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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.


"Moments in Time", a musical celebration of the Artist Jason Hunt, to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank

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

Jason Hunt is a renowned Central Florida artist specializing in hyper-realistic pencil drawings. His talent is staggering. Jason has produced a large body of work, and many of the subjects are entertainment and music personalities.

To celebrate Jason's birthday, we thought it would be fun to show Jason's work on our projector screen, accompanied by a live musical performance, featuring the work of the drawing's subject. A drawing of Frank Sinatra, featuring Mark Miller performing a Sinatra tune for example. Since Jason's subjects are not limited to any particular genre, the evening promises to present quite a diverse collection of musical themes.

Featuring: Carol Stein, Mary Thompson-Hunt, Jim Detmar, Mark Miller, Christine Decker, Michelle Mailhot, Steve Purnick, Krista Miller, Jake Lockwood, Greg Triggs, Dean Rasik, Andy Murphy, Cole Miller, Peter Dearborn, Garland Ross, Jim Braswell, Matthew Arter, Donna Moore, France Neal, John DePaola, Lois Sage, and Mark Wise.

There will also be a silent auction. Join us for a wonderful evening of music and art.

100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank, along with the proceeds from a silent auction.

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the City of Winter Park.

Please come out and celebrate a brilliant artist, through a night of wonderful, eclectic music, and make a difference for hungry Floridians at the same time.

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

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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Steve Luciano Quartet and Michelle Amato Present: “The Sweetest Songs You've (probably) Never Heard”

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

Steve and Michelle are going out on a musical limb here, but they have faith that their Orlando and Blue Bamboo Bamboo friends are open for an evening of some of their very favorite songs that just don’t get performed often enough. Some of the songs are from renowned and prolific composers and singers, some not so well known, but they all need to be heard! There are too many of these to do in one evening, so this will probably be the first in a series. They might hit on one of your favorite obscure gems either this first time, or in the future. Hope you can join them - it’s really going to be a fun night!

Steve Luciano-guitar; Chuck Archard-bass; Harrison Light-piano; Larry Hendrickson-drums and Michelle Amato-vocals

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

Michelle Amato is a dynamic vocalist whose abilities to convey the deep passion of a lyric, as well as soar effortlessly through the stratosphere are making her one of the most in demand names is music today. She has performed and recorded with an incredibly diverse array of artists, including Liza Minelli, Al Green, Sandi Patty, Jon Secada, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Ira Sullivan, Jon Hendricks, Celia Cruz, Rita Marley and world renowned composer Yanni.

Michelle’s Master’s Degree from the prestigious University of Miami School of Music has created great demand for her expertise as an educator and clinician. She has coached vocalists for Cirque du Soleil and taught private students and directed jazz vocal ensembles at The University of Miami, Miami Dade Community College, The University of Memphis and Rollins College. Michelle has conducted master classes and clinics for The International Association of Jazz Educators, Grammy in the Schools, The North American Cultural Center in San Jose, Costa Rica, and various groups at Walt Disney World. Her adjudicating duties have included The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, The Florida Vocal Association, and various jazz societies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMEvQD7jc5s&list=RDEMRsq_2X5OtjYisx3bSrClWw&start_radio=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq48lwWicKk

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Storytellers of Central Florida present: TELLABRATION

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

On the 4th Saturday in November, guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will hold concerts that celebrate the art of storytelling. Storytellers of Central Florida invite you to TELLABRATION, an evening of storytelling that will delight, captivate and mesmerize. Come listen and be part of this international, synchronized storytelling event.

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Jeff Rupert Quartet

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 and Richard Drexler on piano.

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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Nu-Blu

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

Hailing from Siler City, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist who also runs the band’s business. Calder Baker on vocals and banjo, and Justin Harrison on mandolin and fiddle round out the quartet’s warm, layered, Appalachian sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

It’s that road that ends up best defining their latest release, Vagabonds. “I love that we get to wake up someplace different every day,” says Daniel. “We meet people from all over the country.” Those people, and their stories, provided the timber for this most recent album, and are most present on songs like the poignant “A Lot More Love,” a simple, sincere invitation to build better bridges across a divided America, and “640 Battlefield Drive,” a ballad about love of country, loss, and strength. The album’s standout single, the effervescent, unstoppable “Still Small Voice,” was written by Devin Bell, Tony Lopacinski, and Jimmy Fortune, who says of the band, “Nu-Blu’s unique sound captures the attention of your heart and soul.”

