1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park, Florida  Phone: 407-636-9951

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Please scroll to see upcoming events and purchase tickets.  Tickets are also available at the door.  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.  

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


New Program!  Community TicketsPlease 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.


Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez Trio

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

Free admission!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris Cortez 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.

Special guest, Charlie Silva, on bass. Charlie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. He started playing bass in his early teens and attended Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA where he studied with trumpet player Ray Brown. Charlie has worked with celebrities like Rosemary Clooney, George Burns, Rich Little and many more. Among jazz players he has backed up you will find Clark Terry, Mel Lewis, Buddy Tate, Buddy De Franco, Allen and Warren Vaché, Ken Peplowski and numerous others. Charlie is one of the most sought after bass players in Florida. He has played in the Buddy Morrow (Tommy Dorsey) and Woody Herman Orchestras, and locally with Terry Myers Orchestra, Bill and John Allred, Don Scaletta and many others.

Drummer extraordinaire, Marc Clermont, is also a vocalist, solo performer, guitarist, percussionist and CEO of Airtight Music.

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1772161886133333/

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

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

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

Thursday Night Hang: Steve Luciano Trio

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

Free admission!

Steve Luciano leads his swinging trio!

Guitarist and educator, Steve Luciano has performed with many jazz musicians including, Charles Erland, George Morrow, Joe Morello, Danny Gottlieb and Adam Nussbaum. He has also performed with Donald O’Conner, Robert Goulet, Regis & Kathy Lee, Michael Feinstein, Billy Preston, Pebo Bryson and Brian McKnight.

Steve has participated in the television program “ Jazz Here and Now” for WCEU Public Television in Daytona Beach Florida, with one of his original compositions being aired. He has also been part of the pit orchestra for “The Broadway Series” at the Bob Carr performing arts center in Orlando, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Steve also wrote a jazz guitar method book for Alfred publishing entitled “Jazz Sounds for Guitar."

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnZ76CqJM_o

Funding for this event provided by the City of Winter Park.

The Right Stuff featuring Suzy Park

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

THE RIGHT STUFF is an Orlando-based jazz band led by drummer Ron Cangro and features Suzy Park on lead vocals.

THE RIGHT STUFF plays a wide variety of classic and modern jazz along with upbeat blues, latin, funk and pop songs along with originals of their own.

http://www.therightstuffjazz.com/gallery/

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John DePaola Quintet

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

A fun night of favorite TV Themes with The John DePaola quintet featuring original arrangements by Dave MacKenzie!

John DePaola - Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Dave MacKenzie - Saxes and Flute; Charlie Silva - Bass; Mark McKee -Keyboards; Walt Hubbard - drums

John DePaola is a freelance trumpeter in Orlando, Florida. His style of jazz improvisation radiates warmth and is complimented by his ability to create melodic solos.

https://www.johndepaolamusic.com/

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Allan Vache Quartet

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

Clarinetist Allan Vache has performed many professional engagements with such jazz greats as: Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, Pee Wee Erwin, Gene Krupa, Dick Hyman, Max Kaminsky, Clark Terry, Dick Wellstood, Ed Hubble, Cliff Leeman, Bob Haggart, Jack Lesberg, Lionel Hampton, Bob Wilber and many others. He also made numerous appearances with his brother Warren Vaché, Jr.

Having toured in Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, Allan continues to work as a freelance artist in the Orlando area as well as appearing at many concerts and festivals in the U.S. and around the world.

Rounding out the Quartet are Walt Hubbard on drums, Charlie Silva on bass and Mark McKee on piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr1L6H0Q2U8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gaWT5iKRSc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=453TjTrzn5M

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Mark Dawson

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

On November 24 at 8pm, Mark Dawson, bass player and lead singer of the classic pop group The Grass Roots, will perform his original music, as well as varied selections presented in his own 'Dawson-ized' way, in an acoustic and intimate environment at The Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts. Plus, you'll be treated to several of Mark's musical friends as they perform on the show that night as well, You never know who's going to show up.

Order your tickets now for the 2nd Annual "Mark Dawson and Friends Holiday Concert"​. It sold out last year...don't wait for that to happen! And remember, there will also be a charity auction with your chance to win an autographed guitar signed by all the artists who perform, in addition to a "meet and greet" with all the artists after the show.

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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez

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

Free admission!

