For Immediate Release, New York, Ny/Los Angeles, Ca - October 25, 2009 /Azar Lawrence - New York State of Mind
Jazz Progenitor, Titan, and Giant ...... are words often used to describe Saxophonist Azar Lawrence. Azar has released three titles over the past few years and has a new production in the can, Mystic Dreams, featuring the Great Rashied Ali due out 2010. He has been playing throughout the country and divides his permanent residency between Los Angeles and New York.
As a teen Elvin Jones asked Azar to join him in New York where he would become a member of Elvin's group, Jazz Machine. After a few years with Elvin he was asked to join McCoy Tyner's band where he is prominent on several of Tyner's productions.
As he embarks on a continuous sojourn into jazz he has returned to his New York jazz roots to begin his Prayer For My Ancestor tour November 2009 at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York.
Azar Lawrence is in residence!
Azar will premiere Prayer For My Ancestors live with his septet After Hours Tue-Sat, Nov 10-14, Azar Lawrence with Lorca Hart, Gerald Hayes, Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Essiet, Billy Hart (Nov 12-14 only) & Eddie Henderson (Nov 13-14 only) 12:45 am, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall-33 West 60th Street, Fl. 11, New York, NY. Tickets $10-$20 212 258.9595
Other News . . .
"Recent News", Azar's upcoming album, Mystic Dreams features his septet with our dearly departed Brother in music; Rashied Ali (d); Azar Lawrence, (t, s sax); Eddie Henderson, (t); Benito Gonzalez, (p); Essiet Essiet, (b); and Gerald Hayes, (a, sax) and will be released mid 2010.
The quartet will be touring throughout 2010. Billy Hart originally scheduled to perform on Mystic Dreams will be holding down the beat on drums. Azar led this production in a recording that took place in New York, April 2009, he along with his fellow band members are honored to have swung with Jazz’s premiere drummer, who went home to be with the Ancestors August 2010. Heaven is Swinging!
Azar performs in a Tribute to John Gary featuring Azar Lawrence & Willie Williams, Tenor Saxophone; Onaje Allan Gumbs, p; Paul Beaudry, b; Alvester Garnett, d, @ The Bassline Cafe 130 E. 1st St. Mt. Vernon, NY, Sun, Nov 22, 3-6pm, $20 advance/$25 door Bass Line 917.882.9539
Upcoming - Azar will be teaching a Jazz Masters class and will lead his quartet in a performance at Fayetteville State University, North Carolina.
In 2010 Azar will performs with his septet featuring Billy Hart, (d), Eddie Henderson, (t); Benito Gonzalez, p; Essiet Essiet (b); and Gerald Hayes, (a, sax), May 2010, led by Azar in a "Tribute To Lost Treasures" - Ali’s Alley at the Tribeca Performing Art’s Center, New York, NY.
Azar performs May 2010 at the Kumble Theatre, Long Island University, Long Island, NY It's Time "Max Roach" Tribute
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