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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.

Special Consensus

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

Special Consensus – Grammy Nominated 2019

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations.

Special Consensus’ sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music; the infectious band sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today. With the foundation of Greg’s unique banjo playing style, Rick Faris (guitar), Nick Dumas (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain their bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from their award-winning John Denver tribute album while consistently maintaining their bluegrass center. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations, and was awarded Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.

Rivers and Roads captures the energy of a live Special C show. Just listen to Rick’s high, emotional singing, Nick’s fluid mandolin providing the formidable counter to Greg’s driving banjo and Dan holding everything together on the bass with his bluegrass, country, and jazz experience. Their voices blend seamlessly. International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The band has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.

Dedicated to preserving their craft as well as keeping it fresh, in 1984 Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program, to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.

Special C’s continued success is a testament to their adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2019.

www.specialc.com www.facebook.com/special.consensus

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Swamp Sistas La La Charity Brunch

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

Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

We love partnering with the Swamp Sistas and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida!

It's a fabulous way to accomplish some 'good' in our community. So. . . Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts is hosting the Swamp Sistas fundraiser brunch with spectacular food prepared by Chef Kathleen Blake and Chef Jamie McFadden, and music from The Swamp Sistas.

Proceeds and donations collected will go towards the Swamp Sistas annual La La For Kids Fund Drive total, which will be announced at the Swamp Sistas La La at Orlando Fringe on Saturday, May 18.

Violet Bell

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

Violet Bell’s original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic, and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.

Based out of Durham, the pair have played more than 300 shows in just over two years, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident in person and in videos of these live performances. The two share a mutual love of rock, hip-hop and R&B that, through what Ross calls “mixing medicines,” finds its way into their traditionally rooted music.

In addition to crafting their own tunes, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez are both involved in music education in the Durham area, providing youths with songwriting, instrumental and vocal instruction as well as teaching them about the realities of life for professional touring artists. Violet Bell has worked with KidzNotes, the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Fair, the Savannah Folk Music Society, and others to engage local communities of all ages in educational and inspiring performances and workshops.

Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as Americanafest, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, Campfire Festival, the Haw River Ballroom, Folk Alliance International, and many more.

See Violet Bell live on Woodsongs Radio Hour: https://youtu.be/S8WtWN0OxSM?t=1632

Website -http://www.lizzy.net

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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 Bradds on guitar and Jeff Green on acoustic bass.


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

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

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

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio that masterfully blends the traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), have swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since the inception of the Bloc in early 2009. They maintain a firm focus on the traditions of their home while developing a sound that has been described as “meaningful”, ”intense” and “invigorating”. Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs & bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles. 2016 sees the release of their eagerly awaited second album, “Deliverance”, following their eponymous debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.

“Seldom before can three fiddlers have sounded so well matched as the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. And seldom before can three fiddles have sounded so much like four and at times five instruments without using electronic trickery.” – The Herald


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The Conglomerate

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

The Orlando based jazz-funk-R&B fusion ensemble returns to the Bamboo!

The group originated the Conglomerate Performance Series, a recurring concert series, that served as the debut for the collective, and drew a definitive line in the metaphoric sand separating them from the pack.

The Conglomerate are musicians and producers who have created and contributed to works by LaRue Howard, Hananeel, Jazmin Ghent; performed with Tye Tribbett, Haley Reinhart (American Idol), The American Gospel Choir, Sisaundra Lewis (The Voice) and Disney ensembles.

The band moves as a cohesive unit of old souls performing original music or standards with vivid passion and pure organic leanings that harken back to a time past.


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Johny Carlsson and The Megabones

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

PAT GULLOTTA – Trombone - Pat plays his trombone in a wide variety of styles via studio recordings, concerts, conventions and show productions. He has performed with several well-known artists including Natalie Cole, Don Henley, Wayne Newton, and many more. Pat is featured soloist for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and has appeared at many blues and jazz festivals around the U.S. and Europe. Currently Pat is performing with The BB King All Stars, Pat’s intensity and signature sound is truly one of a kind.

RICK ABBOTT - Trombone - Rick attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a Music Theory and Composition major. He was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony from 1977 - 1982 and with the DuPont World’s Fair Band in 1983. In 1984 Rick moved to Jacksonville, FL and performed with the Jack Heard Big Band as well as with his own jazz quartet from 1984 to 1986. He was a full time musician at Disney World from 1986 to 2010. Rick has performed with Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and many more. He's been a Broadway show musician for many years in the Orlando and Tampa areas and currently works with the band "Rocky & The Rollers.”

