posted by Robert J. Carmack #@blues2jazzguy
There are, on any given night in Los Angeles a jazz group playing somewhere in the city. Not being the Jazz city it was known for in 50,60s and even The 70s, L.A. has learned to “settle” for whats popular or what feels cushy and commercial. Well Saturday night at 9pm,January 10, there will be no cushy, “commercial pabulum’ pouring on the bandstand at the Seabird Lounge in Long Beach,California, One main reason is because a major iconic group will be performing ,The Azar Lawrence Quintet. Azar a throwback to the days when guys played the whole tenor saxophone , not just the upper register while circular breathing. Lawrence is known for his contributions as sideman to McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Woody Shaw. Lawrence was the tenor saxophonist Tyner used following John Coltrane’s death. I personally saw him perform with Alice Coltrane at the famous jazz spot, The Lighthouse in the early 70s, he was not quite 21 yet.
I insist you come out and witness a monumental performance by a stellar personnel cast. Special Guest Vocalist Jeff Robinson, playing Piano, Theo Saunders, holding court on bass , Jeff Littleton, and the award-winning master drummer/producer , Alphonse Mouzon. Mouzon’s record speaks for its self as a major impact player for the last 30 + years , while performing with, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and leading his own Fusion Bands. ONE NIGHT ONLY TWO SETS. 730 E. Broadway Long Beach,Calif. 562-522-5240
contact the club for more info. 562-522-8488