Blue Bamboo Center For the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3), NON-PROFIT, charitable corporation.

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Please scroll down to see upcoming events, and click on the individual items to learn more and purchase tickets.  Tickets are also available at the door if the show has not sold out.  We offer a 20% student or military discount.  Just present your student or military ID and purchase your ticket at the door or call ahead to reserve your seats.  Parking is available in our lot, the grassy lot across the street or in the paved lot directly to the West of us.  

Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Chieli Minucci - guitar, bandleader; Joel Rosenblatt - drums; Jerry Brooks - bass and Jay Rowe - piano, keys

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX, featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 35 years. Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others. Although renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, and others. Chieli’s original scoring work can be heard in live stage productions of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and others.

http://chielimusic.com/

Note: Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts members must pay full price for this event.

Walter Parks and Rob Curto

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Walter Parks, longtime guitarist sideman to Woodstock legend Richie Havens, joins accordionist extraordinaire Rob Curto in melding Southern US, European and South American musical influences. Their self-described “swampalachia” style re-imagines the soundtrack to the building of America wherein traditional hollers, reels, spirituals, work songs and hymns are all manifested in a contemporary way.

Walter Parks • Solo • “The Comin' Home Holler" Park Theatre • Union City, New Jersey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvKdXFM5eMs

Video with Walter Parks/ Rob Curto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF6MY_py0sw

Ozarkalachia (Walter, Rob Curto & Jagoda): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeCq6VH2yGQ&feature=youtu.be

I Love Paris (Walter with drum/bass trio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mwRSUvICY8&feature=youtu.be

Georgia on My Mind (Walter solo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeJsbtcoP6I&feature=youtu.be

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The Black Feathers

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.

It's been an incredible couple of years for the The Black Feathers. Their debut album was met with critical acclaim and broke into the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart. A live album recorded at The Convent in Stroud has also just been released and very well received.

https://theblackfeathers.com

https://theblackfeathers.com/videos

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Simone Kopmajer Band featuring Terry Myers

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

"Terry Myers is undoubtedly one of the best all-around reed players in the country today." So said Buddy Morrow, former leader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and one of the great musicians and band leaders who was there for the early stages of the "Big Band Era." "His versatility and expertise on the clarinet and saxophone are a treat to the ears."

Simone Kopmajer is one of the most internationally successful contemporary jazz musicians from Austria. With her charisma and unbelievable talent, Simone manages to give her songs a very specific emotional, charming and in-depth note, which simply touches the people. Her sound is located somewhere between jazz, swing and tasteful pop. Although her music is very relaxed, flowing and elegant, it is also very playful and varied – these multilayered facets distinguished her early off from similar formats and made her music all the more interesting.

With the ability to constantly raise her music to the next level, we may assume that there is yet a lot more to come and it will be exciting to see where the journey will still take this exceptional singer.

Simone worked together with: George Mraz, Victor Lewis, Houston Person, Dick Oatts, Richie Goods, Eric Alexander, Ira Sullivan, Terry Myers, Reinhardt Winkler, Wolfgang Puschnig, John di Martino, Kenny Davis, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Herbert Joos, and Larry Coryell. Don't miss this special program.

http://www.simonekopmajer.com

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Wednesday Night Hang! Marco Bojorquez Band

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Free admission!

Marco is one of the area's in demand bassists performing with Robotman, Chris Cortez, and many of Central Florida's top players.

Check out some of Marco's bass work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMnmfmXmX58

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mUVsW2cnt4

This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

Cortez and Friends

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Featuring Chris on guitar & vocals; Ed Krout on piano; Chuck Archard on bass; Alain Bradette on saxophone and Paul Parker on drums.

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDYjbXg_D8Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHGBidlInE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UI0n-OWkuc

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

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Bob James Trio Featuring Will Patrick 7:30pm Show

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Bob James Trio featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and Special Guest Will Patrick on Guitar

Bob James is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote the theme song for the TV show Taxi.

Come join us for a fabulous night!

http://bobjames.com

Note: Blue Bamboo members must pay full price for this event.

Bob James Trio Featuring Will Patrick 10:00pm Show

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Bob James Trio featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and Special Guest Will Patrick on Guitar

Bob James is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote the theme song for the TV show Taxi.

Come join us for a fabulous night!

http://bobjames.com

Note: Blue Bamboo members must pay full price for this event.

Private Event

This is a private event.

Alexis Cole

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance. A dozen albums into her critically acclaimed career, she may also be the best-kept secret in jazz, a status that’s certain to change as more people are discovering her for themselves.

The year 2009 was a big one for Alexis: She released her first albums on both Motéma Music and Venus Records… and went to Basic Training to prepare for her new job as a jazz singer for the US Army.

