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The Azar Lawrence Experience Jazz in Topanga Cyn
July 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
“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
🎵🎷🎶🎹 JaZz!! THE AZAR LAWRENCE EXPERIENCE IN TOPANGA CANYON AT CORAZON PERFORMING ARTS!! SATURDAY, JULY 17th, 9pm
Last time Azar was in the house he was Celebrating the re-release of Summer Solstice on Vinyl. And his last concert was supposed in Los Angeles til 2020 Playboy Jazz Festival. But then COVID hit. And so, a year and a half later he returns for our first Azar Lawrence Experience jazz concert in a long time!!
Get yourself JazZed up for a night to remember!
Azar Lawrence; Saxes
ROBERT TURNER , Piano (Rahmlee Davis of Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Byron Miller, and even Dr. Dre.)
TONY AUSTIN, Drums (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana, Robbie Krieger, Terrence Howard, India Arie, Roy Hargrove, and more recently Willow Smith, Gwen Stefani, Patti LaBelle and Dave Chapelle)
JEFF LITTLETON, Bass (Herbie Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Higgins, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Lloyd, and Bobby Hutcherson)
“Azar Lawrence flashes soul-filled, spiritual tenor and soprano chops with a brand of fire that’s riveting and timeless. For those not familiar with Lawrence, get hip now. Here’s a saxophonist who has played and recorded with everyone from Horace Tapscott and Elvin Jones to McCoy Tyner and Miles Davis.~ Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Jazz
RESERVE YOUR ADVANCE TIX!!! (ALSO AVAILABLE AT DOOR:)
$30 GTD Chair seating with beverages.
$20 Open Flow Seating | Pillow and Lowback Seating,garden or standing at times
WIne comes with ticket price, and you may BYOB too (no hard alcohol).
AZAR LAWRENCE: Embarking upon his musical journey as a very young man, Azar Lawrence honed his craft among musicians who would be remembered as larger than life: Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and John Coltrane to name a few. Lawrence composed, produced and performed with jazz luminary McCoy Tyner for over five priceless years and for three years with the late great Elvin Jones, two-thirds of the classic John Coltrane Quartet made an indelible mark on Lawrence’s life and music, imbuing him with a spirituality that would last a life time.
While still a teenager, he began playing with legends and, at just 17, he played his first professional gigs abroad with Clark Terry and Muddy Waters. By age 21, Lawrence had worked with War, Ike & Tina Turner, and Charles Watts 103rd St Band. Lawrence would follow that playing for almost the next decade with two Coltrane alumni, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner. In 1974, Lawrence recorded with Miles Davis on Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall, performed on Marvin Gaye’s Here My Dear and saw his compositions recorded by Stanley Turrentine and Earth, Wind & Fire, among many others.
ROBERT TURNER , Piano
Compared to Ramsey Lewis, George Duke and Gene Harris …Keyboard/ Piano maestro Robert Turner has been called the new generation soul pianist.
Robert hails from L.A., and was a highly sought-after figure on the scene before moving to moving to Japan and then Shanghai. Growing up， his idols were Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Gene Harris, and he has played and recorded with greats such as Rahmlee Davis of Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Byron Miller, and even Dr. Dre.
To see him perform is to be exhilarated as he adds his own exceptional dynamic to the band. Hands flying across the keyboard, the man himself rocking and convulsing in time to the music – his talent is so great and he is so into what he’s playing that it sometimes seems as if he could improvise forever, furiously careening up and down the scales and pausing at snatches of well-known songs that he has lined up along the way.
JEFF LITTLETON, Bass
Jeffrey Littleton is one of the most versatile and in demand bassists on the West Coast. He has toured and performed with a virtual “who’s who” of top jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Higgins, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Lloyd, and Bobby Hutcherson, to name a few. He continues to tour the world, as well as lead his own quintet in performances throughout Southern California.
TONY AUSTIN, Drums
Known for his versatility and dynamic performances, Austin plays the drums professionally in all styles of music, and is now one of the most recognized and sought-after drummers in Southern California. He has toured and recorded with many established artists in the entertainment industry, including Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana, Robbie Krieger, Terrence Howard, India Arie, Roy Hargrove, and more recently Willow Smith, Gwen Stefani, Patti LaBelle and Dave Chapelle, to name a few. He has composed for and appeared on numerous TV and film projects, including “Step Brothers” (Sony), “Studio 60” (NBC), “E-Ring” (NBC), “One on One” (UPN/CW); The Cloverfield Paradox (Netflix) and “Truth or Dare” (NBC/Universal). He has also travelled to Iraq and Afghanistan, performing double-duty as tour manager and drummer, entertaining US Troops on numerous Army bases.
Tony is the Drummer, Engineer and Producer for the acclaimed Los Angeles- based group, the West Coast Get Down (WCGD), a collaborative group of musicians born and raised in Los Angeles. Apart, they are some of the most sought after musicians in the world; together they are uninhibited innovators moving effortlessly through multiple genres of music.