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Previous events

Orlando Jazz Orchestra

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

The Architects of the Swing Era - The Music of Ellington, Lunceford, Henderson, Webb and more. This program focuses on music from the 1930's that shaped the Swing Era. This is a great opportunity to hear some very important music that is often over shadowed by the big hits from the Swing Era.

The Orlando Jazz Orchestra customizes their performance to include authentic selections from the libraries of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, and other such luminaries of the big band era.

Musical director, Greg Parnell, is the former road manager and drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Les Brown’s Band of Renown, Nelson Riddle Orchestra as well as many other bands. Greg takes what he has learned from performing with these groups and applies it to produce these musical tributes in an authentic and respectful manner. The orchestra is made up of the best jazz musicians in Central Florida.

http://www.orlandojazzorchestra.com/

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 with Ron Mills on organ and Larry Hendrixson on drums!

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

Julian Bond - Dutch Treat, a Night In New Orleans

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

Julian Bond - Dutch Treat, a Night In New Orleans

Kid Dutch & Julian Bond get in each other's faces as they expand your musical knowledge of the Crescent City and reminisce about things which may or may not have happened in New Orleans. Dru Betts aids and abets on drums.

Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Lisanne Lyons

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

Lisanne’s career began immediately following high school as the featured vocalist for three Air Force bands. She has been featured with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Roanoke Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, XL Big Band in Sweden, Nantes Big Band, Los Alas Studio Orchestra, and various bands and orchestras across the country. She has produced two solo CD’s and two CD’s as lead soprano in the DC-based Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, with whom she performed at major jazz festivals across the country and abroad. Following her Master’s degree she joined the national touring company of “City of Angels.” With numerous performing, recording, and back up singing credits, she was also the featured performer with Joel Grey on the NBC Orange Bowl half-time show. She also performs with “Mad Romance”, a four-voice a capella group. Lisanne is the recipient of several DownBeat awards as a jazz vocal soloist, jazz vocal choir director, and most recently as a jazz arranger. She is in demand as a performer, arranger, adjudicator and clinician.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBhrTU1H808

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96xeoZOhiN4

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

Carli Munoz Trio with Opening Act by Imer Santiago

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

Carli Muñoz––piano

Pianist-composer Carli Muñoz has the rare distinction of having astounding careers in jazz and pop. He’s a masterful musician with the technique and imagination to dig in deep with jazz giants such as Chico Hamilton, Charles Lloyd, George Benson, and the creative discipline to work alongside pop icons like The Beach Boys, Wilson Pickett, and Peter Cetera. After 50 years and six critically acclaimed jazz albums; a stunning rock debut, In My Soul; and now his magnum opus, Follow Me, Carli is at the prime of his career.

Carli Muñoz grew up in Puerto Rico immersed in the tropical jazz sounds of the region, along with Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, 50s Rock and Jazz, and Avant Garde Classical. After a successful stint in NY with his popular Puerto Rican rock band The Living End (not to be confused with the Australian punk band of the same name) during the mid 60s, he moved to Los Angeles in 1969, where he quickly earned a reputation for his chops and his flair, garnering working relationships with pop’s biggest names. After over a decade with The Beach Boys, whom he toured/recorded with and produced, Muñoz left the pop world behind for over 30 years, devoting himself to a career in jazz—his achievements in that world alone merit a separate bio! Notably, Carli's fourth solo album Maverick marks his pinnacle in the mainstream jazz arena with an all star cast including Jack DeJohnette on drums and Eddie Gómez on contrabass, in addition to two Grammy Award recipients for 2005, and was featured among the best CD's of 2006 on Downbeat Magazine; January 2007 issue. In addition, it drew national attention and got rave reviews, including an invitation for Muñoz to be featured on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz radio show on National Public Radio In February of 2007.

