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Jeff Rupert Quartet - 9/18/2021

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

Seating is limited to 50 patrons and masks are required.

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Sold Out! Orlando Jazz Orchestra with Michael Andrew - Sinatra at the Sands - 9/19/2021

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

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/

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

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

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Sold Out - 2nd Show - Orlando Jazz Orchestra with Michael Andrew - Sinatra at the Sands - 7PM 9/19/2021

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

By popular demand, we have added a 2nd show. Please note that this show starts at 7:00pm.

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/

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

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

There is limited seating available for this show and masks are required for everyone.

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Beth McKee and Her Funky Time Band

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

A working pianist since she was 14, Beth McKee’s identity really began when she moved to Austin, Texas. From the trenches of bars and blues bands, she was recruited by harmonica legend Greg “Fingers” Taylor to join his band and embarked on a tour opening for Jimmy Buffett. Afterwards, Beth moved to New Orleans to join noted ‘90s bayou-country band Evangeline, which was discovered and signed by Buffett to his Margaritaville Records label. She released two albums with Evangeline before setting out to make her own mark.

Beth’s solo career has spanned this decade with several albums, including a 2010 tribute to Louisiana music icon Bobby Charles (I’m That Way). The legend himself was so impressed with her interpretations of his songs that she was invited to sing with him on his own record Timeless, the last before his death. “Bobby Charles mastered simplicity and universal truth in his songs; Beth was his favorite interpreter of the bared-soul truth his songs communicated,” says Jim Bateman, Charles’ longtime manager. “Everything she does taps into that universal thread that everyone understands without thinking.”

In addition to touring and coordinating the Swamp Sistas, Beth mentors songwriters, conducts songwriting clinics as musical “informances” at various Southern universities, and hosts a songwriters series in Orlando to showcase homegrown and visiting talent, as well as road-test her own material.

Beth’s band brings the best of all that together and includes her husband Juan Perez on drums, Gerry Wilhelm on bass and Grant Peyton on guitar.

http://bethmckee.com/

Seating is limited to 50 patrons and masks are required.

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Bobby Koelble Quartet

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

Bobby Koelble, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews and Dan Jordan celebrate the birthdays of both their mentor Sam Rivers and the inspirational John Coltrane by performing some of their favorite selections from these two powerhouse composers. This concert is sure to be an incredible evening of jazz from some of Orlando's finest musicians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL3HqBoYrUw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoeaWlJ6QE&t=401s

Seating is limited to 50 patrons and masks are required.

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Sold Out - Ricky Sylvia and the Buzzcatz Present: It Happened In Vegas

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

Local favorites Ricky Sylvia & The Buzzcatz pay tribute to the golden age of the Neon Strip, recreating hits from The Rat Pack, Louis Prima, Elvis, Bobby Darin, and more. The Buzzcatz boast a 20+ year history with a deep bag full of great nostalgic tunes.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

Seating is limited to 50 patrons and masks are required.

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Dan Jordan Quartet

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

An evening of jazz featuring Dan Jordan - sax and flute; Ed Krout - B3 organ; Barry Smith - drums; and Steve Luciano - guitar.

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 - 10/2/2021

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.

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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Jeff Rupert Quartet - 10/8/2021

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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Brian Smalley

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

Brian Smalley is a Florida guitar picker with ten crafty fingers, a variety of musical styles and multiple personalities. During his long musical career, Brian has worked to develop a motif that he describes as the “Acoustic Novel,” replete with plot and sub-text, providing a mental landscape that is something akin to aural musical theatre. First and foremost, these works are guitar albums, with the core purpose to produce pure original music; but there is something else here for those desiring to delve deeper.

Before ‘CHOSEN,’ Brian's most recent recording, he recorded six projects. His acoustic novel “ChickensPigs” received the Best Florida Folk CD award from The Florida Times Union in 2013. And thousands have enjoyed the tale of Painter Kellet, a homeless man in Key West, from the acoustic novel ‘KEY.’

https://www.briansmalley.com/

"Three Or Four Days A Week" https://youtu.be/hu1Qs8DcvBI

"He'd Talk About Mango" https://youtu.be/ze1ZFxKNvvU

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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Resolve

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

RESOLVE is a vocal jazz quartet based out of Central Florida. Inspired by legendary vocal groups such as the Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices, these four young vocalists bring a flair and musicality to the stage that is all their own!

When they're not creating music as RESOLVE, they spend their time performing for the Walt Disney Company. Collectively, they can be seen performing at various stages throughout Walt Disney World.

For this performance, Resolve is adding a rhythm section.

https://www.officialresolve.com/

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

Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci, Lao Tizer, Joel Rosenblatt and Dave Livolsi

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

Guitarist, composer, producer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for over 35 years. Chieli recently released his 35th anniversary CD, “All Stars” (Trippin N Rhythm Records). Chieli & Special EFX’s previous release saw title track, “Deep as the Night”, won Billboard Magazine’s 2018 top honors, best-song-of-the-year.

Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lou Reed, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Rupert Holmes, Eartha Kitt, Eddie Fisher, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others. Although renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, and others. Chieli's original scoring work can be heard in live stage productions of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and others.

https://www.chielimusic.com/ The official Chieli Minucci website

Video https://youtu.be/UK7cah4zHag

Additional biographical and discography information can be viewed at: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chieli-minucci-mn0000113409/credits

International Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1474265

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chieli_Minucci

Keyboardist Lao Tizer is one of today’s rising stars of the world-fusion genre. Tizer’s original music has spurred comparisons of a modern twist to the 1970s and early 1980s heyday of jazz fusion, when trailblazing ensembles like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report set the aesthetic standard. Lao’s music has a multi-genre, multi-national appeal and his group, The Lao Tizer Band, has toured the USA and the world while being nominated “Jazz Group of the Year”! Their new 2018 CD/DVD combo release, Songs From The Swinghouse has received acclaim across the industry while debuting near the top of the Billboard Jazz Album Chart!

Joel Rosenblatt is a world-renowned drummer and producer. He has performed and recorded with such greats as: Spyro Gyra, Special EFX, Lee Ritenour, Freddy Jackson, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton. Eileen Ivers, Michel Camilo, Chick Corea, Steps Ahead, Paquito d Rivera, Manhattan Transfer, Randy Brecker, Ken Navarro, Bill Evans and many more. Having toured the world many times over, Joel brings an international musical awareness to the music. Currently the owner and main engineer at world class Cliff Sound Productions, Joel is also actively involved in producing and cultivating new artists.

Bassist David Livolsi attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA for two semesters. It was there in Boston where he began combining all of his influences of Rock, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Fusion, Funk, and Soul Music to create his "sound" on the bass. David has gone on to work with such notable artists such as, John Scofield, Bill Evans, Jazz Is Dead, T Lavitz, Jerry Goodman, Roberta Flack, Maysa, Najee, Chuck Loeb, Sam Rivers, Kung Fu, John Tropea, David Spinozza, Nelson Rangell, and many more.

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AppleJazz Records presents the Charlie Bertini Quartet

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

An evening of jazz featuring Charlie Bertini on trumpet & flugelhorn; David MacKenzie on keyboards; Chuck Archard on bass and Eddie Metz on drums & percussion.

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

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

http://www.charliebertini.com/bio.htm

https://www.applejazz.com/

Nik & Reema Quartet

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

Armed with a guitar and sultry vocals, Nik & 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. For this show they will be joined by Jon Warcholac on bass and Mark Falchook on piano.

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

David MacKenzie's Mind Meld Quintet 10/22/2021

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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Gerald Law II & The Clutch

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

Drummer, composer, band leader Gerald Law II has built a reputation as the go-to drummer for jazz and R&B artists in Central Florida. If you’ve seen him play, you know why he’s affectionately called “the smiling drummer.” Law drives the rhythm and elevates the performance of everyone around him, including his own band The Clutch, featuring Joel Law (piano), Derrick Harvin (keyboards), LaVon Rushing (bass), and Paul Chong-You (trumpet).

Their latest project began in 2020 at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, following the death of George Floyd. As a black man, a new father, and concerned citizen, Gerald was inspired to explore the issue in a unique musical project. The result is a moving set of compositions focusing on our common humanity called "Who We Are." Gerald describes the project -

"When injustices and killings are carried out against Black people, the first images we see in the media are often presented in justification for their mistreatment or death. It isn’t until the nation is in uproar or violence breaks out that a light is shined on who these people were: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends. Before the world is given a chance to feel empathy, the viral spread of images and facts, without context, obscures the reality that these are humans who did not deserve to die.

The ‘Who We Are’ project is intended to illuminate African-American culture. The music will portray who we are as people, using text and audio from interviews to amplify the sound and perspective of these voices — the sounds of these human beings."

Please join us for this intimate, revealing presentation, which will also feature selections from the Clutch’s two prior CD projects.

https://www.geraldlawmusic.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ErtdqBmVL4

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Chase Shellee

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

Chase Shellee is a multifaceted performer who brings honesty, passion, and grit to the stage and beyond. There is a depth and complexity in her original mix of alternative rock, and she brings a rich, new flavor to covers and classic standards. Songstress and storyteller, lyricist and performer, she brings a sultry elegance to the stage as she weaves "a potent mix of Blues, cool, speakeasy Jazz. She can belt out vocals with a raspy grit, then bring them down with couth and ease." (Patrick Jude, Central Florida Post) Her fusion of genres and musicality is a refreshing take on modern rock.

https://youtu.be/PtNwmghBVQQ

https://youtu.be/-rkRLDuPbWY

https://chaseshellee.com/

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Jack Graham & Friends

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

Jack Graham is well known to fans of the Blue Bamboo, Living Room Theatre, and Pechakucha. His music is always thoughtful, inspiring, full of humor, and most of all LOVE. It always turn out to be just what you needed. Join us for another moving journey.

Guitarist Jack Graham plays Finger-style solos from the favorite parts of his life, mixed in with songs that have special meaning to him. His history is a mix of 60's and 70's teenage band experiences, Classical Guitar Study and lots of backyards and firesides.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYgV6QUAl9s

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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.