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


New Program!  Community TicketsPlease 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.


Thursday Night Hang: Eddie Marshall Trio

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

Free admission!

A night of jazz with the Eddie Marshall Trio.

Well known to the Orlando scene, the Eddie Marshall Trio have been playing together for over 15 years. The trio consists of Eddie Marshall on sax & flute; Terry Bradds on guitar and Jeff Green on acoustic bass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HtxB17jYZg

Funding for this event provided by the City of Winter Park.

Resonant Rogues w/opening act Beth McKee

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

The Resonant Rogues, based out of Asheville, NC, is the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith. With influences that include Appalachian old-time, Balkan folk music, Swing Manouche, and early New Orleans Jazz, they take their favorite flavors and blend them into a delicious, danceable dish.

“Their intense cohesion is so intertwined that it feels like they’re playing with one pair of hands. Harmonies seem to pour from one set of lungs.... Onstage, the fluency they wield for their craft (or, I should say “crafts”) is impressive, in that understated kind of “come close and listen up,” kind of way.” -Kim Ruehl, No Depression

https://theresonantrogues.com/epk/

Orlando's favorite, Beth McKee will open the show with a solo set.

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The Conglomerate

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

The Orlando based jazz-funk-R&B fusion ensemble returns to the Bamboo!

The group originated the Conglomerate Performance Series, a recurring concert series, that served as the debut for the collective, and drew a definitive line in the metaphoric sand separating them from the pack.

The Conglomerate comprises musicians and producers who have created and contributed to works by LaRue Howard, Hananeel, Jazmin Ghent; performed with Tye Tribbett, Haley Reinhart (American Idol), The American Gospel Choir, Sisaundra Lewis (The Voice) and Disney ensembles.

The band moves as a cohesive unit of old souls performing original music or standards with vivid passion and pure organic leanings that harken back to a time past.

https://youtu.be/7Ymp3pgUEfM

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Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra led by Jeff Rupert

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

FSYO's new Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Rupert, is a 17-20 piece ensemble that focuses on the study of big band jazz music. Students learn the theory behind jazz composition and improvisation and have the opportunity to do sectional work with some of the area's top jazz musicians. The Jazz Orchestra is comprised of students ages 13 to 20.

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Bobby Koelble Band

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

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.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1859054557444065/

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

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Thursday 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.

Joining Marco are John Krasula on guitar; Carl Hamilton on drums; Jeremy Fratti on saxophone; and Joe Young IV on trumpet.

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

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

Funding for this event provided by the City of Winter Park.

Gabrielle Stravelli

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

Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her rich sound, original compositions and her unique take on material from the Great American Songbook as well as by contemporary artists as varied as Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and John Fogerty. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by David Finkle of The Village Voice.

Most recently, Gabrielle toured Southeast Asia as a United States Department of State “Jazz Ambassador”, headlined the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival and released her third album, "Dream Ago" comprised primarily of original material co-written with bassist Pat O'Leary and lyricist Jason Robinson. The album received a five-star review from DownBeat Magazine and garnered raves from the Huffington Post, Scott Yanow of LA Jazz Scene and Tony Frankel of LA's Stage and Cinema among others. Gabrielle and her trio toured the album in major venues in New Jersey, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Three Oaks, MI, Akron, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and the greater Washington DC-area in addition to touring in Italy and Norway.

Gabrielle holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has studied with acclaimed jazz vocalists Nancy Marano and Marion Cowings and pianist David Berkman.

http://www.gabriellestravelli.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/littleGS31

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Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield - Reckless Saints w/opening act by Terri Binion

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

Schneider & Mayfield are excited to release their long-anticipated first official Duo album, Reckless Saints.

Troubadour and formerly syndicated cartoonist Roy Schneider has developed a devoted fan base for his particular flavor of Americana music since 2008, through international radio airplay and consistent touring with life-and-stage partner Kim Mayfield.

Playfully dubbed “Blue-Twangled Folk ‘n’ Roll” in a 2014 No Depression interview, Schneider & Mayfield have brought their musical blend of the gritty, fun, soulful and sweet to delighted audiences across the USA and abroad, exploring and expanding their musical horizons with every performance.