HAROLD “H” JOHNSON - Trombone - “H” has a BA from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Music Education from the Metropolitan State College. From 1972 until 1981, when he joined Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, “H” had worked, first as Principal Trombone in the Community Arts Symphony, Denver, CO as well as in Dixieland bands in NYC and in FL and on cruises. With Disney he has worked in a variety of venues from The Walt Disney World Band (Leader/Asst. Conductor) to Director of Entertainment of the Church Street Station, as well as, leader and front man for the Rosie O’Grady’s Goodtime Jazz Band. “H” is presently a longstanding member and leader of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.

COREY PAUL – Trombone - Corey has a Jazz Studies degree from the University of Central Florida and is currently making his living as a musician at Disney World, with the Dr Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, and freelancing all over the state. Corey's performed with many famous talents such as Ariana Grande and Seal during his time in Orlando.

WILL NESTLER – Bass Trombone - Will Nestler, a native of Lake Wales, FL, began his music studies at The Harrison School of Performing Arts in Lakeland. He continued as a performance major at The University of Central Florida & The University of South Florida, where he studied Tuba, Euphonium, Bass & Tenor Trombone. Currently, Will performs at Walt Disney World with the Main Street Philharmonic, and in The Candlelight processional. He also performs with various touring Broadway shows, including The Lion King and Wicked, as well as numerous Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with Michael Feinstein, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and a variety of other headliners. One of his greatest joys is being a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra where he plays bass trombone.

JOHNY CARLSSON – Piano - Bandleader, composer, arranger, Johny, born and raised in Sweden, living in Mount Dora, FL, is a retired businessman who turned his passion for jazz into a new career. In 1993 - in New York City - he was “rediscovered” by some Swedish jazz major graduate students from The Manhattan School of Music and The New England Conservatory of Music, respectively. NYC and the young players inspired him to pick up his playing again (after a 25+ years long intermission). He moved with his wife, Raija, to Citrus Hills, FL, in 1996. Johny is very active and sought after both when heading his own trio playing every Friday in the historic Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, FL, and as a sideman appreciated by fellow musicians and jazz fans all around Central Florida. He has his own trio also in Sweden and performs every summer in Scandinavia at jazz festivals, concerts and recording dates with local “big name” jazz musicians and vocal groups. “The MegaBones” is a lifelong dream of Johny’s. He has composed and arranged all their music.

CHARLIE SILVA - 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 and also on many jazz cruises.

BARRY SMITH - DRUMS - Barry has a Bachelor of Music Degree from North Texas State University. He has performed with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman, Ira Sullivan, Marian McPartland, Buddy DeFranco, Richie Cole, Art Farmer, Buddy Tate, Terri Gibbs, Charlie Byrd, Kenny Drew Jr., Nat Adderly, Carl Fontana, Clark Terry – to name a few - and he has worked under conductors such as Skitch Henderson (the famous Boston Pops conductor) and Robert Coleman (Space Coast Pops Orchestra) and with the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. Recording work, live television and show gigs are too many to mention. One of his favorite show gigs has been for comedian Don Rickles. Barry has also served as adjunct faculty at several schools including Rollins College and as Professor of Music at Florida State University.

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Bobby Koelble Band

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

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.



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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.

Joining Marco are John Krasula on guitar; Carl Hamilton on drums; Jeremy Fratti on saxophone; and Joe Young IV on trumpet.

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


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

Jeff "T-Bone" Gerard with the Jeff Rupert Quintet

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

"A NIGHT OF THE COOKERS" featuring Jeff Rupert, Dan Miller, Marty Morell, Richard Drexler, Ben Kramer and special guest Jeff "T-Bone" Gerard.

The group plays Soul Jazz and Hard Bop.

Jeff “T-Bone” Gerard is a musician’s musician. He is a vocalist, trombonist and bandleader who associates with top artists and music venues in NYC. His band has been a mainstay in NYC for decades with concert and club performances, and he has toured domestically and throughout Europe and North Africa. T-Bone’s vocal prowess transcends category. He sings with sensitivity beyond compare, and on a dime projects with power and clarity that would garner Barry White and Tom Jones’ curiosity. His talents have landed him on stage singing with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and numerous other internationally acclaimed acts.

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur, Benny Carter and Maynard Ferguson. He played on Benny Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy and has performed with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

Jazz trumpeter Dan Miller, grew up in the vibrant musical scene of Chicago during the 1980’s. He spent eleven years (1990 – 2000) as a member of the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra, traveling the world and recording numerous albums and television specials. Dan also toured internationally and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Jones and Woody Herman. Since 2005, he has split his time between NYC and Florida and he’s currently a member of the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra and the musical director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Orchestra. Dan is a Yamaha Clinician and Performing Artist and works with college bands, high school bands and private students nationwide. He is an Artist-in-Residence for the University of Central Florida’s School of Music in Orlando. For more on Dan Miller, visit www.danmillerjazz.com

