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.