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Performing on Friday, October 5 at 6pm in a double bill with the Will Kjeer Trio, winners the Young Artist Competition at LACMA



Azar Lawrence  - sax   |   Munyungo Jackson - percussion   |   Windy Barnes Farrell - vocals

Brian Swartz - trumpet   |   Theo Saunders - piano & keys

Yayo Morales - drums   |   Lawrence Shaw - bass


Azar  Lawrence  got  his  mark  in the Jazz world  playing with three members of the John Coltrane Quartet after Mr. Coltrane’s death.  Hired by Coltrane drummer  Elvin Jones  when  he  was  just  19,  the  prodigious  young  saxophonist  would  be  tapped  3 years later  by  McCoy  Tyner  to  fill  the  large  shoes  of  leader  John  Coltrane,  where he would remain for 5 ½ years.    Azar  grew  up  during  an  era  of  prolificacy  and  transcendence  in  Jazz  music  that  to  this  day  has stood  the  test  of  time.

Since  the  early  2000's,  the  consummate  artist  has  returned  full  force  to  his  post hard-Bop  Jazz roots.  Lawrence's  distinctive  sound  embodies  a  deep  spirituality,  which  can  be  heard  on McCoy Tyner's  "Walk  Spirit,  Talk  Spirit.”   Azar  released  several albums since 2000 to go along with his previously released albums to include Legacy  and  Music  of  John  Coltrane,  Speak  The  Word,  Prayer  For  My  Ancestors,  and  The  Seeker, recorded  live with  Seth  Abramson,  Grammy  Winner  and  Artistic  Director  at  the  Jazz  Standard  in New  York.  The  Seeker  made  it  on  the  2014  ballot  for   Grammy- nominee  consideration. Other  productions  Azar  can  be  heard  on  that were created since 2000 are  'The  Cookers,  Cast  The  First  Stone'  - 2011 and  'Platinum'  The  Headhunters  - 2011.