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

 

 

 

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 and Artist Spotlight: Renee "Koffee" Payne

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!

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

Artist Spotlight: Renee "Koffee" Payne: Renee is a costume designer and mixed media visual artist. In 1995 she created costumes for Aretha Franklin's African Tour. Her inspiration comes from old historic works of art and the ancient walls of Egyptian tombs.

Renee is best known for her "Sand" paintings. She happened upon this art form by mixing sand with glue. The process evolved into a process that is a combination of sand and water based paints applied to canvas or boards.

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.

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon Band

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

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon is a dedicated blues musician based in Central Florida. His blues is a southern soul/blues style mixed with some R&B flavor.

Influences include BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy, Johnnie Taylor, George Benson, etc.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bobby+blackmon&view=detail&mid=E587B3FD2E83D4C3A39FE587B3FD2E83D4C3A39F&FORM=VIRE

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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 comprises 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.

https://youtu.be/7Ymp3pgUEfM

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Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra led by Jeff Rupert

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

FSYO's new Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Rupert, is a 17-20 piece ensemble that focuses on the study of big band jazz music. Students learn the theory behind jazz composition and improvisation and have the opportunity to do sectional work with some of the area's top jazz musicians. The Jazz Orchestra is comprised of students ages 13 to 20.

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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

Joe Survival Caruso

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

Joe Survival Caruso is an iconic blues musician hailing from New Orleans, LA. His style of blues is influenced by Louisiana, Texas and Chicago Blues.

As a national recording artist of Lakehouse Records and Publication, you can expect a bonafide blues experience. As band leader of The Joe Survival Caruso Band, he has traveled nationally and internationally sharing and wowing crowds with legendary artists Buddy Ace, Johnny Taylor, O.V.Wright, Denise LaSelle and John Lee Hooker.

Joe enjoys sharing his original compositions during his stage performances. He has three successful blues compilations: "You Never Had These Blues", "I've Got To Tell Somebody" and "I'll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive."

Joining Joe is blues vocalist Miss Bootsy Taylor, a lovely soulful artist from Boston, MA. Together, Joe and Bootsy explore songs reminiscent of great artists like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Ike 'n Tina Turner.

https://www.lakehouserecords.com/joe-survival-caruso

https://www.facebook.com/JoeSurvivalCaruso/

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AppleJazz Records presents Ronnie Leigh

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

Ronnie Leigh pays tribute to Al Jarreau and Lou Rawls, including selections of Miles, Monk and The Great American Songbook.

Ronnie Leigh - vocals; Charlie Bertini - trumpet; Dave McKenzie - sax; Jeff Phillips - piano; Paul Parker - drums; Charlie Silva - bass; Steve Luciano - guitar.

"After 40 years in the music biz, working with everyone from Smokey to Aretha to Ray Charles, and after 30 years of watching this guy, all I can tell you is that he’s one of the finest song stylists working in jazz today. But it doesn't stop there. He's also one of the finest Soul and R & B stylists I've ever heard and an amazing entertainer. The guy's the complete package. And it's not even remotely hype to mention him in the same sentence with the great Lou Rawls and the amazing Donny Hathaway."

~ Frank Malfitano, founder, Syracuse Jazz Fest

Links: www.jazzforallages.com/events and www.ronnieleigh.com

Sanford Jazz Ensemble

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

The Sanford Jazz Ensemble began as the “Altamonte Jazz Ensemble” which for decades, under the direction of Mike Arena, brought the gift of jazz to the Central Florida community.

After Mike’s passing in 2010, the band moved to historic downtown Sanford. Now under the direction of Dave Weaver, the Sanford Jazz Ensemble has expanded its repertoire beyond traditional big band jazz to include original arrangements of classic and contemporary pop, R&B and funk tunes.

The SJE is made up solely of community musicians who donate their time and talent to perform live jazz for Central Florida audiences. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the band relies on those who enjoy the music and donate to keep the SJE “swinging.”

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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

Bobby Koelble Band

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

Enjoy a night of jazz and more with the Bobby Koelble Band.

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: 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

Smokin' Torpedoes

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

Orlando's premiere boogie blues band! http://www.orlando-blues.com

The Smokin' Torpedoes consist of four experienced musicians committed to providing an entertaining, live performance based on a variety of jazz & blues influences. Each member brings their own unique style to the band, providing every listener with genuine blues rhythms, melodies and the charisma associated with bands paying tribute to the music we all love…the BLUES.

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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents Scott Silbert

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

Scott Silbert presents the music from the Count Basie small group recordings.

Scott Silbert, a multiple woodwind player and arranger, was born in Philadelphia, PA. He began playing music after his family moved to Orlando, FL and attended Seminole Community College. He worked as a professional musician for 9 years at Walt Disney World before joining the Navy Band Commodores in 1991 on baritone sax. Silbert has been a featured soloist on national concert tours, at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, the Saxophone Symposium, The Midwest Clinic, the Detroit -Montreux Jazz Festival, and at numerous local concerts. His teachers include privately with Manny Albam, Phil Woods and Jerry Kalber.

Silbert joined the Navy Band arranging staff in 1999 and was appointed chief arranger in 2002. Since then he has composed/arranged more than 300 works for all performing groups of the Navy band. In addition, he has performed with/ composed for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Stanley Turrentine, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, Howard University, Red Skelton, Quincey Jones, Andy Williams, Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, Rich Little, The Spinners, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Les Brown Orchestra, Kathy Tricolli, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Eddie Daniels, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole and many others.

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

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