Flash forward to the mid ‘80s after taking a detour into film and television production, and Muñoz relocated from Los Angeles to San Juan to raise his family. But when Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989 and destroyed all of his belongings, he turned the tragedy into an opportunity to focus on what mattered to him most – his music. Muñoz formed a jazz trio that played at festivals and local venues in Puerto Rico, and eventually opened Carli’s Fine Bistro and Piano in 1998, a popular jazz club and restaurant in Old San Juan where he still performs several nights a week. It was then that he began recording albums under his own name, releasing his first solo album in 2000, Love Tales – a collection of his own material and jazz standards. Since then he has released five studio albums and three live albums, and now his 2018 magnum opus, Follow Me.

“It is exciting for me to be involved in a project like this at this time” says Carli, “there is purpose beyond my own needs and passion to burn, especially after just going through hurricanes Irma and Maria—I’m more than ready to share my experience through music with the world… a rare privilege indeed!”.

The Trio

Part of Carli Muñoz’s initiative as pianist and leader has been to mentor and to incorporate into his jazz trio the finest young musicians available in Puerto Rico. Some of these musicians remained playing with Muñoz’s trio, getting the necessary experience to eventually take flight to the mainland, prepared to further and to excel in their music careers which has often proved to be rewarding and successful.

Both, bassist Jesus Colón and drummer William Garcia, are perfect examples of young upcoming jazz musicians. They have both been performing with the Carli Muñoz Trio during the last three and two years respectively, and they certainly bring a fresh, dynamic, and exciting approach in musicianship to the stage.

Jesus Colon––double bass, has been playing 3 years with The Carli Muñoz Trio

Being part of the local jazz music scene in Puerto Rico for the past 6 years, Puertorrican bassist Jesus Colon has performed frequently with musical talents such as Jonathan Suazo, Richard Peña, Eduardo Zayas, Gabriel Vicens, Leonardo Osuna, Kachiro Thompson, Carli Muñoz, Raul Maldonado, Rafael Rosa, Sin Cabaret Show, and many others. For the past three years Colon has been working steadily as a jazz musician playing steady at Carli’s Fine Bistro and Piano with master pianist Carli Muñoz, as well as performing regularly at the various clubs, special events, concerts and musicals in the San Juan area, and is currently completing his bachelor's degree on Music with a concentration on Jazz and Caribbean Performance at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory.

William Harry Garcia––drums, has been playing 2 years with The Carli Muñoz Trio

Puertorrican drummer William Harry Garcia Rodriguez started playing music at the early age of four with his family, The Garcia’s Band. They performed frequently at churches, parks, coliseums, festivals and theaters locally. As William’s career evolved, he performed with various recognized artists and ensembles such as Miguel Zenon, John Patituchi, Carli Muñoz, Charlie Sepulveda and The San Juan Collective, among others. Most recently he recorded on Richard Peña’s album “Hey, Don Rey” and a live album with Zacchaeus Paul. William received awards in different musical competitions winning first place in the Bandas American Sabor and Drum Fest competitions. In 2016, he represented Puerto Rico at the Berklee High School Jazz Fest in Boston with the ELMERA Jazz Ensemble winning first place and also was bestowed with the Judges Choice Award and the Superior Musicianship Award. Out of that same performance he received a scholarship to participate at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop, at the Newport Jazz Festival, where he also had the opportunity to perform. He is currently a drum student, specializing in Performance in Jazz and Caribbean Music at the Puerto Rico Music Conservatory.   Links to Music, Video and Bio:

Website: https://www.carlimunoz.com/

Video ~ Who is Carli Muñoz?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0baP9N2rhyo

The Making of Wangari Maathai From Follow Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBDhZ0WD6TI

Billboard Magazine Article (9-24-18) ~ “Carli Muñoz Talks Recording In Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria Hit, Shares 'Wangari Maathai': https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8476527/carli-munoz-wangari-maathai-follow-me

Forbes (10-16-18) ~ Video Premiere: Carli Muñoz Talks 'Wangari Maathai' And Puerto Rico Recovery: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebaltin/2018/10/16/video-premiere-carli-munoz-talks-wangari-maathai-and-puerto-rico-recovery/#7c61d5242ac3

