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.


The Buzzcatz Mother’s Day Concert 3:00 p.m. Show

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

Returning to The Blue Bamboo for the first time since their sold out concert here in January, long-time local favorites, The Buzzcatz, are known for their musical diversity. Frontman Ricky Sylvia and his all-star lineup of musicians cover everything from Sinatra & Swing to Blues, Soul, Classic Rock, and 70’s AM radio classics; all wrapped in a style that's uniquely The Buzzcatz. In this special Mother’s Day show for the whole family, “the band only a mother could love," will feature lots of Mom’s favorites and have you singing along with hits from the 50’s-80’s along with a few of The Buzzcatz’ own brand of originals.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

The Buzzcatz Mother’s Day Concert 7:00 p.m. Show

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

Returning to The Blue Bamboo for the first time since their sold out concert here in January, long-time local favorites, The Buzzcatz, are known for their musical diversity. Frontman Ricky Sylvia and his all-star lineup of musicians cover everything from Sinatra & Swing to Blues, Soul, Classic Rock, and 70’s AM radio classics; all wrapped in a style that's uniquely The Buzzcatz. In this special Mother’s Day show for the whole family, “the band only a mother could love," will feature lots of Mom’s favorites and have you singing along with hits from the 50’s-80’s along with a few of The Buzzcatz’ own brand of originals.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

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.

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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Carol Stein: The Piano Lady!

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

Carol Stein is an acclaimed pianist, entertainer, vocalist, composer: performing a variety of musical genres from jazz to classical or musicals and cabarets to pub songs. Throughout her career, she has lived, performed and traveled around the globe from Switzerland to Hong Kong to New York and in between. Carol has been the guest solo artist with various orchestras and has been a musician for the Walt Disney company for over 28 years. She is the resident musician at the Rose and Crown Pub at the UK Pavilion in EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Carol enjoys composing and spontaneous arranging of pieces during a live performance. She may take a child's melody and turn it "inside-out" in the style of Mozart, and then into a bossa nova, and end up with a Duke Ellington swing.

Come join Carol for an elegant and entertaining evening of music!

More about Carol here: http://carolstein.com/

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Blues Beatles - 7:30 p.m. Show

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

A rare, successful, and incredibly unique take on something very familiar. The songs of the Beatles take on a new life in this amazingly talented group's hands. Here are some customer reviews -

"The Blues Beatles have shown that you can take a well-known standard and make it brand new through a new interpretation." ***** David Hancock

"Like discovering a 50 euro note in your jacket pocket just when you thought you were totally broke until payday!" ***** Linnet Woods

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/722684437912752/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/735044913343371/

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

Blues Beatles - 10:00 p.m. Show

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

A rare, successful, and incredibly unique take on something very familiar. The songs of the Beatles take on a new life in this amazingly talented group's hands. Here are some customer reviews -

"The Blues Beatles have shown that you can take a well-known standard and make it brand new through a new interpretation." ***** David Hancock

"Like discovering a 50 euro note in your jacket pocket just when you thought you were totally broke until payday!" ***** Linnet Woods

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/722684437912752/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/735044913343371/

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

Brad Bietry Quartet

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

Featuring Brad Bietry on piano; Walt Hubbard on drums; Tom Dietz on saxophone and Charlie Silva on bass.

Brad Bietry is a touring jazz pianist/composer/producer/songwriter, currently based in Nashville, TN. Brad studied at Berklee College Music for his undergraduate degree. He studied jazz piano, composition and arranging at Denver University.

Brad toured internationally with well-known Praise & Worship leader, Ron Kenoly, as his Musical Director/Keyboardist/Arranger. In 2003, Brad won an audition to join the USAF Academy Band in Colorado Springs as the pianist for The Falconaires Jazz Ensemble performing all over the US. He has performed with Joe Walsh, New York Voices, Kevin Mahogany, James Moody, John Fedchock, Brad Leali, Mike Davis from the Rolling Stones, and many others. He has extensive recording experience with the USAF, and under his own name.

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Alexis Cole

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

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance. A dozen albums into her critically acclaimed career, she may also be the best-kept secret in jazz, a status that’s certain to change as more people are discovering her for themselves.

The year 2009 was a big one for Alexis: She released her first albums on both Motéma Music and Venus Records… and went to Basic Training to prepare for her new job as a jazz singer for the US Army.

During her seven years in the Army’s Big Band, Cole had the opportunity to grow as a musician and a person, sharing the stage with ensembles as diverse as the New York Philharmonic and Kool and the Gang. Alexis continued recording throughout her tour of duty, releasing a string of well-received albums, including four titles for Venus, two for Motema, and two on Chesky Records. She proved her versatility on everything from jazz standards to Paul Simon’s lesser known compositions, to Disney love songs to a project on which she teamed up with a fellow serviceman 50 years her senior, the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

Though Alexis transformed into an insightful interpreter of jazz during her Army years, understandably, her personal advancements and achievements had to take a back seat to her military responsibilities.

