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Azar Lawrence and Windy Barnes play LACMA with The Azar Lawrence Experience 2018

uDiscover Music Interview



The Azar Lawrence Experience at Roscoe's Jazz Lounge

Azar, Kamasi & Marvin "Smitty" Smith Kickin it before the show! 

Thank You Agape!  It was a true blessing to play for you all.


Azar Lawrence and Scott Goldman.
(photo by Chuck Koton)

Review by Discover Music

Review  by Glide Magazine

It was HOT!!!

Azar Lawrence and Grammy Museum's Executive Director Scott Goldman


Jinshi Ozaki, Yayo Morales, Theo Saunders, AZAR LAWRENCE, Robertito Melendez, Brian Swartz, Gerald Brown

Legendary saxophonists Pharoah Sanders & Azar Lawrence talking saxophones.


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

August 25, 2019
Lynwood UMC
Lynwood, CA

September 21, 2019
Celebrating Coltrane's Birthday
Corazon Performing Arts
Topanga, CA

September 23, 2019
Tabard Theatre
San Jose, CA

September 27, 2019
Catalina Club
Los Angeles, CA

September 30, 2019
Sonny Fortune Memorial Monday
New York, NY

November 6, 2019
Grammy Museum
Los Angeles, CA

November 10, 2019
The Lincoln
Venice, CA

December 1, 2019
Agape International Spiritual Center
Los Angeles, CA

December 21, 2019
Roscoe's Jazz Club
Long Beach, CA

December 22, 2019
Corazon Performing Arts Center
Topanga, CA

December 31, 2019
Pan Afrikan Arkhestra
Los Angeles, CA


March 1, 2020
Sweetwater Music Hall
Mill Valley, CA

March 8, 2020
Oakland, CA

March 30 - April 4, 2020
Operation Push
Healdsberg, CA

April 25
Donald Byrd Celebration
Chicago, Illinois

June 4, 2020
Healdsberg Jazz Festival
Healdsberg, CA

June 7, 2020
Playboy Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, CA

June 19, 2020

June 24-25, 2020
Blues Alley
Washington, DC

June 26-27, 2020
Keystone Korner
Baltimore, MD

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 reissued Bridge into the New Age & the 1975 Summer Solstice album!

(Click Here to See Azar’s Full Bio)

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.


Gerald Brown (Bass)


Los Angeles native Gerald “Get-Down” Brown is a by-product of the Locke H.S. Msingi Workshop Jazz Band that featured the brilliant pianist Patrice Rushen  and saxophonist Gerald Albright. Having studied under jazz bassist Ray Brown and Thelonius Monk bassist Larry Gales he further his musical education by attending the U.S.C. School of Music, performed in the Symphony Orchestra , and studied String Bass under Professor Milton Kestenbaum. Having played all genres of music in his formative teen years he was well equipped to garner the bass chair for Marvin Gaye through an  audition and recorded The Live At The London Palladium album in 1976. Other artist for whom he has performed with are: Michael Jackson, Maurice White(EW&F), Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Willie Bobo, The Emotions, Ronnie  Laws, Norman Connors, Kenny Burrell, Doug Carn, Harold Land Sr., Gene Chandler, Nancy Wilson, Stephanie Mills,Diane Reeves, and the Big Bands of Gerald Wilson, Teddy Edwards, Oliver Nelson and Joe Williams.

Jinshi Ozaki (Guitar)

Jinshi Ozaki is a Los Angeles-based guitarist with 25 years of professional experience playing with well-known artists all over the world. His playing has allowed him to tour with Grammy award-winning recording artists Kirk Whalum, and Jody Watley.
He has also toured with Paul Taylor, pianist/composer Keiko Matsui and Kenny Garrett. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the dynamic and original jazz keyboardist Scott Kinsey, percussionist Akira Jimbo, and Sax legend Bill Perkins, as well as many other artists. In addition to his performance career, he also a signed recording artist with Crown Japan and L.A sound records.
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.

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.



For Inquires:

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


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        Summer Solstice Cover