“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)
This international stage will be set alight by these amazing artists who will be performing:
•Amina Figarova • Ayanda Sikade • Azar Lawrence • Banda Kanana • Bilal • Bokani Dyer • Brian Culbertson • Carl Fredrik Orrje • Cassandra Wilson • Concha Buika • Courtney Bryan • David Sanborn • Diane Schurr • Femi Koya • Feya Faku Khaya • Gloria Bosman• Gugu Shezi • Herlin Riley • Izaline Calister • Joey DeFrancesco • Kengo Nakamura • Kgomotso Leroux •Kyle Sheperd • Michael Bowie • Nduduzo Makhathini • Oliver Mtukudzi • Paul Hanmer • Reginald Veal • Roderick Paulin • Sands • Sthe Bhengu • Sydney Mavundla • Thandi Ntuli • The Horn Summit •The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong Tribute All Star Band • Tlale Makhene • Tshepo Tsotetsi • Wazimbo • Wycliffe Gordon • And many more
Then Azar Heads Home to Play in Los Angeles!
Returning to TALE...Munyungo Jackson (Percussion)
Despite his youthful appearance, Munyungo is no newcomer: in his over thirty years of playing, he has developed an awesome versatility & became a well-respected & much requested session, concert & tour player. He has performed with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kenny Loggins, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, the Zawinul Syndicate, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, Bennie Maupin, Bill Summers, Marcus Miller, & dozens of others, including numerous ethnic music & dance troupes.
Returning to TALE...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/songwriter/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 is recognized all over the world.
Returning to TALE...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.
Returning to TALE...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.
Returning to TALE...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.
First Time TALER...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.
First Time TALER...Lawrence Shaw (Bass)
Born and Raised in the heart of Los Angeles, Shaw was the product of a musical family. He grew up listening to Jazz artists such as Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Jackie Mclean to name a few. At 8 years old he picked up the bass thru Kids helping Kids. Music has taken him everywhere from playing local festivals such as Coachella to traveling internationally to Brazil, Cuba, after graduating from LACHSA he formed the duo Black Nile with Aaron Shaw. He has been able to work and play with many different artists including: Herbie Hancock, Elle Varner, Jackson Brown, Wayne Shorter, Sheila E, Raphael Saadiq, John Legend, Michael Sessions, Michael Buble, Amine, Booker T & the MG’s.
Thank You Idyllwild for an Amazing Weekend!
Special Thanks to God and the Firefighters for Protecting the Event!(L to R) Trevor Ware, Windy Barnes Farrell, Azar Lawrence, Brian Swartz, Mgr. Tracy Hannah, Munyungo Jackson, Roy McCurdy, and Theo Saunders
Legendary Saxophonist Azar Lawrence and Windy Barnes Farrell
Azar Lawrence with Brian Swartz on the Trumpet
(L to R) Brian Swartz, Henry Franklin, Giovanna from Corazon Performing Arts,Roy McCurdy, Azar Lawrence, and Masumi Yamamoto
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
April 28, 2018
Scullers Jazz Club
May 18th - 20th, 2018
June 9, 2018
Healdsburg Jazz Festival
June 16, 2018
Corazon Performing Arts
July 22, 2018
Hartford Jazz Festival
August 10 - 12, 2018
Idyllwild Jazz Festival
September 27 - 30
Joy of Jazz Festival
Johannesburg, South Africa
October 5, 2018
Angel City Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, CA
March 1 - 3, 2019
Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY
June 7 - 9, 2019
Inntoene Jazz Festival