Blue Bamboo Center For the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3), NON-PROFIT, charitable corporation.

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Please scroll down to see upcoming events, and click on the individual items to learn more and purchase tickets.  Tickets are also available at the door if the show has not sold out.  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.  

Wednesday Night Hang! Marco Bojorquez Band

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

Free admission!

Marco is one of the area's in demand bassists performing with Robotman, Chris Cortez, and many of Central Florida's top players.

Check out some of Marco's bass work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMnmfmXmX58

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mUVsW2cnt4

This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

Cortez and Friends

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

Featuring Chris on guitar & vocals; Ed Krout on piano; Chuck Archard on bass; Alain Bradette on saxophone 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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Bob James Trio Featuring Will Patrick 7:30pm Show - SOLD OUT

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

The 7:30pm show has sold out. Tickets are still available for the 10:00pm show.

Bob James Trio featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and Special Guest Will Patrick on Guitar

Bob James is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote the theme song for the TV show Taxi.

Come join us for a fabulous night!

http://bobjames.com

Note: Blue Bamboo members must pay full price for this event.

The 7:30pm show has sold out. Tickets are still available for the 10:00pm show.

Bob James Trio Featuring Will Patrick 10:00pm Show

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

Bob James Trio featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and Special Guest Will Patrick on Guitar

Bob James is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote the theme song for the TV show Taxi.

Come join us for a fabulous night!

http://bobjames.com

Note: Blue Bamboo members must pay full price for this event.

Private Event

This is a private event.

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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Bobby Koelble presents the music of the Blue Note Label

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

Jazz fans know of the incredible legacy of the Blue Note record label, who recorded jazz icons John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and a long list of jazz' elite performers. Bobby Koelble and Doug Spoonamore have teamed up to present some of their favorite re-imaginings of some of Blue Note's classic hits.

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.

Bobby's shows at Blue Bamboo are always awe inspiring and innovative. He's produced Jimi met Miles, Los Hombres De Led Zeppelin, Django met Bird, Lady K sings Lady Day, a tribute to Pat Metheny, and many others to great acclaim.

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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Night at the Movies - New Record Release from Svetlana

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

About the Show: Night at the Movies, is a fourteen-track collection of jazz arrangements of film music that spans a century of cinema - based on Svetlana’s chart topping record Night at the Movies which debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Jazz Album Charts / #2 on Jazz Album Charts. The concert is also a love letter to dreaming — both the night and its mysteries, as well as reflecting the yearning for something more, escaping from unwanted realities through imagination and optimism, and persevering despite all odds. Svetlana's Night at the Movies takes listeners on a dynamic musical journey that ranges from the French New Wave and Soviet Cinema, to modern day Academy Award-winners, and animated classics - presented by the New York Swing Collective, the ensemble of New York emerging jazz stars. Film and music both express a fleeting beauty. Night at the Movies reflects these moments of joy and passion, sharp humor and reflection, and most of all, fantasy - and the concert program transports the audience to the carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from sophisticated retrospection to a joyful rowdy dance party.

About Svetlana: Russian-by-birth American-by-Music Svetlana is "Astrud Gilberto in New York via Moscow" (Guy Eckstine), "erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse" (Lucid Culture), that leads her"subtle, compelling, eclectically torchy jazz combos" (NY Music Daily) playing music that is firmly based in the jazz tradition but is also for "here and now" (New York Music Daily), "sophisti-pop… exuberant, foot-stompin’ music that combines swing with pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities”. (WPIX11 News). Svetlana and her band have headlined sold out shows in the premier venues and festivals across the US and internationally gaining critical acclaim from audiences and press alike by presenting exhilarating shows that combine Svetlana's exciting vocals, with the the power, and unpredictable improvisational aspects of her various ensembles.

Svetlana's debut album Night at the Speakeasy has been produced by Grammy Award Winning Guy Eckstine, has premiered among the "most added" on JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts and has been released to critical acclaim (Top 10 2015 albums, Classicalite, Vents Magazine, Bill's Place Music). Svetlana's 2019 album, Night at the Movies, has debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Jazz Album Charts / #2 on Jazz Album Charts. It was produced by Grammy Award nominated Matt Pierson, and arranged by Grammy Award winning Gil Goldstein, and features Wycliffe Gordon, Sullivan Fortner, Pasquale Grasso, Rogerio Boccato, and more.

