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Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

To learn more about Chris Cortez and friends, view photos and videos please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/chris-cortez

Award-winning pianist Dr. Zachary Bartholomew and his trio present, "Piano Legends: The Music of Cole, Peterson, Evans, Jamal, Hancock, and Glasper”.

Joining Zach are Marty Quinn on bass, and Rodolfo Zuniga on drums.

Experience an interactive and informative concert showcasing compositions and arrangements from some of the most influential piano trios in the history of jazz and American music. The program will include music from legendary pianists such as Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans, to living legends like Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, and Robert Glasper.

Dr. Zachary Bartholomew is an award-winning pianist, composer, and music educator who maintains an active performance career as one of the most heavily sought-after pianists, accompanists, and sidemen in South Florida. He is a full-time professor at Florida Memorial University and is actively involved in music education and outreach.

To read more about Zach, view photos and videos, click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/zachary-bartholomew-trio

When musicians compliment each other, they use the term “monster.” It’s the highest praise. It means you are playing at the top of your game. We’ve decided to create a new series featuring the monsters who live and work among us, and we’re making those shows available to their biggest fans… musicians. Our JazzPro series will take place on weeknights, so that other musicians (normally working on weekends) can attend, with special discounts for professional musicians and students. Muggles (non-musicians) also welcome.

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.

To learn more about Dan, view photos and videos please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/dan-jordan-quartet

Students $16, Professional musicians $16, General Admission $20.

Note: General Admission tickets are available online. To avoid ticketing fees and verify eligibility, discounted tickets must be purchased at the door. Please call or email melodycortez@live.com or 407-636-9951.

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Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

To learn more about Chris Cortez and friends, view photos and videos please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/chris-cortez

Ricky Sylvia and the Buzzcatz perform 70’s AM radio hits and rarities from James Taylor, Jim Croce, Dionne Warwick, The Spinners, Marvin Gaye, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Roberta Flack, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and more. Ricky Sylvia leads a seven-piece band with special guest vocalists Carmen Harrell and David Betancourt. 

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

1962 was the year Bossa Nova landed in North America. Carnegie Hall hosted the first Bossa Nova Concert on November 21, 1962, presenting Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Sérgio Mendes, Luiz Bonfá, Roberto Menescal and others in a historic evening that changed the landscape of music in North America and worldwide.

ROBERTO MENESCAL began his career as a professional musician playing with renowned artists such as Silvinha Telles, Elis Regina and others. In the late fifties his composer career blossomed, and together with artists such as Carlos Lyra, Tom Jobim and Ronaldo Bôscoli, he created Bossa Nova.

From then on, his guitar's different beat became famous world wide. Menescal helped to show Brazil around the world with some of his compositions such as “O Barquinho,”“Você,” “Nós e o Mar,” “Bye, Bye Brasil,” “Rio,” among other remarkable songs.

Downbeat Magazine calls DANIELA SOLEDADE a “master of classic samba and bossa nova.” An heir to the Bossa Nova legacy, Soledade is highly acclaimed for her poignantly expressive vocal style and intimate aesthetic. Drawing from authentic bossa nova, samba, MPB, and American Popular Song, Soledade is the sound of contemporary Bossa Nova. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Soledade’s family roots are steeped in Bossa Nova’s inception. Her grandfather, Paulo Soledade composed popular songs with renowned Bossa Nova founders Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho, Baden Powell, Fernando Lobo, and others. Daniela’s latest album Pretty World is out now on Blue Line Music Records.

Guitarist NATE NAJAR is one of this decade’s finest modern jazz guitarists. Nate’s newest album, Jazz Samba Pra Sempre, pays homage to Jazz Samba, the 1962 landmark album by Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz that launched bossa nova in the United States. Playing Charlie Byrd’s own instrument (a gorgeous-sounding 1974 Ramirez 1A nylon string classical guitar), Najar is joined by tenor saxophonist Jeff Rupert, bassist Herman Burney (playing Keter Betts’ bass played on the original Jazz Samba), keyboardist Patrick Bettison on Fender Rhodes electric piano and drummer Chuck Redd (previously of the Charlie Byrd Trio). Daniela Soledade guests on two tracks, Joao Gilberto’s classic “O Pato" and Ary Barroso’s “É Luxo Só.” The results are as dreamy as they are exhilarating.

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!!!"

Drummer, percussionist, composer, and producer MAGRUS BORGES will join the group this evening. Magrus is Grammy-nominated together with Bebel Gilberto (daughter of legendary father of Bossa Nova, Joao Gilberto) for her album “Agora”. Magrus started out his career at the age of 16 with one of Bossa Nova’s founding fathers, Johnny Alf. While living in New York, he performed and toured with Astrud Gilberto, Shakira, Chuck Mangione, Nestor Torres, Tania Maria, Larry Coryell, Moacir Santos, and Grace Jones.

Magrus has released various albums of Brazilian Jazz with his group “The Rainforest Trio” and his solo album “Futurezon” which features him as a composer plus his 6th CD “Manissadu” recorded in Brazil. Since 2014, Magrus has also started a duo project with his daughter Ella, named Ella & The Bossa Beat.