Marty Morell is a jazz drummer who was a member of the Bill Evans Trio for seven years. Before joining Bill Evans, he worked with the Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet, Red Allen, Gary McFarland, Steve Kuhn, and Gábor Szabó. He has taught drums and percussion at the University of Central Florida and has recorded with The Jazz Professors, a band consisting of university faculty members: saxophonist Jeff Rupert, bassist Richard Drexler, pianist Per Danielsson, trombonist Michael Wilkinson, and guitarist Bobby Koelble. The band has had two albums on the top of the chart at Jazzweek magazine in 2011 and 2013.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger and producer Richard Drexler, an Illinois native, has been based in Florida since 1985 and is now on the road frequently with the Jeff Berlin Trio. A couple of long house pianist stints kept him busy for nine years in the Tampa Bay area, where he performed with many visiting artists. More recently he has done some touring with the Jeff Berlin Trio and with the Woody Herman Orchestra and trombonist John Allred, among others. He has been working as bassist in the Kenny Drew Jr. trio and regularly appearing as a bassist or pianist/vocalist in the jazz clubs of central Florida. Singers he has accompanied include Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison, Roseanna Vitro, Vic Damone, Al Jarreau, Connie Francis, Dena DeRose and Karrin Allyson.

BEN KRAMER is the Program Director, Music Production Online at Los Angeles Film School and former Associate Course Director at Full Sail University. He studied Recording Arts and Sciences at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Ben is a top-notch bassist and can be seen and heard at premier locations in Orlando, Florida.

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Belmont and Jones with Opening Act by Terri Binion

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

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Terri Binion opens the show for Americana Acoustic Blues musicians Belmont and Jones.

Terri writes her Americana ballads with deep-seeded honesty, love, heartache, truth, hope and a sense of looking forward.

"Two songs in and it was clear, Lucinda (Lucinda Williams) sang on this unknown's record because she understood that Terri was a magic person--someone who not only followed her own compass, but who was guided by stars not visible to the average eye." -- Southern gothic songwriter, Film maker, author, artist, Jim White.



Belmont and Jones perform the pre-electric blues songbook with the integrity, frankness, brilliance, and humor with which it was performed by the great musicians who wrote and sang it. They don’t just memorialize a time in American music that influenced everything that was to come. They bring it alive. In so doing they reconnect the wellspring of the blues to the mainstream of American music. -- Joel Zoss, songster and bluesman

Belmont & Jones play original music and blues from “the well” of traditional blues. This is not urbanized or electrified blues, but music that has virtually slipped into oblivion. Both seasoned musicians and songwriters in many styles of music, their music takes us back in time to when the blues were pure and simple, and soulfully true. -- Debbie Dixon, Sopchoppy Concerts

I could listen to these guys all night. -- Bill Sheffield, Blues Player

Belmont & Jones is the stage moniker for a superb, Tallahassee-based country-blues duo who conjure early blues greats such as Memphis Minnie and Charley Patton. Both partners are strong, natural singers. Their repertoire ranges from familiar staples to obscure gems, and their originals sound authentic enough to have emanated from an old 78. -- Bob Weinberg, Jazz & Blues Florida magazine

Belmont and Jones is the best traditional, country blues duo performing today. With every lick on his guitar, you can tell that Belmont has blues in his bones. Jones has one of the most beautiful blues voices I have ever heard. And listening to the two of them together is a unique blues experience that will move any blues lover. -- George Mitchell, Blues Documentarian

Belmont and Jones play blues, and they sit down to do it. Some of these blues were first sung a century ago, and some of them were born last week. Some blues as deep as the dreamt memory of a flood and some as koo-koo as a boar hog strolling upright through a chandelier store. Listen close and you’ll hear the best guitar duo this side of Geechie and Elvie or Minnie and Joe. Belmont and Jones play blues, and they will not let your hambone spoil. -- Walker Paramore, musician

Belmont and Jones are accomplished and authentic -- no baloney. They speak and sing and play directly to the audience and make you connect. -- Peggy Adair, Tallahassee Blues Society

Lord have mercy. This duo always reminds me of why I love the blues: the lyrics' expression of the joys & sorrows of the human condition, and (mostly) that low-in-the-belly feeling that only the blues provokes. -- Ellen Hamby, Atlanta concert host

Belmont & Jones are the real thing -- consummate musicians playing classic blues from Ma Rainey to Sleepy John Estes to Memphis Minnie and more. Their renditions are at times soul deep, and at other times laugh-out-loud funny! Hepzibah's voice is astounding -- strong, flexible and beautiful. Hepzibah plays a variety of creative instruments throughout the sets, and peppers her performances with a delightful sly humor. -- Annette Parker Sherman, musician





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Allan Vache Quartet

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

Featuring Allan Vache on clarinet, Mark McKee on piano, Charlie Silva on bass. Drummer TBA.

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.




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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez Trio

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

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.