The band got their start back in September of 2003, the end result of several of Carolyn’s and Daniel’s previous projects. From the beginning, they’ve embodied the American working band, pushing through challenges that would bring most of us to our knees. Just a few years after their formation, their original record label folded, and Carolyn suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak, let alone sing. But barreling past those early trials toughened them, and the muscle and callouses that came with them have led Nu-Blu to ever-new heights, like their single “Jesus and Jones,” which had a run on the radio charts as part of their last release, All The Way.

Their constant traveling has also changed the way they make music. Several tracks on Vagabonds found their way to the band almost on their own. “We were playing this show and we just kinda decided we’d do ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.’” explains Carolyn. “We hadn’t rehearsed it; we hadn’t even played it together before. But we pulled it off that night, and the audience loved it.” That growing relationship with their audience is what fuels the band both creatively and emotionally; making the thousands of miles they’ve traveled an honor instead of a chore. “If anything, I feel like the road has made us a sunnier bunch. In past albums, we’ve tended to gravitate towards the songs that make you cry,” says Carolyn, “but on this one, there are a number of just happy, happy songs.” Armed with a growing sense of joy and a love of music that only deepens, Nu-Blu will soon be taking Vagabonds through big and small towns, over highways and backroads, to listeners everywhere, sharing their unique sound, a disregard for the limits of genre, and a set of stories that will make their way straight to your heart.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGD-oDTDUBFp1ueZklY98lQ

http://www.nu-blu.com/

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Alain Bradette Jazz Quartet

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

After 20 years with Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba, Alain has been freelancing for the last 2 years and is a regular at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts where he appears as a leader and a sideman.

For this concert, Alain will present the music from his State Of Mind CD recording, plus some newer material and selected pieces from friends. In this all acoustic setting, Alain will be accompanied by some of Orlando’s best musicians.

Featuring Alain on saxophone; Mark Falchook on piano; Thomas Milovac on bass and Walt Hubbard on drums.

https://www.alainbradette.com

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Bobby Koelble presents: Christmas

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

Bobby Koelble and his band present arrangements of Christmas classics (and a few surprises) ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous! This is sure to be a fun night of awesome music. Featuring Bobby Koelble on guitar; Harrison Light on piano; Jon Warcholak on bass and Jeremy Katalenic on 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.

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

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

This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

Richard Gilewitz & Tim May

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

RICHARD GILEWITZ

For nearly four decades, American finger-style wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His concert performances around the world spill over with unexpected turns of the funnies, thought-provoking takes on life on the road, and tunes that propel the audience on a magical journey of sight and sound.

His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppyjdu_K0Wg

http://www.richardgilewitz.com

TIM MAY Flatpicker Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels’ recording of I’ll Fly Away, which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005, the same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album (he later played on Moody Bluegrass II as well). The Nashville Scene selected Tim in the Best Instrumentalist category in their 2012 Reader's Choice Poll. PK Thompson Guitars, Collings Mandolins, Shubb Capos, Elixir Strings, Hoffee Cases, Benedetto Guitars , L.R. Baggs Pickups and Pre-amps and Breedlove Guitars all have presented professional endorsements to Tim, a serious nod to his talents. And in 2017, Tim performed on the stage of the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-DwOh5l80Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4960yKsT64

https://www.rootsmusicreport.com/reviews/view/album-review-of-sharky-by-richard-gilewitz-tim-may

http://www.timmaymusic.net/index.html

Here’s a cool video of Richard and Tim doing a fun two person take on a tune called Freight Train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bHbkvV50Io&list=PLq7PIPDKBtRd_yW9y4u-s2BcydIxvG3V6&index=13

Here’s a video of Richard and Tim playing Rainbow at Night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNWODF_xDzY

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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Resolve

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

RESOLVE is a vocal jazz quartet based out of Central Florida. Inspired by legendary vocal groups such as the Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices, these four young vocalists bring a flair and musicality to the stage that is all their own!