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Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

To learn more about Chris Cortez and friends, view photos and videos please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/chris-cortez

Greg Diaz brings his Art of Imagination Quintet to the Blue Bamboo! This evening's program presents original jazz inspired arrangements of the music of Eddie Harris, Eugene McDaniel, Harold Arlen, Eddie Jefferson, James Taylor, Ray Charles, and others, as well as their own original jazz compositions.

The group features Greg Diaz on saxes, vocals, and flute, Per Danielsson on piano, Bobby Koelble on guitar, Doug Mathews on bass, and Paul Parker on drums.

To read more about Greg Diaz, view photos and videos, click here https://bluebambooartcenter.com/greg-diaz-and-the-art-of-imagination-quintet

Terry Myers presents: Dave Wolpe Tribute

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

Terry Myers is presenting a high powered tribute to Dave Wolpe, one of the world’s best big band arrangers. Dave is a resident of Central Florida, and spent many years in the U. S. Army as an arranger and outstanding trombonist. He has most notably arranged for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

This afternoons group of top performers will feature: Connie Brink and Michael Andrew - vocals; Terry Myers - Leader and Bari Sax; Dave MacKenzie - Alto Sax; Doug Spoonamore - Tenor Sax; Charlie Bertini - Trumpet; Pat Gullotta - Trombone; Michael Kramer - Piano; Charlie Silva - Bass; Clyde Conner - Drums

"Terry Myers is undoubtedly one of the best all-around reed players in the country today. His versatility and expertise on the clarinet and saxophone are a treat to the ears." said Buddy Morrow, former leader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and one of the great musicians and band leaders who was there for the early stages of the "Big Band Era".

Terry is a charming host and band leader, who puts the audience at ease and then wows them with his humor, knowledge, and musical presentation.

To read more about Terry, view photos and videos, please visit https://bluebambooartcenter.com/terry-myers

Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

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).

To read more about Jeff Rupert, view photos and videos, click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/jeff-rupert-quartet

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Don Soledad Quartet presents: Arte y Pasion 9/3/22

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

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

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

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

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.

To read more about Don and view videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/don-soledad

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.

Tanner Johnson is a lifelong violinist and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the Pacific Northwest. He is known for his instrumental virtuosity and dynamic performing style. With two decades of performance experience, he has performed with bands and orchestras around the world, both as a soloist and a sideman. He studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and is currently a regular performer at Disney World. As a special events performer, he has impeccable 5 star reviews, and is a delight to audiences at all occasions. Notable performers Tanner has played alongside are John Patitucci, Ivan Lins, The Receiving End of Sirens, and The Dear Hunter.

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This afternoon's program features John DePaola on trumpet, Michael Andrew on vocals, Dave MacKenzie on woodwinds, Walt Hubbard on drums, and Marco Bojorquez on bass.

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.

To learn more about John and the group, view photos and videos, please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/john-depaola-quintet-w-michael-andrew

The John DePaola Quintet is partially funded by a grant from the State of Florida.

Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival

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

3 days of FREE concerts featuring artists from Blue Bamboo Music.

Thursday 9/8/22(8PM) Chris Cortez and friends CD release party
Friday 9/9/22 (8PM) Carol Morgan quartet
Friday 9/9/22 (9PM) Mike Wheeler quartet
Saturday 9/10/22 (8PM) Sambuca quartet featuring: Glen Ackerman, Will Cruz, Paul English, and Chris Cortez
Saturday 9/10/22 (9PM) Glen Ackerman’s Glenious Inner Planet

Capacity is limited so reservations are strongly suggested. Please call Melody Cortez at 407-636-9951 to reserve your seats. Sponsored by Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, Blue Bamboo Music, and the City of Winter Park. To learn more about the artists please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/blue-bamboo-jazz-festival

Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival

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

3 days of FREE concerts featuring artists from Blue Bamboo Music.

Thursday 9/8/22(8PM) Chris Cortez and friends CD release party
Friday 9/9/22 (8PM) Carol Morgan quartet
Friday 9/9/22 (9PM) Mike Wheeler quartet
Saturday 9/10/22 (8PM) Sambuca quartet featuring: Glen Ackerman, Will Cruz, Paul English, and Chris Cortez
Saturday 9/10/22 (9PM) Glen Ackerman’s Glenious Inner Planet

Capacity is limited so reservations are strongly suggested. Please call Melody Cortez at 407-636-9951 to reserve your seats. Sponsored by Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, Blue Bamboo Music, and the City of Winter Park.

To learn more about the artists please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/blue-bamboo-jazz-festival

Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival

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

3 days of FREE concerts featuring artists from Blue Bamboo Music.

Thursday 9/8/22(8PM) Chris Cortez and friends CD release party
Friday 9/9/22 (8PM) Carol Morgan quartet
Friday 9/9/22 (9PM) Mike Wheeler quartet
Saturday 9/10/22 (8PM) Sambuca quartet featuring: Glen Ackerman, Will Cruz, Paul English, and Chris Cortez
Saturday 9/10/22 (9PM) Glen Ackerman’s Glenious Inner Planet

Capacity is limited so reservations are strongly suggested. Please call Melody Cortez at 407-636-9951 to reserve your seats. Sponsored by Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, Blue Bamboo Music, and the City of Winter Park.

To learn more about the artists please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/blue-bamboo-jazz-festival

Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

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 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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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.