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Ryan Devlin Quartet: Thoughts on the Matter

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

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. That performance went so well that Owens will join Devlin for this time around, along with acclaimed pianist Per Danielsson and bass phenom Thomas Milovac. Expect high energy standards and originals from this stellar cast of Jazz musicians! The quartet will be playing tunes from Devlin’s first record (recorded in December 2020) along with some known jazz standards.

https://vimeo.com/492174393

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Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar - Love & Bossa Nova LIVE

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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Lakeside Chamber Players: Bassoon 'n' Fiddle

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

Bassoon 'n' Fiddle is a symphonic duo concert featuring Janet Harris on bassoon and Craig Hunting on violin. They will perform music from Mozart and Rossini to movie themes, Charlie Daniels and more!

Janet Harris is the Executive Director of Lakeside Chamber Players. She and her colleagues modeled the organization on such musician-run organizations as the London and Rotterdam philharmonics.

Ms. Harris is a highly sought after bassoonist and has performed with many orchestras across the region including The Florida Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as well as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Harris has held faculty positions at The Conservatory of Music at Lynn University in Boca Raton (her alma mater formerly known as The Harid Conservatory of Music), Saint Petersburg College, Eckerd College, and Clearwater Christian College. She has also performed with orchestras, opera companies, chamber and solo recitals throughout the United States, South and Central America, the Caribbean and Russia.

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

http://lcpclassical.com/

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Greg Parnell Trio featuring vocalist Ashley Locheed

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

An afternoon of jazz featuring Ron Mills on piano, Greg Zabel on bass and Greg Parnell on drums. Vocalist Ashley Locheed joins the trio to perform a special tribute to Peggy Lee.

Ashley Locheed - vocalist, bandleader, recording artist and educator. Her performing career has included musical theater, opera, oratorio, acapella, pop, rock, jazz, big band and studio recording.

Ashley’s musical development was nurtured by her mother, Linda Ellison, a classical singer, pianist, choir director and voice teacher. She continued her education at Stetson University where she received her degree in classical voice and won both the Giffen and Concerto Competitions.

Following several seasons with The Central Florida Lyric Opera and The Orlando Opera Company, she began a transition into popular music and jazz, during which she was a member of both The Voices of Liberty and baroque acapella ensemble, Orlando XIII.

The Ashley Locheed Quartet was formed in 2002 and has performed hundreds of shows, both public and corporate. For the last six years, Ashley Locheed has been touring internationally with two-time Grammy winner, Michael Bolton, with notable shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has also toured with balladeer, Engelbert Humperdinck.

In 2019, she headlined the Musica per i Borghi festival in Umbria, Italy with the Perugia Jazz Band performing the show, In Love With Bacharach.

Her recent 2020 album release, So In Love, with Chris Rottmayer, Chuck Archard and Keith Wilson reached #1 for 11 weeks in the Crossover Jazz category on the Roots Music Report. Another 2020 album release, Back in Town, features veteran clarinetist, Allan Vaché, with Chris Rottmayer, Ben Kramer and Greg Parnell. She is also featured on The Rich Walker Quintet recording, Whistle Britches.

A Central Florida native, Ashley has performed with Kenny Drew Jr., Richard Drexler, Bill Allred, La Lucha, John Lamb, Eddie Metz, Kym Purling, Jeff Rupert and The Central Florida Jazz Orchestra.

Ashley Locheed performs renditions of well-loved standards with a reimagined repertoire that blurs the edges of jazz, pop and classical music.

https://www.ashleylocheed.com/

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Julian Bond Trio: Shaken, Not Stirred

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

Join us for a family friendly evening of music and entertainment.

Featuring Julian Bond on piano; Charlie Silva on bass and Don Sanderson on drums.

Julian Bond is originally from Winchester, England, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. Over the next decade he undertook studies in several other instruments, as well as composition, and in his twenties he moved to London where he graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama with an honors degree in Music Composition, including specialism in conducting, music production and film scoring. His earlier childhood love of the theatre continued to grow and he maintained involvement in stage and film acting along with his musical career.

His piano studies continued in both classical and jazz, and he has performed internationally in both genres. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the European Junior Piano Festival, the EMI "Make Music" composing competition, the Alexander Grotsz Prize for Composition (London) and in 2005 he was ranked as one of the country's top ten young film score composers by Turner Classic Movies, under the auspices of the late Elmer Bernstein.