During her seven years in the Army’s Big Band, Cole had the opportunity to grow as a musician and a person, sharing the stage with ensembles as diverse as the New York Philharmonic and Kool and the Gang. Alexis continued recording throughout her tour of duty, releasing a string of well-received albums, including four titles for Venus, two for Motema, and two on Chesky Records. She proved her versatility on everything from jazz standards to Paul Simon’s lesser known compositions, to Disney love songs to a project on which she teamed up with a fellow serviceman 50 years her senior, the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

Though Alexis transformed into an insightful interpreter of jazz during her Army years, understandably, her personal advancements and achievements had to take a back seat to her military responsibilities.

Alexis has blossomed since leaving the service in 2016, trading her uniforms and fatigues for sleek cocktail dresses and chic hats, and focusing fully on her art. The singer’s career has taken on exciting new momentum, with recent accomplishments including gigs at celebrated venues like Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Blue Note; and performances as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Boston Pops and the Detroit Symphony. Alexis also recently contributed a guest turn on pianist Harold Mabern’s star-studded album Afro Blue, alongside the likes of fellow guests Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, and Jane Monheit.

On the education front, Alexis Cole now heads the vocal program at the renowned conservatory at SUNY Purchase, and is a Jamey Aebersold-sponsored clinician. She’s looking forward to guest lecturing at the acclaimed Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands this coming academic year. This summer Alexis and her trio will take the stage for a residency at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan’s famous Carlyle Hotel, following in the footsteps of Marian McPartland and Barbara Carroll.

Alexis Cole’s freshly reclaimed civilian status has opened a new world where her profound experience can meld more completely with her worldview and personal expression. As the noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow points out, “Alexis Cole grows in power, maturity, and depth each year. She continues to have unlimited potential.” Whether you’re a long-time jazz fan or a newcomer to the art form, you won’t want to miss a single note from this icon in-the-making.

https://www.alexiscole.com/

https://www.alexiscole.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VarXFF8zXks

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Bobby Koelble presents the music of the Blue Note Label

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Jazz fans know of the incredible legacy of the Blue Note record label, who recorded jazz icons John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and a long list of jazz' elite performers. Bobby Koelble and Doug Spoonamore have teamed up to present some of their favorite re-imaginings of some of Blue Note's classic hits.

Bobby Koelble is a guitarist and teacher whose artistry ranges from straight-ahead jazz to heavy metal. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and was a member of the foundational death metal band Death. He also released four albums as the guitarist/vocalist/composer for the eclectic rock band Junkierush.

Bobby's shows at Blue Bamboo are always awe inspiring and innovative. He's produced Jimi met Miles, Los Hombres De Led Zeppelin, Django met Bird, Lady K sings Lady Day, a tribute to Pat Metheny, and many others to great acclaim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbYiru6lzfM&t=5s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kePgBB3f7b8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLUlP_GQljM

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Night at the Movies - New Record Release from Svetlana

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

About the Show: Night at the Movies, is a fourteen-track collection of jazz arrangements of film music that spans a century of cinema - based on Svetlana’s chart topping record Night at the Movies which debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Jazz Album Charts / #2 on Jazz Album Charts. The concert is also a love letter to dreaming — both the night and its mysteries, as well as reflecting the yearning for something more, escaping from unwanted realities through imagination and optimism, and persevering despite all odds. Svetlana's Night at the Movies takes listeners on a dynamic musical journey that ranges from the French New Wave and Soviet Cinema, to modern day Academy Award-winners, and animated classics - presented by the New York Swing Collective, the ensemble of New York emerging jazz stars. Film and music both express a fleeting beauty. Night at the Movies reflects these moments of joy and passion, sharp humor and reflection, and most of all, fantasy - and the concert program transports the audience to the carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from sophisticated retrospection to a joyful rowdy dance party.

About Svetlana: Russian-by-birth American-by-Music Svetlana is "Astrud Gilberto in New York via Moscow" (Guy Eckstine), "erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse" (Lucid Culture), that leads her"subtle, compelling, eclectically torchy jazz combos" (NY Music Daily) playing music that is firmly based in the jazz tradition but is also for "here and now" (New York Music Daily), "sophisti-pop… exuberant, foot-stompin’ music that combines swing with pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities”. (WPIX11 News). Svetlana and her band have headlined sold out shows in the premier venues and festivals across the US and internationally gaining critical acclaim from audiences and press alike by presenting exhilarating shows that combine Svetlana's exciting vocals, with the the power, and unpredictable improvisational aspects of her various ensembles.

Svetlana's debut album Night at the Speakeasy has been produced by Grammy Award Winning Guy Eckstine, has premiered among the "most added" on JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts and has been released to critical acclaim (Top 10 2015 albums, Classicalite, Vents Magazine, Bill's Place Music). Svetlana's 2019 album, Night at the Movies, has debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Jazz Album Charts / #2 on Jazz Album Charts. It was produced by Grammy Award nominated Matt Pierson, and arranged by Grammy Award winning Gil Goldstein, and features Wycliffe Gordon, Sullivan Fortner, Pasquale Grasso, Rogerio Boccato, and more.

