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 July16, 2015
Private Party - featuring Bobby Torres Quartet with vocalist Margaret Linn, Lake Oswego

 

Bobby Torres Ensemble plays at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room every third Friday of the month.
Friday, July 17, 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

 

Friday, July 24, 2015
Private Party - featuring Bobby Torres Trio with Dan Gaynor and Chris Voitach 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Salem.

 

 

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.

 

Saturday August 1, 2015 - Two Shows!
Four Musical Monsters: Master Drummers Alex Acuna & Israel Annoh
with Bobby Torres & Reinhardt Melz

Special Guest:
Alex Acunña

Israel Annoh

Bobby Torres
Reinhardt Melz

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/event/3079
10:00 PM - Cocktail Show https://www.tickettomato.com/event/3080
Four Musical Monsters: The Bobby Torres Ensemble presents a stunning evening - with a jaw dropping rhythm section  - featuring special guest Alex Acuña (Weather Report's Peruvian born Afro-Cuban master drummer and percussionist), Israel Annoh (master drummer and percussionist from Ghana), Bobby Torres, Reinhardt Melz, Damian Erskine (bass) and Dan Gaynor (piano).  The sizzling horn section and vocalist Julana Torres will fan the flames of Bobby Torres’ inspired blend of Latin, Jazz, and Rock-n-Roll. Bring your loved ones and your dancing shoes!

 

 

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

 

 

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, 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.
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
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

7pm Latin Street Dance Lessons

8pm Julana Torres & Bobby Torres Ensemble

Saturday October 17, 2015 - please check back for updates to this event!
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 $12.00
Call now for reservations (503) 295-6542.
7:00 PM - Latin Street Dance Lessons included with your cover - No partner and no experience necessary.
8:00 PM - Bobby’s Ensemble will perform - featuring special Julana Torres backed by 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). 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.

 

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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