Videos: Moonlight (from movie Sabrina, 1995) https://youtu.be/5zKhkhfvxMY

Cheek to Cheek (from movie Top Hat, 1935): https://youtu.be/IE9cIe_8wwU

Night at the Movies EPK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j1m0KjullY

Recent Press:
”Energetic…. Outstanding vocalist” - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal “Effortless and delicate, sincere, and ethereal” PopMatters | ”Gorgeous alto conveys the essence of the song so beautifully.... essaying with smoldering restrained passion... drawing the listener into the world these songs evoke”... NYC Jazz Record ”Refined voice… gorgeous atmosphere” - The Walker, Japan ”Beautiful voice, sharp phrasing, ability to turn every track into a small play with its own plot - and mainly, jazz feeling” - JazzQuad, Russia ”Sultry and sensuous trip....Anthem of positivity.... Replete with yearning and dreaminess”.... Aquarian, USA

http://svetlanajazz.com/

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Heather Thorn and Vivacity

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

Vivacity presents the band that went to Brazil to headline the Festival I Love Jazz in September! They will perform the same show with the musicians who traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to perform for 5,000 jazz lovers. This show will be reminiscent of the classic hits Vivacity has established over the last three years! Featuring Heather Thorn - xylophone; Eddie Metz (the Count Basie Orchestra) - drums; Per Danielsson - piano; Greg Zabel (The Glenn Miller Orchestra) - bass and Dave Mackenzie - saxophone, clarinet and flute.

http://vivacitymusic.com/

Jeff Rupert Quartet featuring Stephanie Nakasian

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, Richard Drexler on piano and Stephanie Nakasian on vocals.

Stephanie Nakasian is a former singer with vocal master Jon Hendricks and Company and the Jim Cullum jazz band. She is the mother of jazz sensation Veronica Swift.

Stephanie is an exciting, well-seasoned vocalist and master of innovative jazz improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and vibrant sound all her own. Bringing high energy to every performance, Stephanie enthralls listeners with her pure tones and a flawless delivery, engaging them on a personal level with a love for the music that is playful, electric and spontaneous in story and song. She continues to tour and record as a vocal leader.

https://www.stephanienakasian.com/

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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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Dave Mackenzie/Ron Mills Quartet

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

Dave Mackenzie/Ron Mills Quartet pay tribute to Dave Brubeck.

David Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke." Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his mother's classical training and his own improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures as well as superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

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

Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes

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

Come on out for an evening of fun, interactive music with the talented Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes! Jason is a former Florida State Champion on both fiddle and mandolin, and Billy is known for having one of the greatest country voices in Central Florida! After years of performing at Disney, this experienced acoustic duo brings their own brand of entertainment to the Blue Bamboo!! You'll hear bluegrass, country, blues, Cajun, Celtic, southern rock, oldies, and originals. Make sure to request a song! They may just try it, whether they know it or not!

https://www.facebook.com/JasonandBilly/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/198128880586031/

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Orlando Jazz Orchestra Quintet Presents: A Tribute to JJ Johnson & Kai Winding

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

Join the Orlando Jazz Orchestra Quintet as they feature two full-length albums recorded by the godfather of jazz trombone, JJ Johnson, alongside the artistry of Kai Winding. Together the duo recorded hundreds of tunes showcasing the sound of trombone mastery. From arranging to playing, it is clear how two trombonists managed to record dozens of hit albums together. To fill the roles of JJ and Kai, Corey Paul and Derrick Harris take the stage with Greg Parnell on drums; Bob Thornton on piano and Greg Zabel on bass. Come enjoy an evening of classic tunes that 'swing' along with a few surprises on the way!

http://www.orlandojazzorchestra.com/

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

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

Thursday Night Hang! Dave Sheffield Trio

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

Free admission!

