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Azar Lawrence led a very musical childhood and began playing drums at the age of five and moved onto violin and piano under the direction of his mother Ima Lawrence. Ima, a gifted musician and teacher from whom Azar received his acute flair for all things music has shaped many successful musicians. Azar began playing with the USC JR Orchestra at the age of five. He played violin until the age of 8. He performed vocals accompanied by his mother during elementary school where she taught sixth grade and music At age eleven he began hearing a different musical voice. He was an accomplished pianist, violinist and vocalist in his own right at the time. He thought it was time to learn viola


Points of View

Label: Left Angle Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Sunburst, Alex the Great, Ain't Gon Change A Thang, In Search of Truth, Okonkole y Trompa, A Toast to the People, Fusion/Noche Cubana, Ain't No Need in Crying, Oriental Folk Song, My Lord and Master.


An Evening With Kevin Toney and Friends - Jazz Legacy

Label: K-Tone Enterprises
Released: 2023
Track listing: Introduction Lush Life Rejoice Happy Dance Dominique Intro Lullaby of Birdland – featuring Dominique Toney Kamau Kenyatta intro Love is on My Side – featuring Dominique Toney & Kamau Kenyatta I Can’t Take That Intro I Can’t Take That – featuring Dominique Toney A Sentimental Mood – featuring Azar Lawrence Squeeze Me


Article: SoCal Jazz

Eric Reed Quartet, Pan African People's Arkestra and Pharoah Sanders / Joey DeFrancesco Tribute Band

Read "Eric Reed Quartet, Pan African People's Arkestra and Pharoah Sanders / Joey DeFrancesco Tribute Band" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Eric Reed Quartet Sam FirstLos Angeles, CA June 9, 2023 This spring's weather was unseasonably cool, but the jazz scene has been hot in California! In June, master pianist Eric Reed brought his quartet, including tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, bassist Mike Gurrola and drummer Reggie Quinerly to Sam First, a cozy ...

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Kevin Toney


Piano Master KEVIN TONEY Celebrates 50th Year in Music with Expansive Concert Recording Documenting His Spirited Acoustic Legacy in Jazz

Album Features Daughter Dominique Toney, Azar Lawrence and Kamau Kenyatta


Let it be stated – no shouted from the highest mountaintop – that the root source of piano virtuoso Kevin Toney’s dynamic musical artistry has ALWAYS been hardcore straight-ahead Jazz. As an A+ disciple of the Art Tatum’s, Oscar Peterson’s, McCoy Tyner's, Errol Garner’s, and Herbie Hancock’s of the idiom (as well as Detroit-born schoolmate of Geri Allen), Kevin Toney began his journey into the dexterous essence of Jazz absorbing the richness and excellence of its most exploratory players. Though as a child of the `60s, Kevin additionally enjoys and throttles the thrilling sounds of raw, unbridled Blues, Soul, and Rock ‘n Roll – and as a deeply spiritual man serves GOD in Gospel – Jazz is the music Toney has returned to time and time again to flex the freedoms and disciplines it offers in quantifiably equal measure. 


Article: In Pictures

Jazz At LACMA: 30 Years Of Friday Night Jazz

Read "Jazz At LACMA: 30 Years Of Friday Night Jazz" reviewed by Chuck Koton

For more than thirty years, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been presenting a free, swinging jazz concert every Friday evening. During that time so many jazz clubs in the Los Angeles area have come and gone: the Vine Street Bar and Grill, Charlie O's, Spazio's and Cafe Metropol, among others, have all ...


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: Album Review

The Headhunters: Speakers In The House

Read "Speakers In The House" reviewed by Chris May

Although it appears to have been self-released in limited numbers in 2019, this Ropeadope release of Speakers In The House is effectively the Headhunters's first album since Platinum (Owl) in 2011. The band continues to be led and produced by its two Herbie Hancock-era members, percussionist Bill Summers and drummer Mike Clark, who together have kept ...


Article: Live Review

The Azar Lawrence Experience at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society

Read "The Azar Lawrence Experience at Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society" reviewed by Roy Strassman

The Azar Lawrence Experience Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay, CA July 31, 2022 Azar Lawrence's most recent incarnation of The Azar Lawrence Experience brought its energetic presence to grace Half Moon Bay's Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society on July's final afternoon. The “Experience" featured a unique front line ...


Article: Album Review

Nduduzo Makhathini: In The Spirit Of Ntu

Read "In The Spirit Of Ntu" reviewed by Chris May

There are strong links between London's alternative jazz scene and the parallel and burgeoning one in South Africa. A case in point is the connection between South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and British tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings. Makhathini and Hutchings' similar ages and overlapping, cosmologically informed takes on jazz meant they were ...


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