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Sold Out - Bobby Koelble Trio Presents: Music From The Beatles

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

Bobby Koelble on guitar, Marco Bojorquez on bass, Alain Bradette on saxophone, Keegan Matthews on piano, Walt Hubbard on drums and Michelle Mailhot 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbYiru6lzfM&t=5s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kePgBB3f7b8

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

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Sold Out - Charlie Russo presents: The Music of Nat King Cole featuring The Michael Kramer Trio

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

Charlie Russo presents the music of Nat King Cole featuring The Michael Kramer Trio. Charlie Russo on vocals, Michael Kramer on piano, Ben Kramer on bass and Greg Parnell on drums.

Golden-voiced singer Charlie Russo is a singing sensation. From the moment he steps onto the stage, his performance is electrifying. His extensive repertoire ranges from the easy-listening ballads of Frank Sinatra to the upbeat tunes of Stevie Wonder. His breathtaking voice captivates audiences of all ages.

www.charlierussojr.com

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Daniel Jordan Quartet Presents the Music of Herbie Hancock

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

Dan Jordan on saxophone and flute, Mark McKee on piano, Chuck Archard on bass and Walt Hubbard on drums.

A little about Herbie Hancock: Pianist Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe.

There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.”

A little about Daniel Jordan: Daniel Jordan is a passionate and creative tenor saxophonist and flautist. He joined Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1982 as the tenor soloist. With Maynard, Daniel played with Eddie Gomez, McCoy Tyner, Al Foster, Slide Hampton, Billy Eckstine and Mel Torme.

Daniel was chosen to join artist in residence Elvin Jones at the Atlantic Center for The Arts for a 3 week residency in 1985 and played lead alto with Sam Rivers Big Band until Sam’s transition. While living in New York, Daniel toured the world playing reed 1 with Natalie Cole and toured nationally with Michael Wolf and Badal Roy.

Daniel was Judson Green’s Musical director for 30 years and played with and recorded Larry Coryell’s last album Barefoot Man: Sanpaku.

Daniel’s best playing is captured on Michael Ross’s album Ginger.

Daniel Jordan with the Cortez/Williams Project: https://youtu.be/tfZBkGQuaI0

Daniel Jordan with the Larry Brown Quintet: https://youtu.be/lbqYIA-T0ow

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CuBop - 8/7/2021

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

Celebrating the Latin infused side of the Blue Note catalog, CuBop's origin stems from the fusion of the Afro-Cuban and BeBop sounds of stylistic pioneers Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, and Horace Silver. Since the group's inception in 2015, the CuBop catalog has expanded to cover a wide array of styles in the jazz idiom from Latin-Jazz to Hard Bop and to more progressive avant-garde styles all rooted within the classic quintet and sextet format.

In this program CuBop! pays tribute to the iconic “Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.” With some of the area's top players, CuBop consists of Marco Bojorquez on bass, Bob Thornton on piano, Greg Parnell on drums, Joe Breidenstine on trumpet, Jeremy Fratti on tenor sax, and Frank Wosar on trombone.

https://youtu.be/FB4bVaFvEKI

https://youtu.be/LidE0R5bFts

https://youtu.be/HxlsXrIKffs

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James Hall

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

This concert is fully sponsored, so admission is free! Reservations are required. To make reservations, please email Melody at melodycortez@live.com or call 407-636-9951.

Sixteen year-old Californian-born James Hall returns to the Blue Bamboo!

James, an accomplished and original jazz composer, pianist and vibraphonist, presents a program of his original compositions. Joining James are first-class musicians Jeremy Fratti – flute, clarinet, alto and tenor sax; Marco Bojorquez - bass and Greg Parnell - drums.

This trio, combined with James doubling on vibes and piano and featuring his original compositions, is sure to be a very entertaining and exciting event.

Ryan Devlin Quintet: A Going Away Concert 8/13/2021

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

Come say farewell and congratulations to Ryan in his last Orlando concert before moving to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory for Jazz Performance.

Ryan Devlin is an ambitious young musician from Central Florida. A second-generation professional saxophonist, Devlin has won awards and competitions, and was recently invited by Grammy-winning drummer and producer Ulysses Owens to perform together in Orlando.

Joining Devlin for this concert are acclaimed pianist Per Danielsson, bass phenom Thomas Milovac, drummer extraordinaire Eric Bailey and the exceptional guitarist Zach Muth.

Expect high energy standards and originals from this stellar cast of Jazz musicians! The quintet will be playing known jazz standard tunes and selections from Devlin’s first record, "Thoughts on the Matter," recorded in December 2020 featuring Ulysses Owens on drums and currently airing on international radio stations.

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

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Vivacity presents: Songs of the Silver Screen

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

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show as you travel through movie history with some of the best-loved songs of the silver screen. Featuring Vivacity's starlit vocalist Krissy Vavrek along with Heather Thorn - xylophone, Dave MacKenzie - reeds and flute, Greg Zabel - bass and Per Danielsson - piano.

http://vivacitymusic.com/

$35.00 per person table seat; $25.00 per person chair only

Orlando Jazz Orchestra - Tribute to the Terry Gibbs Dream Band featuring James Hall on the Vibraphone - 8/15/2021

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

Although The Terry Gibbs Big Band existed for only 3 years [1959 - 1962], performed in relative obscurity because it never toured and didn’t have most of its recorded output released until a quarter of a century after it folded, those who experienced it in person during its brief existence have come to refer to it by another name – The Terry Gibbs Dream Band.