Videos: Moonlight (from movie Sabrina, 1995) https://youtu.be/5zKhkhfvxMY

Cheek to Cheek (from movie Top Hat, 1935): https://youtu.be/IE9cIe_8wwU

Night at the Movies EPK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j1m0KjullY

Recent Press:
”Energetic…. Outstanding vocalist” - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal “Effortless and delicate, sincere, and ethereal” PopMatters | ”Gorgeous alto conveys the essence of the song so beautifully.... essaying with smoldering restrained passion... drawing the listener into the world these songs evoke”... NYC Jazz Record ”Refined voice… gorgeous atmosphere” - The Walker, Japan ”Beautiful voice, sharp phrasing, ability to turn every track into a small play with its own plot - and mainly, jazz feeling” - JazzQuad, Russia ”Sultry and sensuous trip....Anthem of positivity.... Replete with yearning and dreaminess”.... Aquarian, USA

http://svetlanajazz.com/

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Heather Thorn and Vivacity

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Vivacity presents the band that went to Brazil to headline the Festival I Love Jazz in September! They will perform the same show with the musicians who traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to perform for 5,000 jazz lovers. This show will be reminiscent of the classic hits Vivacity has established over the last three years! Featuring Heather Thorn - xylophone; Eddie Metz (the Count Basie Orchestra) - drums; Per Danielsson - piano; Greg Zabel (The Glenn Miller Orchestra) - bass and Dave Mackenzie - saxophone, clarinet and flute.

http://vivacitymusic.com/

Jeff Rupert Quartet featuring Stephanie Nakasian

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Join us for a fabulous night of jazz with Jeff on saxophone, Marty Morrell on drums, Ben Kramer on bass, Richard Drexler on piano and Stephanie Nakasian on vocals.

Stephanie Nakasian is a former singer with vocal master Jon Hendricks and Company and the Jim Cullum jazz band. She is the mother of jazz sensation Veronica Swift.

Stephanie is an exciting, well-seasoned vocalist and master of innovative jazz improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and vibrant sound all her own. Bringing high energy to every performance, Stephanie enthralls listeners with her pure tones and a flawless delivery, engaging them on a personal level with a love for the music that is playful, electric and spontaneous in story and song. She continues to tour and record as a vocal leader.

https://www.stephanienakasian.com/

Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Rupert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxqs5Fm3DGw

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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Dave Mackenzie/Ron Mills Quartet

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Dave Mackenzie/Ron Mills Quartet pay tribute to Dave Brubeck.

David Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke." Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his mother's classical training and his own improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures as well as superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

Note: Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts members must pay for this event.

Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Come on out for an evening of fun, interactive music with the talented Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes! Jason is a former Florida State Champion on both fiddle and mandolin, and Billy is known for having one of the greatest country voices in Central Florida! After years of performing at Disney, this experienced acoustic duo brings their own brand of entertainment to the Blue Bamboo!! You'll hear bluegrass, country, blues, Cajun, Celtic, southern rock, oldies, and originals. Make sure to request a song! They may just try it, whether they know it or not!

https://www.facebook.com/JasonandBilly/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/198128880586031/

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Orlando Jazz Orchestra Quintet Presents: A Tribute to JJ Johnson & Kai Winding

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Join the Orlando Jazz Orchestra Quintet as they feature two full-length albums recorded by the godfather of jazz trombone, JJ Johnson, alongside the artistry of Kai Winding. Together the duo recorded hundreds of tunes showcasing the sound of trombone mastery. From arranging to playing, it is clear how two trombonists managed to record dozens of hit albums together. To fill the roles of JJ and Kai, Corey Paul and Derrick Harris take the stage with Greg Parnell on drums; Bob Thornton on piano and Greg Zabel on bass. Come enjoy an evening of classic tunes that 'swing' along with a few surprises on the way!

http://www.orlandojazzorchestra.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1945737822109071/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0XMjFzjeQ0

Thursday Night Hang! Dave Sheffield Trio

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Free admission!

Regarded as one of the finest jazz trios in the central Florida area, the group features Dave on piano, Jeff Green on bass, and Don Sanderson on drums. This is an authentic jazz trio with repertoire consisting of standards from the Great American song book. The group can easily crossover from easy listening dinner music, to hard bebop.

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSpwIdyH2vs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPFEbN29QuE&list=PLwC75S-CTNSCBF7Rkkf6VLFVLySBTmO4G

This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

Important!  If you have received free tickets from one of our representatives, please call 407-636-9951 to reserve your seat.  We may not be able to guarantee your seat without a reservation.


Community Tickets – Please consider purchasing additional tickets, for “community” status.  Community Tickets are given free of charge, to someone who cannot afford to attend.  Retirees, shut-ins, students, etc… are given the opportunity to attend the show thanks to your generosity.  Blue Bamboo will match every community ticket sold.  Unclaimed tickets are applied to the next event.  If you would like to donate community tickets, just purchase the additional tickets, and send an email to bluebambooartcenter@yahoo.com with the subject line “Community’  In the body, please indicate which show, and how many tickets you intended for “community status.”  If you’d like to be considered to receive community tickets, please contact Melody Cortez at MelodyCortez@live.com or call 407-636-9951.