Bobby Torres Ensemble: Percussionist, Producer

Bobby Torres Ensemble: Latin Jazz, Salsa, Samba and Rhythms

Three lead vocalists in the Ensemble: Julana Torres, Karla Harris, Jessica Hollyfield-Melz.

"...a world-class ensemble..."
– Read the cover story on Bobby in Positively Entertainment

"Bobby Torres Ensemble – Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul's need for rhythmic harmony." – The Oregonian A&E 3/9/07

From New York City to Woodstock with Joe Cocker, through ten years of touring with Tom Jones, to forming his own Latin jazz group in Portland, Bobby's been on the music scene for over 40 years.

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It's Heaven I Surmise

It's Heaven I Surmise
This CD captures Bobby's musical vision. Though we are currently sold out, you can still listen to the songs.



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Calendar - Catch the Bobby Torres Ensemble - Live

 

Tonight!

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Latin Dance Party @ Vie De Boheme
Vie de  Bohème Winery 1530 S.E. 7th Ave,
Portland, OR 97214. 
Tel: (503) 360-1233
Time: 9:00 to Midnight
Cover: $8.00 (cover goes directly to the musicians)
Bobby invites you to enjoy this summer evening dancing with Julana and the Ensemble at Vie de Bohème Winery. Bobby’s Ensemble (quintet) features Latin polyrhythms, tasty piano licks, a synco-pulsating Latin bass, and vocalist Julana Torres.
Vie de Bohème is an urban winery located on distillery row (7th Ave.) in the hip Southeast Portland warehouse district. Leni & Dennis bring the bohèmian spirit to life in their chic and spacious venue by offering diverse events and "happenings" such as live music, art exhibitions, poetry readings, dance lessons and much more. You will also find a full bar, wine tastings, a well-stocked wine shop, great food, and plenty of room to hang out, mingle and dance.

 

 

 

Planning an Event?

The Ensemble can flex from
a tight trio to the full dozen
with 5 sizzling Latin horns.

Add dance instruction and/or the colorful Mirandas and your event will be underway.

Contact Bobby
Bobby Torres Ensemble live Latin Jazz Dancing Portland Oregon.

Friday, September 11, 2015
A Tribute to Joe Cocker at the Lock-In Festival in Virginia
More info to follow...

 

Saturday, September 12, 2015
More info to follow...


Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Free and Family Friendly!
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
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Planning an Event?

The Ensemble can flex from
a tight trio to the full dozen
with 5 sizzling Latin horns.

Add dance instruction and/or the colorful Mirandas and your event will be underway.

Contact Bobby
Bobby Torres Ensemble live Latin Jazz Dancing Portland Oregon.


 

Planning an Event?

The Ensemble can flex from
a tight trio to the full dozen
with 5 sizzling Latin horns.

Add dance instruction and/or the colorful Mirandas and your event will be underway.

Contact Bobby
3 Lead Vocalists: Julana Torres, Sean Holmes, Asha Memory. Bobby Torres Ensemble live Latin Jazz Portland Oregon.

 


Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Friday, October 16, 2015
Free and Family Friendly!
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
Mapquest

Bobby Torres and Julana Torres with the Bobby Torrres Ensemble at Jimmy Maks

Saturday October 17, 2015 - Two Shows!
Claudia Linnear and Paul Creighton

Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl.
Cover $20.00 for reserved seats, $18.00 for General Admission. Purchase your tickets through
Ticket Tomato, then call Jimmy Mak’s to make table reservations: (503) 295-6542.
7:30 PM - Dinner Show https://www.tickettomato.com
10:00 PM - Cocktail Show https://www.tickettomato.com
The Bobby Torres Ensemble presents Claudia Linnear and Paul Creighton for a night of soulful Latin Jazz.
Claudia Linnear, one of Ike & Tina Turmer's original "Ikettes", is a key figure in the Academy Award winning documentary film "20 Feet From Stardom" - the untold story of the lives of professional background vocalists who have backed famous artists in concert and recordings – voices just as familiar to your ear as their famous counterparts. To this day, her musical career has led her to recordings and stage performances with some of the world's greatest entertainers such as Ike & Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and many more.
Bobby has also invited Portland’s own Paul Creighton to add his soul spinning touch.
Bobby's Ensemble features Israel Annoh (master drummer and percussionist from Ghana), Reinhardt Melz (off tour with Gino Vanelli), Damian Erskine (bass) and Dan Gaynor (piano).The sizzling horn section will fan the flames of Bobby Torres’ inspired blend of Latin, Jazz, and Rock-n-Roll. Bring your loved ones and your dancing shoes!