The always joyful Chuck Archard is an accomplished bassist, composer and educator. His original works have been played on all of the major television networks as well as HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and thirty international markets. His music has been used in numerous motion pictures including, Career Girls, Substance Of Fire and Santa, Jr. He is the author of two of the best selling bass instruction books, "Building Bass Lines" and "No Brainer Bass" published by Alfred, Inc. and has had two articles published in Bass Player Magazine. Chuck is an in demand studio musician playing on more than one hundred CDs, national television commercials and is the bassist for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard educational publications. He has performed and recorded with many artists including, Isaac Hayes, Larry Coryell, Peter Erskine, Danny Gottlieb, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, Al Vizzuti, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves and Gene Bertoncini and has performed on network and international television shows.

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







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Dan Jordan Quartet

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

Saxophonist/flutist Dan Jordan always puts on a spellbinding show.

Dan Jordan has been an educator and musician since 1976. He has a flexible and common sense approach to teaching and playing. He was titled as Florida All State Jazz Band Tenor one for 1976-1977. He has taught at numerous schools including Rollins College and has performed with a multitude of renowned artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many more. He has performed on New York City Broadway, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and in countless other shows and productions.



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Thursday Night Hang: Dave Sheffield Trio

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

Free admission!

The trio has been performing together for almost 30 years, and the group is 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 American song book. The group can easily crossover from easy listening dinner music, to hard bebop.

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


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

Carol Welsman

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

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She has sold over 60,000 CDs in Canada alone, something few jazz artists in Canada have experienced.

See Carol in action once and you'll never forget her. Tall and blonde, she sits poised at the piano, head back, fingers stretched over the keys, her slender body arched in a seductive curve. Then the music flows, a combination of voice and piano that seems symbiotically linked. Like bossa nova icon Joao Gilberto and his guitar, Carol's honey and whiskey sound and her crisp, rhythmically articulate piano lines seem an integral part of each other. At a time when female jazz singers have been arriving in waves, she is that rarity -- an authentic vocal/instrumental artist who brings an irresistible blend of musicality and lyrical insight to everything she touches.

Carol's focus upon the essential elements of her art is not surprising. Coming from a musical family (her grandfather was the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony), she has studied in the U.S. (at Berklee College of Music) and Europe, and released eight albums since her first CD, "Lucky To Be Me," in 1995. Her numerous achievements include the receipt of six Juno (Canadian Grammy) Award nominations including the just announced “Jazz Album of the Year” for "Journey, and several CDN Smooth Jazz Awards. She has become well-established as an international artist, touring the world, and performing in Italian, French, Portuguese and English.

Carol is an extraordinarily talented musician and one of Canada's finest vocalists and pianists.


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Kat Riggins

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

Kat's own musical style is a blend of the blues with hip hop, pop, rock, gospel and even country music. "It's all related anyway", she exclaims. She is inspired by young artists such as Janelle Monae, Karreim Riggins, SyncOpera and ZZ Ward and Andra Day who share in her passion to revive music from the vinyl days. "It's about the raw emotion in every note", Kat says. " If I can move someone to feel what I feel when I sing a song, then it's all worth it". With her own band, Blues Revival, she travels the world with the intent to "wake up the blues one song at a time"!

With her first two works, an EP called "Seoul Music" and an original album called "Lily Rose" Kat penned each song with subtle hints of her love of the blues. Her latest album, aptly named after her band "Blues Revival" is a loud and proud declaration of that love! "Blues Revival" is a clever mashup of gospel-blues, blues-rock, funky blues, contemporary and traditional blues, with BLUES being the operative word! With this and albums to come, Kat Riggins's focus is to be a part of this musical revolution that aims to awaken the masses and introduce them to the sincerity behind blues music.


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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents Phoenix Jazz Orchestra

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

Big band jazz featuring Gary Listort and some of Orlando's finest musicians.

The name, "Phoenix Jazz Orchestra," is taken from the great bird of myth whose immortality is affirmed as it rises anew from its own ashes (they are not associated with the capitol of Arizona). The name parallels the timelessness of jazz music and, like the mythological bird, jazz as an art is constantly reborn and enduring.

The Phoenix Jazz Orchestra is an 18-piece jazz orchestra – a BIG band. This is the real thing – exciting, dynamic, demanding, requiring extraordinary skills and talent. An orchestra of the future, not a band of the past – looking forward while respecting and honoring the past. Playing music written now with enormous respect to those that came before, PJO is opening up a new synthesis of exciting music.

Members of the PJO range from seasoned professionals with years of experience on the concert stage to expert, highly talented younger musicians at the beginning of their careers. These musicians have performed and recorded with many of the great jazz orchestras, including those of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Les and Larry Elgart, Glenn Miller, Bob Florence, Gordon Goodwin, Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones and many others. Additionally, they have performed on tour with such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé, Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin. . . . . the list goes on.


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