Julian is currently writing music for various ensembles and projects around the country, and his work can be heard on film and television, as well as live worldwide. He has appeared on stage in several venues around Central Florida, and was most recently cast as the uptight hotel manager Barry in Amazon Prime's "Guns For Hire".

https://www.facebook.com/julianbondmusic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5a815Pdgqo

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Ricky Sylvia & The Buzzcatz - 5/7/2021

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

The Buzzcatz present: The Chairman & The King - The songs of Frank & Elvis. Ricky Sylvia and The Buzzcatz pay a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, covering hits from two of popular music's biggest icons.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

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Ricky Sylvia & The Buzzcatz - 5/9/2021

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

The Buzzcatz present: The Chairman & The King - The songs of Frank & Elvis. Ricky Sylvia and The Buzzcatz pay a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, covering hits from two of popular music's biggest icons.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

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80s Mixtape Mayhem

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

The group reinvents some of your favorite classic 80s tunes.

Featuring Michelle Mailhot on vocals, Ed Krout on keys, Chuck Archard on bass, Marc Clermont on drums and Alain Bradette on saxophone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re0AyOy7gd8&t=1494s

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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 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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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Michael Kramer Fundraiser Concert

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

A special gift to the Central Florida Jazz Society scholarship fund.

Featuring Michael Kramer on piano, Ben Kramer on bass and Greg Parnell on drums.

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

Richard Smith

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

Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. He is now a seasoned performer with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit. In 2018, Richard performed in five continents... North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia including performances with and alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Dave Peacock, Martin Taylor, Brent Mason, Gary Brooker, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Joe Brown, Ralph McTell and many others.

https://www.richardsmithmusic.com

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Terri Binion

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

"Terri Binion, Orlando Americana Royalty, an authentic southern, singer songwriter who has worked nearly 40 years on her poetic craft. Liberty DiVitto (Billy Joel) played drums on her "Leavin' This Town" record. Lucinda Williams sang background vocals on her "Fool" record. Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) put her on her record label, Daemon Records. Jim White (songwriter/producer/filmmaker) wrote, "the third song in, spoke of hurricanes and just kicked ass. As the flatlands of Florida flew by me at sixty miles an hour I heard Terri sing, "this southeast prairie will be but a memory, come another hurricane season like this." I grew up in Florida, had seen that landscape a million times, but never once realized what I was looking at until that line. This southeast prairie; great songwriters do that, they reframe the reality around you so that you see it anew." Orlando is very fortunate to have this American gem living in their backyard." Shayni Rae/ Music promoter NYC/Orlando.

Terri's most current music video, Tiny Little Landmines https://youtu.be/FVtIsiytaKU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yiu2PIRrhc

http://www.terribinionmusic.com/

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Bobby Koelble Quintet presents Flamenco Jazz

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

A night of flamenco jazz featuring Bobby Koelble (guitar), Don Soledad (guitar), Alain Bradette (sax), Chuck Archard (bass) and Ito Colon (percussion).

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=M8BqnRNvg7Y

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CuBop - 6/5/2021

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 explores the sextet sounds of Miles, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, and Kenny Dorham. With some of the area's top players, CuBop consists of Marco Bojorquez on Bass, John Olearchick on Piano, Jeremy Katalenic on drums, Jevon Falcon on trumpet, Jeremy Fratti on Tenor Sax, and Frank Wosar on Trombone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Vt7UVx88U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSTy3P4Couw

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James Hall Recital

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

Vibraphonist and pianist James Hall - now 16 years old - has been performing as a soloist and leader of professional jazz groups since he was 11. He moved to Florida from California in 2019 and quickly teamed up with leading Florida bassist Marco Bojorquez and guitarist Abe Alam, leading duos, trios and quartets in the NSB/Daytona area. On Sunday June 6th he will be partnering with Marco and master drummer Greg Parnell to make his first appearance at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. The trio will play a program of mainstream modern jazz, ballads, and some of James' own compositions. Since moving to Florida James has focused on vibes, but he welcomes the opportunity to also perform on Blue Bamboo's grand piano in collaboration with Marco and Greg.

You can listen on the YouTube links below or website for a sample of James' playing.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLjM8qlRCdQ

www.jameshalljazz.org

Admission to this event is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Please email Melody Cortez AND Roger Hall to make your reservations.

Melody Cortez: melodycortez@live.com Roger Hall: rogerfhall@comcast.net

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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.