Date(s) - 11/05/2021
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Corazón Performing Arts
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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.
- Azar Lawrence – saxophone
- Robert Turner – piano
- Michael Alvidrez – bass
- Wes Lowery – drums
- Munyungo Jackson – percussion
- Chris Lowery – trumpet
- Dale Williams – guitar
- Lynne Fiddmont – vocals
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 (November 5 marks the reissue of Azar’s 1985 Album, Shadow Dancing, digitally and on vinyl in December.)
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.
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