorded with an eclectic array of artists including Alanis Morissette, Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. He's released his own solo records on Universal, Sony, and GRP. When he’s not playing guitar on the road, he’s based out of Los Angeles, producing other artists, as well as teaching at Cal State Dominguez Hills. 

Edwin Livingston (Bass)

Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Edwin was exposed to music early in his life.  Edwin has 4 GRAMMY nominations and has appeared in several feature films, including Ray, Dreamgirls, & Low Down. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, A & E Private Sessions with Queen Latifa.  Edwin has performed and/or recorded with: Elvin Jones, Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, The Headhunters, Los Hombres Calientes (Grammy nominated Latin Jazz album), Bob Mintzer Big Band (Grammy nominated large ensemble jazz band) Dave Slonaker Big Band (Grammy nominated large ensemble jazz band) Catina DeLuna & Lado B  (Grammy nominated Best Arrangemnt, Song, Vocal), Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Raphel Saadiq, Mary J. Blige, The Benjamin Wright Orchestra, Keiko Matsui, Seal, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bob Mintzer, Yellowjackets, Kat McPhee, Melody Gardot, Natalie Cole and many others.

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

Email:
Tracy@ZarmanProductions.com

For Booking:
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