He wisely adhered to the counsel, and packed up and left Los Angeles for New York, January 2008, after having given care and comfort to his late mother for several years, until her passing. His contemporaries were right. With a new CD (Mystic Journey) about to drop that features the late Rashied Ali, Eddie Henderson, Benito Gonzalez, Gerald Hayes and Essiet Essiet, Azar is back fronting his own Sextet and is being asked to work with major musicians across the spectrum.
But, where he is honored the most is to have a chance to play with jazz greats, like Roy Hargrove, Billy Harper, Bobby Hutcherson, and others. Among one of many projects in the works, in April Azar will be recording and playing live with the Cookers".
In the words of Radio Ric of Portland, Oregon Azar can deliver the hard bop in the old school tradition with a 21st Century feel. Mod Bop!!", March 2010 - in Oregon Music News
Playing throughout New York Azar Lawrence will be at:
Fri. April 2 - Sat. April 3 - Smoke, 2751 Broadway between 105th and 106th St. New York, NY - The Cookers" featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Azar Lawrence, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart Sets: 8p (dinner set), 10p, 11:30p
Sat. May 1 - Kumble Theatre, Long Island University, NY. It's Time - A Tribute to Max Roach - featuring Mike Clark, Lenny White, Fred Wesley, Brian Jackson, Richie Goods & Azar Lawrence 7:30PM
Fri. May 7 - Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, NY - Tribute to Lost Treasures - Ali's Alley" Mystic Journey, new CD premiere - Azar Lawrence Sextet, Azar Lawrence, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Benito Gonzalez & Essiet Essiet Sets 8:30p, 9:30p