 

Beaujolais Nouveau Festival 2015 Featuring the Bobby Torres Ensemble at Heathman Hotel


Friday, November 20, 2015
- Beaujolais Nouveau Festival - a Ticketed Event!
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Portland's 14th Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fete & Wine Auction.
This is a ticketed event. For Tickets and information, call (503) 223-8388.
Featuring French & Oregon wines and a sumptuous menu.
Bobby's instrumental trio performs from 7:00 - 11:00 pm.

 

 


Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Friday, December 18, 2015
Free and Family Friendly!
Heathman Hotel Tea Room
1001 S.W. Broadway, downtown Portland, OR 97205. Tel. (503) 790-7752.
Enjoy the intimate setting of the elegant Tea Room as Bobby's instrumental trio
drives the Latin beat into the heart and soul of jazz. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
Mapquest

 

2016 Schedule...

TBD Saturday in 2016 - Two Show Times!
Portland Jazz Festival Features the Bobby Torres Ensemble with Special Guests...
Oregon Music Hall of Fame winner Bobby Torres invites special guests to join Julana Torres & the Ensemble

Bobby Torres
Carnelo Torres
Karla Harris
Julana Torres

Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District.
Two Show Times: Dinner at 7:30 and a Cocktail Show at 10:00 PM.
Reservations (503) 295-6542.
Tickets to be announced. Check out Portland Jazz Festival for updates.
Bobby Torres and his Ensemble will perform with special guests to join Julana Torres and the Ensemble's driving Latin polyrhythms, tasty piano licks, synco-pulsating Latin bass, and sizzling horns. This is a family friendly venue. Minors are welcome to join us for the first set (which usually ends at 9:30). Down Beat Magazine calls Jimmy Mak's "One of the world's top 100 places to hear jazz." Fans! Especially for you, Jimmy will clear a large area in front of the stage for dancing. There will be plenty of room for you to kick it with Bobby, the Ensemble and all your friends.

 

 

 
Planning an
Event?

The Ensemble can flex from
a tight trio to the full dozen.

Add dance instruction and/or the colorful Mirandas and your event will be underway.

Contact Bobby

 
 


Drumming Parties Now Available!!

Ideal for birthdays, corporate events, schools...
No experience required.

Fun, entertaining, educational, and uniquely memorable. Using drums and other percussion instruments, participants in your event will play together as One, making real music composed of many interrelated parts.  Bobby will bring instruments and drummers.  He will personally guide each participant, sharing the art of connecting through rhythm.  Complete beginners to accomplished musicians will all play together as One!  Any size group. 1½ hour session; combine sessions for half-day and full day events.   Contact Bobby

Bobby Torres' Drumming Parties, Portland Oregon.  
 

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee


Bobby Torres was inducted along with Terry Robb, Dan Balmer and others, into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday July 21, 2009. The formal ceremony was October 17, 2009 - at the Roseland Theater. More info at: www.oregonmusichalloffame.org.

 


 

 



Conga Drum Class

Contact Bobby for private conga drum lessons: bobby@bobbytorres.com
or call Bobby at (503) 224-9314.

Percussionist Bobby Torres is a record producer, songwriter, percussion instructor, session musician and band leader based in Portland, Oregon. Yes, the Ensemble is great for salsa dancing!

Bobby Torres Ensemble
(503) 224-9314
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