Regarded as one of the finest jazz trios in the central Florida area, the group features Dave on piano, Jeff Green on bass, and Don Sanderson on drums. This is an authentic jazz trio with repertoire consisting of standards from the Great American song book. The group can easily crossover from easy listening dinner music, to hard bebop.

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSpwIdyH2vs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPFEbN29QuE&list=PLwC75S-CTNSCBF7Rkkf6VLFVLySBTmO4G

This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

Scott Mulvahill with Opening Act by Terri Binion

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

Frontman. Singer-songwriter. World-renowned upright bassist. Multi-instrumentalist. For the past decade, Scott Mulvahill has left his unique mark on the intersecting worlds of Americana, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock & roll, and roots music. Already acclaimed for his work alongside icons like Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, he turns a new page with Himalayas, a versatile solo album that celebrates the full spread of his abilities.

Raised in Houston, Mulvahill cut his teeth as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ acclaimed band, Kentucky Thunder. The group toured internationally for five years, backed by the bottom-heavy pulse of Mulvahill's upright bass. Along the way, he also composed music of his own, shining a light on the genre-jumping influences — Paul Simon’s sophisticated pop, James Taylor’s folk, Jaco Pastorius’ innovative jazz, and more — that would eventually inspire the material on his solo debut, Himalayas. His performances as part of Skaggs’ nightly shows laid the brickwork for Mulvahill’s transition from hotshot sideman to compelling frontman.

http://www.scottmulvahill.com/about#bio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-xco7k_mS0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELgL5GOASw0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1dubb0nPD4

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Terri Binion opens the show for Scott Mulvahill.

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/

Jack Graham and the Gazing Sphere Band

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

Guitarist Jack Graham plays Finger-style solos from the favorite parts of his life, mixed in with songs that have special meaning to him and a couple of stories.

His history is a mix of 60's and 70's teenage band experiences, Classical Guitar Study and lots of backyards and firesides. He has been performing music and acting with Living Room Theater in 150+ Central Florida Living Rooms and many times right here at the Blue Bamboo. He has also performed at Orlando Cringe, Orlando Story Club and PechaKucha, as well as some short films.

For this special evening, Jack is joined by musicians Larry Hendrixson (drums), Chuck Archard (bass), Ed Krout (keys), and Chris Cortez (guitar), playing special arrangements of some of Jack's favorite songs.

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Aleksandra Vargas and Sergei Kossenko

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

Classical pianist and composer Sergei Kossenko returns to Blue Bamboo with operatic Soprano Aleksandra Vargas. Aleksandra and Sergei will take you on a journey through the golden age of opera featuring some of your favorite operatic selections. This retrospective will be narrated through anecdotes and interesting stories about the operas themselves. Visually accompanied by Aleksandra Vargas’ own original illustrations and posters from the time, it will be a fun and insightful romp through a time when opera was at its zenith.

Aleksandra is a graduate of the Juilliard school Pre-college division, received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master’s degree in Music from Florida State University. Aleksandra has performed with the Orlando Opera company and St. Petersburg Opera, and has been a featured soloist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Lakeland in Season of Magic and the Orlando Philharmonic. In 2016 Aleksandra was the winner of Russian Grand Voice Miami.

Sergei composed incidental music for a Russian national radio network show and worked as an arranger for various Moscow orchestras. Sergei also toured extensively in Russia and Eastern Europe performing classical works, as well as his own compositions. Since 2005 Sergei has concentrated on performing, composing, producing, and teaching in Central Florida. Sergei performs regularly with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and at Walt Disney World, University Club of Winter Park, as well as in many local live music venues and special events as a jazz/pop musician.

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Blues Beatles

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.youtube.com/watch?v=rl43Jn0bVqk&list=RDEMGCl59-TatSU2A-0yhzc0fw&start_radio=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01T1tIvYkwQ

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

Baroque Chamber Orchestra

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

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Maitland returns to the Bamboo!

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra brings string players from the Maitland Symphony Orchestra together to put the best works of the Baroque period on today's stage. The Orchestra is the newest musical group of Performing Arts Matters.

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Important!  If you have received free tickets from one of our representatives, please call 407-636-9951 to reserve your seat.  We may not be able to guarantee your seat without a reservation.


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.