Chris Cortez's solo show features selections from his many CDs and all time favorites from the Great American Songbook to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more!

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

Jeff Rupert Quartet

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

Join us for a fabulous night of jazz!

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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Thursday Night Hang: Eddie Marshall Trio

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

Free admission!

A night of jazz with the Eddie Marshall Trio.

Well known to the Orlando scene, the Eddie Marshall Trio have been playing together for over 15 years. The trio consists of Eddie Marshall on sax & flute; Terry Brads on guitar and Jeff Green on acoustic bass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HtxB17jYZg

Funding for this event provided by the City of Winter Park.

Diego Figueiredo

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

Diego Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-ray-doe) is a new star of the guitar world. He is only 37, and he has released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs, and he has played in more than 60 contries around the world. He is the winner of several important competitions including The Montreux Jazz Competition, and the VISA Prize. Diego is now presenting his new concert “ From Classical to Jazz”. It is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical music. Diego has a unique interpretation, with tremendous techniques, enormous emotion, and his shows have been a great success to all audiences.

Diego Figueiredo was born in Franca, Brazil, in 1980, and at the age of 4, he used to strike poses carrying his small guitar. At six, he got a mandolin, which was kept in a very special place in his house. Diego played many instruments before choosing the electric guitar when he was twelve, playing in theaters and local pubs, revealing the great art of improvising and harmonizing. At 15, he conquered theaters and nightclubs in many different Brazilian states, playing solo or with renowned musicians.

Besides being a guitar player, Diego is a producer, arranger, orchestrator, and multi-instrumentalist.

Brazil continuously fosters new stars that impress and amaze their audiences with their joy and exceptional technique. Diego Figueiredo makes new fans every time he enters the stage, and very few others play the guitar as expressively as he does.

Having received awards twice at the Montreux Jazz Festival as one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Diego Figueiredo performs one amazing concert after another.

Diego has recorded and performed with big names like Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, Roberto Menescal, Toquinho, Belchior, Fafá de Belém, Angela Maria, Toninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Ken Peplowski, Lewis Nash, John Clayton, Cyrille Aimée and many others.

With a variety of work already released, Diego is doing shows on the most important stages around the world enchanting and charming the public wherever he goes with his unique touch.

Quotes “One of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life”
- George Benson

“Diego is a unique musician”
- Al Di Meola

Up next was a true virtuoso, jazz guitarist Diego Figuierido. Yes, we were all mesmerized by his amazing head of hair. But it was his incredibly fluid and natural performance style, his sense of true enjoyment as he dazzled us and his good-natured entertaining approach that truly grabbed us. Wow. I don’t even know what else to say. Seemingly effortless and thoroughly fabulous. - Laura B. Whitmore / Guitar World Magazine

Thank you for all your help with the Diego Figueiredo engagement here at Lehigh. It was positively wonderful. He is really a lovely and generous person as well as being a remarkable artist. Please pass my appreciation on to him for his great performance. - Deborah Sacarakis / Director of Programming / Zoellner Arts Center / Lehigh University

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l1TiGYbCCk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsRBxTFOv9I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yz5w_vx9Hk

www.diegofigueiredo.com

Central Florida Jazz Society Presents Birth of the Cool

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

Trumpeter Matt Mill presents the music from "Birth of the Cool", the classic recording by Miles Davis.

Enjoy the warm sounds of this nine piece ensemble performing music composed by Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, Denzil Best and others.

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

Jason Marsalis Quartet

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

From a tender young age it was clear that Jason Marsalis had what it took to be great. Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz.

With each passing year Jason Marsalis continues to grow and develop as both a composer and performer. With a fire in his heart and a passion for the music, his will to swing has never been more resolute. The maturity and the command he possesses over his music is clearly evident to those who have heard or seen him.

Read more about Jason's musical journey and contributions here: http://jasonmarsalis.com/about/biography/

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

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Bobby Koelble presents: The Absinthe Trio

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

The Absinthe Trio rides again at Central Florida's premiere artistic venue, playing a mix of their original compositions, a fresh take on jazz classics, and a couple of classic rock surprises!

Featuring Bobby Koelble (guitar/vocals), Matt Lapham (bass), and Rion Smith (drums).

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. Today, Koelble is a professor of Jazz guitar at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He is guitarist for the Dave LaRue Band, The Absinthe Trio, and is a member of the hit jazz group "The Jazz Professors," who have released two Top Twenty Billboard Jazz albums to date. He has performed with Sam Rivers, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Chris Potter, Larry Coryell, Kenny Drew Jr. and the finest jazz musicians in Central Florida.