Soundcloud ~ Follow Me (full songs): https://soundcloud.com/carlimunoz

Both Sides Now ~ Full Album with Eddie Gomez (b), Jeremy Steig (flute), Joe Chambers (d): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ1_TwFWhsc&index=1&list=OLAK5uy_kpRLZUkGTldgzoEaNcp3DrsxZ39wZ6m-I

OPENING ACT BY IMER SANTIAGO, a Lorain, Ohio native, first began playing trumpet in the 5th grade in the Lorain City Schools District. After high school, Imer attended The Ohio State University, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Jazz Studies (June 1999) & Atmospheric Sciences (June 2000). At OSU, Imer studied under several great teachers, including trumpet master, Pharez Whitted, & Jazz Studies Chair, Dr. Ted McDaniel. He then moved to “The Crescent City” and continued his education at The University of New Orleans, where he studied under the late trumpeter Clyde Kerr, Jr., Preservation Hall’s Wendell Brunious, and renowned pianist & educator, Ellis Marsalis. Santiago concluded his graduate program with an independent study of the music of Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines (under Marsalis), and received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies in December 2000.

Since his college days, Imer has had the opportunity to tour, perform, and record with various artists, such as Salvador, Jaci Velasquez, Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, & Group One Crew. Santiago, who is quadralingual (English, Spanish, French, & Portuguese), feels equally at home stylistically, whether performing Jazz, Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Funk, Gospel, or even Orchestral literature.

http://imersantiago.com/

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

Dan Jordan Quartet

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

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

Joining Dan are Dan Walters on bass, Bob Thornton on piano and Barry Smith on drums.

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.

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

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

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

Baroque Chamber Orchestra

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

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Maitland returns to the Bamboo!

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra brings string players from the Maitland Symphony Orchestra together to put the best works of the Baroque period on today's stage. The Orchestra is the newest musical group of Performing Arts Matters.

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

Flamenco Jazz - Koelble, Soledad, Archard, Bradette and Colón

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

Orlando's go-to guitar wizard presents a new and interesting event each month at Blue Bamboo. This month Bobby presents a show of nylon guitar wizardry, flamenco and more, with special guests Don Soledad, Chuck Archard, Alain Bradette and Ito Colón.

Eddie Marshall's Blue Bamboo Big Band

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

Eddie Marshall leads his all-star big band featuring 18 of the finest musicians in Central Florida.

Eddie Marshall is a saxophonist / flutist from Southern California moving to Florida in the mid 1970’s. Eddie is well known as a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has performed Broadway Shows, numerous orchestras for acts like Moody Blues, Kansas, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Smokey Robinson, Maureen McGovern, and many more. Known for his consummate professionalism and talents, he can perform solo shows, small ensembles, Big Bands, as well as performing with Symphonic orchestras. He runs Time Out Productions, and has performed over twenty years at Disney, Universal, the Villages, Blue Bamboo, and almost every venue in existence in Central Florida. He is also a member of Wings of Sound.

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.

Eddie Marshall is a saxophonist / flutist from Southern California moving to Florida in the mid 1970’s. Eddie is well known as a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has performed Broadway Shows, numerous orchestras for acts like Moody Blues, Kansas, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Smokey Robinson, Maureen McGovern, and many more. Known for his consummate professionalism and talents, he can perform solo shows, small ensembles, Big Bands, as well as performing with Symphonic orchestras. He runs Time Out Productions, and has performed over twenty years at Disney, Universal, the Villages, Blue Bamboo, and almost every venue in existence in Central Florida. He is also a member of Wings of Sound.

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

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

The Phoenix Collective Presents Its Premier Concert

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

Join us for an afternoon of original contemporary compositions by members of the Phoenix Collective, an organization supporting performance opportunities for women composers. Sharon Omens, Kathy Sakson and Rebekah Todia will present compositions in genres including modern classical, jazz and art song. Performers include renowned local artists Rose Grace, Pepina Dell-Olio, Dana Tolan, Mauricio Cespedes, Abigail Collins, Julie Batman and many more.