This is a rare opportunity to hear these great arrangements by the likes of Bill Holman, Marty Paich, Shorty Rogers, Al Cohn, Manny Albam, Med Flory, among many others.

Vibraphonist James Hall will be playing the part of Terry Gibbs and is sure to to give an exciting performance.

http://www.orlandojazzorchestra.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1945737822109071/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0XMjFzjeQ0

Cortez/Williams Project 8/20/2021

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

Trumpeter Larry Williams has returned home to Orlando, and after a 10-year absence from the instrument, and much to the delight of his many fans, has also returned to the trumpet. Also an inspiring composer, guitarist, and percussionist, Larry’s body of work includes orchestral, rock, world music, fusion, and straight-ahead jazz.

The partnership between Chris Cortez and Larry Williams goes back over 40 years. The 2 spent the early part of their careers in the band Rhythm Method, which became a premier jazz/fusion group in Central Florida in the 1980s, opening for Miles Davis, James Brown, Zawinil Syndicate, and backing up Ira Sullivan and Joe Diorio, among others.

In preparation for a new recording project, Chris and Larry are doing a series of shows at Blue Bamboo. Band members include Bob Thornton - piano, Walt Hubbard - drums, Marco Bojorquez - bass, and Dan Jordan - saxophone & flute. Join us for what is sure to be an exciting meeting of these unique musical minds.

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Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar - Love & Bossa Nova LIVE 8/21/2021

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

Join us as Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar bring their live version of "Love and Bossa Nova" to Blue Bamboo!

Downbeat Magazine calls her a “master of classic samba and bossa nova.” Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist/guitarist Daniela Soledade grew up in a family of musicians with a direct line to the origins of Bossa Nova. Daniela’s grandfather was Paulo Soledade, who composed songs with legendary Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho and Baden Powell. Her father, Paulinho Soledade is an artist and producer who learned guitar from Baden Powell himself and has worked with legends Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil among others. As a child Daniela participated in studio recordings for Brazilian artists such as Xuxa and the band Oxgênios. At age 14, she placed first in the entrance exam to attend the prestigious Music Conservatory Villa Lobos. Daniela settled in the United States in 2003 and maintains a busy performing schedule. Her debut album, “A Moment of You” was released September 6, 2019 on Blue Line Music Records.

Guitarist Nate Najar is emerging as one of this decade’s finest modern jazz exponents. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess- not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najar’s comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, Nate seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and interesting. Continuing to perform at major venues and festivals across the entire globe, Nate’s latest album, Under Paris Skies was released in 2018 on Woodward Avenue Records. Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene…." Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd says it best: "There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie's soul in Nate's mind, heart and fingers. Get ready world, here comes Nate Najar!!!"

https://www.danielasoledade.com/

https://www.natenajar.com/

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Dave MacKenzie's Mind Meld Quintet 8/27/2021

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

Join us for an evening of jazz featuring all original compositions by multi-instrumentalist Dave MacKenzie (saxophones/flute/clarinet and music arranger).

Joining Dave are Walt Hubbard on drums, Chuck Archard on bass, LaRue Nickelson on guitar and Bob Thornton on piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOmVgL8Wxs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-syr66FFCw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA8BvU8xi74&t=1540s

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Jeff Rupert Quartet - 8/28/2021

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

Join us for a fabulous night of jazz with Jeff on saxophone, Marty Morell 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=po2_ypZchi4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL4ybd6d0Hg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxqs5Fm3DGw

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Nik and Reema Trio

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

The Nik & Reema Trio is a Jazz/Noir Pop group featuring Niklas Schonbeck on guitar, Reema Schonbeck on vocals, and Jon Warcholac on bass.

Armed with only a guitar and sultry vocals, Reema’s noir pop style has been called “so beautiful to experience.” They have performed in Paris, Berlin, London, Alaska, Mexico— as well as every part of the United States from California to New York. Nik & Reema’s sound can be heard on Platinum level selling albums, on TV, in commercials, on Disney stages, as part of press releases for luxury resorts, and so much more.

“If you have not heard of Nik and Reema yet, you will soon. This couple has such a wonderful sound, style and look that you will find yourself wanting to hear more. Their amazing talents complement each other perfectly. Listening to Reema’s amazing voice along with Nik’s outstanding musicianship will make you a fan for life.” -Troy P; Disney

https://noire-productions.com/nik-and-reema/

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Alain Bradette 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.

Joining Alain are Richard Drexler on bass, Per Danielsson on piano and Walt Hubbard on drums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MolqCcm-9BE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmeIj5JNfKg

https://www.alainbradette.com

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063708781546

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Don Soledad Trio presents: Arte y Pasion 9/4/2021

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

The Don Soledad trio presents “Arte y Pasíon” (Art and Passion) – an evening of flamenco.