When they're not creating music as RESOLVE, they spend their time performing for the Walt Disney Company. Collectively, they can be seen performing at various stages throughout Walt Disney World.

For this performance, Resolve is adding a rhythm section.

https://www.singers.com/groups/Resolve

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

HAPCO LIVE 3-Year Anniversary

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

HAPCO LIVE 3-Year Anniversary Celebration and Benefit concert.

Join HAPCO Music Foundation in celebrating HAPCO LIVE’s three-year anniversary. HAPCO serves over 100 student musicians entertaining the community, and sharing the joy of great jazz. On stage will be some of their best musicians, performing their favorite jazz tunes.

HAPCO will proudly present the Micah Silverstein Quartet and the Andrew Kennedy Quartet, performing acoustic, straight ahead jazz. Both are students studying jazz in Central Florida, working alongside professional musicians.

HAPCO’s music arts and culinary programs help young people in our community use their artistic and musical talents as a vehicle to fund education or as a profession. Camps, clinics, master classes and private instruction are taught by industry and community professionals the students can relate to, identify with and learn from. The programs encourage artistic expression, technique and public performance.

Through HAPCO LIVE, student musicians entertain at community events and venues. Performers are typically alumni and volunteer youth advisors of HAPCO programs. This program gives young musicians paid performance experience, live work with other musicians and valuable community connections. LIVE programs are in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida; Dallas, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2016, HAPCO LIVE performers have earned over $25,000 at paying gigs, to help them fund their secondary education.

This event is being co-sponsored by the City of Winter Park, and Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. 100% of ticket sales and silent auction proceeds will go directly to the HAPCO Music Foundation.

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

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

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

This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

Cortez, Clermont & Archard

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.

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

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Caesar Frazier East Coast Quartet

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

Pianist/organist Caesar Frazier presents a concert of his high-charted and commercially successful albums from 2017 and 2019, "INSTINCT" & "CLOSER TO THE TRUTH."

Caesar Frazier on Organ, Jeff Ruppert on Saxophone, Ryan Waszmer on Guitar and Barry Smith on Drums.

Born in New York City, raised, and educated in the South, Midwest, and West Coast, Caesar Frazier has spent his entire life since the age of fifteen, performing in bands, orchestras, and as a solo artist.

As a recording artist, Caesar recorded numerous albums as an instrumentalist and vocalist. Over the years he also has accompanied other artists as a studio musician.

One of the numerous highlights of his musical career include the time he spent traveling on mega concert tours as Marvin Gaye's keyboard accompanist. While working with Marvin and having personal conversations regarding musical concepts, the lessons learned left their foot print on his understanding of effective performance.

Caesar grew up hearing and being forever influenced by many of America's greatest artist that covered most all of the popular music genres. "I heard the greatest country artist, blues artist, rock and roll artist, rhythm and blues artist. And, loved it all."

https://www.caesarfrazier.com

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ikS_D4p2Bo

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A Vivacity Christmas - 3:00 p.m.

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

A Vivacity Christmas featuring Xylophonist Heather Thorn & special guest Australian saxophonist Adrian Cunningham. With Per Danielsson, Joy Andersen, Krissy Vavrek and more.

Vivacity brings you the ultimate holiday spirit event with music that warms the heart and fills the room with Christmas joy. Sing along to beloved holiday classics for all ages!

Visit www.vivacitymusic.com and @VivacityMusic for more information.

A Vivacity Christmas - 7:00 p.m.

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

A Vivacity Christmas featuring Xylophonist Heather Thorn & special guest Australian saxophonist Adrian Cunningham. With Per Danielsson, Joy Andersen, Krissy Vavrek and more.

Vivacity brings you the ultimate holiday spirit event with music that warms the heart and fills the room with Christmas joy. Sing along to beloved holiday classics for all ages!

Visit www.vivacitymusic.com and @VivacityMusic for more information.