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1859054557444065/

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

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Thursday 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

Funding for this event provided by the City of Winter Park.

Diane Marino Quartet

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

Joining Diane are: Don Aliquo – sax & flute; Frank Marino – bass and Greg Parnell – drums

“Diane Marino is an unusually unique talent- great pianist, vocalist and arranger” – Les Davis, Real Jazz-Sirius/XM

When you combine an accomplished vocalist, pianist, and arranger all in one individual, you have the dynamic Diane Marino.

Diane was born in Manhattan, NYC. She started her early piano training of classical studies and jazz improvisation from the age of 10. Diane graduated from NYC’S ‘Famed’ High School for the Performing Arts and later received her B.M. degree from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan as a piano performance major where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia.

In her over 35 year career, Diane has performed Great American Song Book, Traditional jazz, Latin and Brazilian jazz to captivated audiences in jazz venues, performing arts centers and festivals such as Birdland – NYC, Blues Alley – D.C., Vitello’s Jazz Club – L.A., Arts Garage-Del Ray Beach, Twins Jazz-D.C., Nighttown-Cleveland, Heidi’s Jazz Club-Cocoa Beach, Trumpets Jazz Club -NJ, Germantown Performing Arts Center, The Metropolitan Room-NYC, Bethesda Blues & Jazz – D.C to name a few.

M&M Records Recording Artist Diane Marino has recorded six CD’s- all of which have received widespread airplay and critical acclaim.

Soul Serenade”-The Gloria Lynne Project (2018) is the newest release by Diane Marino in which she presents an album of rarely heard and totally refreshing songs made popular by the great Jazz-Soul/Jazz vocalist Gloria Lynne. Diane has recorded and shared the stage with jazz legends Houston Person, Ralph Lalama, Joe Henderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Pete Escovedo, Tania Maria, Kirk Whalum, pop music icon Felix Cavaliere and many others.

“Marino has an exceptional ability to enunciate a lyric clearly, and her timing fits that of a piano player, making the note hit just the right place for the most swinging effect” ‐ Jazz Weekly.com

“The collaboration of Marino & Person for “Loads of Love” is a winning combination and a step in the right direction for traditional jazz. A gorgeous collection of blues influenced ballads & love songs” – Eric Harabadian – Jazz Inside Magazine

Please visit Diane’s website for her music, live videos and downloadable EPK and additional info: www.dianemarino.com

Direct Link to EPK: http://dianemarino.com/epk

Youtube: www.youtube.com/dianemarino

http://dianemarino.com/read-what-the-critics-are-saying/

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Jonathan Baptiste and The Urban Intellectuals

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

Jonathan Baptiste is a bassist/composer, and native of Orlando, Florida. Raised in church, his roots are predominantly in Gospel. He attended Polk State College's music program, where he received the Marie Ann Golden and the Polk County Cultural Arts Scholarships. Jonathan is currently a Junior in UNF's Jazz Studies Program, where he is the recipient of the American Music Scholarship and Weinstein Memorial Scholarship in Leadership. This past year, he received the Most Outstanding Musician of the Year award at the UNF School of Music.

Jonathan is the 2018 Northeast Florida Jazz Association Jazz Scholarship Recipient. Outside of school, he is a music teacher at Ulysses Owens' Don't Miss A Beat Music Academy and Jacksonville Arts and Music School. He is also a freelance musician, having played with the likes of 2x Grammy Award winning Saxophonist Tivon Pennicott, Sofija Knezevic, Terry "Doc" Handy, Daniel D, Marcus Printup, Riza Printup, Nat Adderley, Jr., Jon Irabagon, Charenee Wade, Patrick Bartley, Jamison Ross, Fred Wesley, Alyson Williams, John Lumpkin and International Gospel Recording Artist, Lisa McClendon and others.

Recently, Jonathan received the great honor of being chosen by the legendary jazz trombonist Teddy Adams, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, as a Future of Jazz recipient. He and the other recipients were honored at the Savannah Heritage Festival. He performed with Teddy in a featured concert honoring the great bassist Ben Tucker and his music. Jonathan has also played with his band, The Urban Intellectuals at the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

https://www.jonathanbaptiste.com/media

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