From ballads and dirges to grooves and hollerin’ rockers, from intimate concerts and clubs to festival stages, this multitalented duo clocks up thousands of miles annually from their home base in Fort Myers, Florida, toting an ever-evolving array of instruments wherever they are needed. With Schneider on guitar (or dobro, mandolin or banjo), harmonica, kick drum and vocals, Mayfield on mandolin (or guitar, ukulele or percussion) and vocals, their sound does not suffer for lack of bandmates.

Schneider’s early and current works can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, etc. in addition to public and college radio stations everywhere.

http://www.recklesssaints.com/index.html

http://www.recklesssaints.com/videos.html

Opening act Terri Binion! 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/

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Orlando Jazz Orchestra - A Tribute to Woody Herman

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

The Orlando Jazz Orchestra performs the music of Woody Herman. The program will include music from Herman's very long career, including Woodchopper's Ball, Caldonia, Early Autumn, Four Brothers, Opus De Funk and many others. This is sure to be an exciting show.

Leading a group called "The Herd," and sometimes billed as "The Band That Plays The Blues," Woody Herman was one of the most popular bandleaders of the 1930s and '40s.

The First Herd's lively, swinging arrangements combined bop themes with swing rhythm parts. Despite being his only financially successful band, Herman was forced to disband the orchestra in 1946 at the height of its success. In 1947, Herman organized the Second Herd also known as "The Four Brothers Band." Although a tremendous musical success, the 2nd Herd was a financial disaster and was disbanded in 1949. Herman's other bands include the Third Herd (1950–1956) and various editions of the New Thundering Herd (1959–1987). His band's book in the late '60s and '70s came to be heavily influenced by rock and Jazz Fusion.

Herman continued to perform into the '80s, after the death of his wife and his health declining, chiefly to pay back taxes caused by an incompetent manager in the '60s. In 1987 Woody Herman received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Orlando Jazz Orchestra's Music 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

Richard Drexler

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

This is the second of a series of four solo piano dates featuring Richard Drexler at the Blue Bamboo in 2019. Richard plans to play one composition by each of a list of his favorite pianists - Richie Beirach, Alan Broadbent, Billy Childs, Chick Corea, Bill Cunliffe, Wolfgang Dauner, Garry Dial, Bill Evans, Manfredo Fest, Clare Fischer, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, Hampton Hawes, Eddie Haywood, Fred Hersch, Keith Jarrett, Bill Mays, Thelonious Monk, Duke Pearson, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Ralph Towner, McCoy Tyner, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, Larry Willis and whoever else there's time for.

Richard Drexler is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer/arranger from Bloomington-Normal, IL. He has lived in central Florida since 1985.

After eleven years at the University of Central Florida and four years at Valencia College as an adjunct on their Jazz Studies faculties, he has moved into a full-time similar role at UCF (which also awarded him their first masters degree in music composition).

He has played on around 200 recordings; played piano in the Woody Herman Orchestra for over twenty years; was the bassist in trios of Kenny Drew Jr., Dick Hyman and others.

Richard's live duo recording with UCF Director of Jazz Studies, Jeff Rupert, placed high on all the national jazz radio tracking charts for most of 2017.

His main traveling gig for 16 years has been with electric bassist Jeff Berlin, with whom Richard plays both piano and acoustic bass. He has subbed with eleven Florida orchestras on seven instruments, plus in groups as diverse as Cheap Trick, Little Anthony & the Imperials and Saigon Kick; singers he has worked with include Mose Allison, Karrin Allyson, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone, Dena DeRose, Donovan, Bob Dorough, Connie Francis, Amy Grant, Al Jarreau, Frankie Laine, Idina Menzel, Mark Murphy, Freda Payne, Bernadette Peters, Mel Torme’ and Roseanna Vitro.

Richard assisted Peruvian guitarist/composer/producer Richie Zellon on much of the Songosaurus label catalog, fusing jazz and South American rhythms, with Alex Acuña, Gato Barbieri, Jerry Bergonzi, Paquito d’Rivera, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi and others. His playing has been favorably reviewed in Down Beat, Jazz Improv, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and in dozens of online publications. Richard is one of just over a hundred players profiled in The New Face of Jazz, a Billboard (Random House) book by Cicily Janus with forewords by jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller and Sonny Rollins, and has played with 40 of the other featured players.

