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

 


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Private Party
Featuring Bobby Torres Trio: Bobby Torres - congas, Dan Gaynor - piano, Chris Voitach - guitar
4:00-8:00 pm.

 

 

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.Live Recording...
Friday, January 23, 2015
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

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Portland Trail Blazers
Bobby Torres and Julana Torres have been invited
to perform the national anthem at the Blazer Game vs the L.A. Lakers!

 

 

 

 

Valentine's Day Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Jimmy Mak's

Bobby Torres friends with Joe Cocker since 1969 performs tribute to Joe Valentine's Day 2015 at Jimmy Maks
Special Guest Sean Holmes
Julana Torres
Bobby with his friend Joe
 

A Romantic Evening featuring guest vocalist Sean Holmes and a tribute to Rock'n Roll's beloved singer Joe Cocker. Two Showtimes!

Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl.
7:30 PM - Dinner Show - and a 10:00 pm Cocktail Show.
To purchase your tickets for the show click here.
After your purchase your tickets, call to make your table reservation right away: (503) 295-6542.
Celebrating the Ensemble's 21st Anniversary, special guest vocalist, Sean Holmes and Julana Torres will perform such hits as The Letter, Feeling All Right, and You are So Beautiful in tribute to Joe Cocker (Bobby performed and toured with Joe 1969-1971). Driving Afro-Cuban rhythms ignite this inspired blend of Latin, Jazz, and Rock-n-Roll to create Torres’ signature sound. Bobby’s Ensemble features Latin polyrhythms, tasty piano licks, a synco-pulsating Latin bass, and sizzling horns. There will be plenty of room for couples to revel on the dance floor, so, bring your loved ones and your dancing shoes to enjoy this romantic evening. Make your reservations today as Valentine's Day shows tend to sell out early!

 

 


Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, February 21, 2015
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

 



Saturday, February 28, 2015 - Two Show Times!
Portland Jazz Festival Features the Bobby Torres Ensemble with Special Guests...
Oregon Music Hall of Fame winner Bobby Torres invites 3x Grammy Winner Luis Conte and Carmelo Torres (of Los Lonely Boys), and vocalists Shoshana Bean (Wicked)and Karla Harris to join Julana Torres & the Ensemble

Luis Conte special guest with the Bobby Torres Ensemble 2/28/15 Portland Jazz Festival
Luis Conte
Bobby Torres
Carnelo Torres
Shoshana Bean
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.
Tickets 7:30 $20 GA / $25 Reserved AND 10:00 $18 GA / $22 Reserved
Bobby Torres and his Ensemble will perform with special guests Luis Conte and Carmelo Torres along with special guest vocalists Shoshanna Bean and Karla Harris who 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). We suggest you call now for reservations (503) 295-6542. For the late night crowd without reservations, some seating does open up after 10:00 pm. 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
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.

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, March 20, 2015
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 Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, April 17, 2015
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 MaksSaturday May 9, 2015
Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District. 8 PM. Cover $10.00
7:00 PM - Latin Street Dancing Lessons included with your cover - No partner and no experience necessary.
8:00 PM - Bobby’s Ensemble will perform featuring vocalist Julana Torres with 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). We suggest you call now for reservations (503) 295-6542. For the late night crowd without reservations, some seating does open up after 10:00 pm. 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.


Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, May 15, 2015
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 Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, June 19, 2015
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 Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, July 17, 2015
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

 

 

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.

Bobby Torres and Julana Torres with the Bobby Torrres Ensemble at Jimmy MaksSaturday August 1 , 2015
Jimmy Mak's
221 N.W. 10th Portland OR 97209 - downtown, close to the corner of NW 10th & Everett in the Pearl District. 8 PM. Cover $10.00
7:00 PM - Latin Street Dancing Lessons included with your cover - No partner and no experience necessary.
8:00 PM - Bobby’s Ensemble will perform featuring vocalist Julana Torres with 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). We suggest you call now for reservations (503) 295-6542. For the late night crowd without reservations, some seating does open up after 10:00 pm. 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.


Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, August 21, 2015
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 Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, September 18, 2015
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

 

 

 
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.

 



 

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.

 

 



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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