Alexis has blossomed since leaving the service in 2016, trading her uniforms and fatigues for sleek cocktail dresses and chic hats, and focusing fully on her art. The singer’s career has taken on exciting new momentum, with recent accomplishments including gigs at celebrated venues like Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Blue Note; and performances as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Boston Pops and the Detroit Symphony. Alexis also recently contributed a guest turn on pianist Harold Mabern’s star-studded album Afro Blue, alongside the likes of fellow guests Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, and Jane Monheit.

On the education front, Alexis Cole now heads the vocal program at the renowned conservatory at SUNY Purchase, and is a Jamey Aebersold-sponsored clinician. She’s looking forward to guest lecturing at the acclaimed Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands this coming academic year. This summer Alexis and her trio will take the stage for a residency at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan’s famous Carlyle Hotel, following in the footsteps of Marian McPartland and Barbara Carroll.

Alexis Cole’s freshly reclaimed civilian status has opened a new world where her profound experience can meld more completely with her worldview and personal expression. As the noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow points out, “Alexis Cole grows in power, maturity, and depth each year. She continues to have unlimited potential.” Whether you’re a long-time jazz fan or a newcomer to the art form, you won’t want to miss a single note from this icon in-the-making.

https://www.alexiscole.com/

https://www.alexiscole.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VarXFF8zXks

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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents James Suggs Quartet

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

James Suggs is a professional trumpet player who now resides in St. Petersburg, FL. He grew up in Pennsylvania, started playing at age 9 and playing professionally at 15 while living in Ohio. At age 16, Suggs toured the US, Holland, Germany, and Switzerland with The Continental Singers. In 1998 James attended Youngstown State University in Ohio where he received his Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. At this time he began performing on cruise ships, 6 contracts to be exact. He also was the featured soloist while on tour with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as recording with them. Later, he would also have the honor of playing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Suggs spent 8 years living and performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While there, he toured with Argentinean bands in Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, England, Portugal and Spain. He has performed with such jazz greats as Kenny Burrell, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Mintzer, Sean Jones, Kevin Mohagany and Chuck Mangione to name a few. James currently performs with various groups around the Tampa Bay area. He has his own jazz combos including a tribute to the great Louis Armstrong.

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

Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez Quartet

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

Featuring Chris on guitar & vocals; Ed Krout on piano; Chuck Archard on bass 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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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.

Bobby Koelble's Los Hombres De Led Zeppelin featuring Kaleigh Baker - 7:30pm Show

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

Two shows: 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. See below for tickets for the 10:00 p.m. show.

Enjoy an evening of Latin jazz arrangements of the music of Led Zeppelin, featuring a nine-piece band of all-star Orlando musicians with the amazing Kaleigh Baker on vocals.

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://youtu.be/YHsJJsM6zMs

https://youtu.be/fmlr2SvTUTU

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Bobby Koelble's Los Hombres De Led Zeppelin featuring Kaleigh Baker - 10:00pm Show

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

Two shows: 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. See above for tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show.

Enjoy an evening of Latin jazz arrangements of the music of Led Zeppelin, featuring a nine-piece band of all-star Orlando musicians with the amazing Kaleigh Baker on vocals.

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://youtu.be/YHsJJsM6zMs

https://youtu.be/fmlr2SvTUTU

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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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Tuesday Night Sessions: Cortez and Koelble

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

Featuring Chris Cortez and Bobby Koelble: Two of Orlando's finest jazz guitarists explore the swinging duet format.

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris Cortez ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Bobby Koelble is a guitarist and teacher whose artistry ranges from straight-ahead jazz to heavy metal.

A video of Chris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDYjbXg_D8Y

A video of Bobby and his trio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kePgBB3f7b8

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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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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.

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

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

Grant Peeples 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 Folk singer/songwriter/guitarist, Grant Peeples.

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.

http://www.terribinionmusic.com/about/

http://www.terribinionmusic.com/video/

Folk singer/songwriter/guitarist, Grant Peeples, was born in Tallahassee, Florida. He's toured around the world, sharing his passion for music and poetry. He has made ten studio records, three live recordings and two poetry books.

Grant's songwriting is heavily influenced by his experiences while living on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua.

Gurf Morlix, who produced Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Slaid Cleaves, has produced four of Grant’s Records, including his most recent, “Settling Scores Vol II” (2018).

https://www.grantpeeples.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsg0wrRt-JU

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