Join Don Soledad on flamenco guitar, Justin Steger on percussion and flamenco dancer Briana Small while they take you on a journey to Southern Spain.

Guitarist and recording artist Don Soledad has been a mainstay in the US and Florida talent pool since his move from the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon his arrival, Don has released two original albums and more recently, a 3 song EP in 2020. His dedication to the art of flamenco guitar started under the tutelage of flamenco guitar maestros living in the US, as well as in Andalucia, Spain. Performance highlights include; opening for Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, stints at the Versace Mansion in South Beach and performing for Gloria Estefan’s private parties as well as being the house band for 5 years at the Estefan’s resort Costa d’Este in Vero Beach.

"Arte y Pasíon" will feature original compositions from Soledad’s two albums, new repertoire and Don’s favorite compositions from Spanish flamenco guitar maestros as well as other surprises.

Briana Small, one of Central Florida’s most talented up-and-coming dancers, is one of the principal dancers for the local Orlando dance academy Flamenco del Sol. She has been dancing flamenco for 11 years and under the direction of maestra Tammy Weber Millar for 8 years. Briana is currently on rehearsals for a production under the direction by one of Madrid’s best flamenco dancers and artistic director for ‘Spain’s Got Talent’ show Carlos Rodriguez.

Justin Steger (percussionist), is a Florida native and UCF alumnus. Justin is also the main percussionist for Flamenco del Sol Orlando, as part of many productions since 2015. He also performs in the Central Florida area on vibraphone with his Jazz trio and annually in the field of orchestral percussion with the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra as well as the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPvl5LrnSjQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h7PO-vq5-g

http://www.donsoledad.com/

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John DePaola Sextet featuring Guitarist Rich Walker

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

John and his sextet present “Blowin the Blues” with special guest Rich Walker on guitar and vocals.

It is obvious when one listens to Rich play that his roots are in the blues, citing his major vocal influences as Ray Charles, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter and Al Jarreau. Anyone with a love for, or a background in jazz will hear the influence of Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and George Benson in Rich's guitar playing.

The players: Rich Walker on guitar and vocals; Mark McKee on piano; Walt Hubbard on drums; Jeff Green on bass; Rex Wertz on saxophone; and John DePaola on trumpet.

John DePaola is a freelance trumpeter in Orlando, Florida. His style of jazz improvisation radiates warmth and is complimented by his ability to create melodic solos. He performs regularly at jazz societies and varied venues in central and southern Florida.

John DePaola's CD "Take Two" is hitting well on the jazz charts.

"A fantastic Jazz musician. His trumpet playing is simply superb." Rick Gee, Owner "Gee's Jazz Jamm Inc."

"We always love to have John come to us - his performances are awesome." Walter Griffith, "Jazz Lovers" and "More Jazz" Clubs

"John and his musicians are to put it mildly, "OUTSTANDING!" Dave Walrath, President of the Sarasota Jazz Club

Joining John are: Dan Jordan on saxophone/flute; Dave Mackenzie on saxophone, Charlie Silva on bass, Walt Hubbard on drums and Jim Roberts on piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzJRQEJO5gw&t=784s

https://www.johndepaolamusic.com/

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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Bobby Pickwood

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

An afternoon of jazz featuring trumpeter and vocalist Bobby Pickwood, Bob Thornton on piano, Greg Zabel on bass and Greg Parnell on drums.

Trumpeter/Vocalist Bobby Pickwood began his musical career in 1972 at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills,California. Bobby served as president of the varsity band before graduating with a music scholarship to California State University, Northridge while performing his way through the D,C,B, and A Jazz Ensembles on the Jazz trumpet chair. During that time, he also formed his own Jazz quartet, The Jazz Cookbook. As a freelance musician, Bobby moved to Las Vegas to perform with the Cotton Club on Parade Show at the Aladdin and Dunes Hotels in Las Vegas,Nevada. In 1989 Bobby moved to Orlando,Florida to work full time for Walt Disney World. In 1990 Bobby joined Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band and has performed at world and nation wide Jazz festivals and concerts as a sideman and vocalist. For the past 27 years Bobby has served as leader of the Sunday-Monday Grand Floridian Society Orchestra at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel.

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

Cortez/Williams Project 9/17/2021

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

Trumpeter Larry Williams has returned home to Orlando, and after a 10-year absence from the instrument, and much to the delight of his many fans, has also returned to the trumpet. Also an inspiring composer, guitarist, and percussionist, Larry’s body of work includes orchestral, rock, world music, fusion, and straight-ahead jazz.

The partnership between Chris Cortez and Larry Williams goes back over 40 years. The 2 spent the early part of their careers in the band Rhythm Method, which became a premier jazz/fusion group in Central Florida in the 1980s, opening for Miles Davis, James Brown, Zawinil Syndicate, and backing up Ira Sullivan and Joe Diorio, among others.

In preparation for a new recording project, Chris and Larry are doing a series of shows at Blue Bamboo. Band members include Bob Thornton, Jeremy Katalenic, Marco Bojorquez, and Dan Jordan. Join us for what is sure to be an exciting meeting of these unique musical minds.

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Community Tickets – Please 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.