“I have heard the future of Jazz, and it is Richard Drexler.” – Eric Addeo, Joel Chriss and Co., Jazz Times Magazine, 2004.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COFK1y75MRY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhoV1ZZ9ZsM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0k2uQSxmA0

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Thursday Night Hang: Dave Sheffield Trio

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

Free admission!

The trio has been performing together for almost 30 years, and the group is 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 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

Funding for this event provided by the City of Winter Park.

Cortez, Clermont & Archard

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

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris Cortez 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.

The always joyful Chuck Archard is an accomplished bassist, composer and educator. His original works have been played on all of the major television networks as well as HBO, STARZ, SHOWTIME, and thirty international markets. His music has been used in numerous motion pictures including, Career Girls, Substance Of Fire and Santa, Jr. He is the author of two of the best selling bass instruction books, "Building Bass Lines" and "No Brainer Bass" published by Alfred, Inc. and has had two articles published in Bass Player Magazine. Chuck is an in demand studio musician playing on more than one hundred CDs, national television commercials and is the bassist for Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard educational publications. He has performed and recorded with many artists including, Isaac Hayes, Larry Coryell, Peter Erskine, Danny Gottlieb, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, Al Vizzuti, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves and Gene Bertoncini and has performed on network and international television shows.

Drummer extraordinaire, Marc Clermont, is also a vocalist, solo performer, guitarist, percussionist and CEO of Airtight Music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3-weXQ_6s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDYjbXg_D8Y

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1772161886133333/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UI0n-OWkuc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHGBidlInE4

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

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Ashley Pezzotti Quintet: “We’ve Only Just Begun” CD Release Show

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

Vocalist, Ashley Pezzotti's first straight-ahead jazz album "We've Only Just Begun" features an array of original compositions inspired by the Great American Songbook. Her compositions are unique stories that draw from her own personal experiences, and those of people dear to her. Ashley also showcases her superb ability to tell a story through some of the great jazz standards featured on the album.

Performing with Ashley are Matt Wigler on piano, Alex Weitz on tenor sax, Ben Kramer on bass and Gibb Mandish on drums.

More about Ashley: Capturing the heart of audiences with her extensive repertoire in traditional jazz and bebop, Ashley creates an atmosphere of excitement that will transport you to another place and time. Her style is reminiscent of the great Anita O'Day and June Christy, and she performs with a level of maturity that is far beyond her years. At only 23 years old, Ashley has already performed with many Grammy award winning artists including Dave Holland, country music star Keith Urban, Internationally renowned singer Juanes, Jon Secada, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Arturo Sandoval.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMABFlEs954

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_NLtKYq5E4

www.ashleypezzotti.com

The Buzzcatz Mother’s Day Concert 3:00 p.m. Show

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

Returning to The Blue Bamboo for the first time since their sold out concert here in January, long-time local favorites, The Buzzcatz, are known for their musical diversity. Frontman Ricky Sylvia and his all-star lineup of musicians cover everything from Sinatra & Swing to Blues, Soul, Classic Rock, and 70’s AM radio classics; all wrapped in a style that's uniquely The Buzzcatz. In this special Mother’s Day show for the whole family, “the band only a mother could love," will feature lots of Mom’s favorites and have you singing along with hits from the 50’s-80’s along with a few of The Buzzcatz’ own brand of originals.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

The Buzzcatz Mother’s Day Concert 7:00 p.m. Show

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

Returning to The Blue Bamboo for the first time since their sold out concert here in January, long-time local favorites, The Buzzcatz, are known for their musical diversity. Frontman Ricky Sylvia and his all-star lineup of musicians cover everything from Sinatra & Swing to Blues, Soul, Classic Rock, and 70’s AM radio classics; all wrapped in a style that's uniquely The Buzzcatz. In this special Mother’s Day show for the whole family, “the band only a mother could love," will feature lots of Mom’s favorites and have you singing along with hits from the 50’s-80’s along with a few of The Buzzcatz’ own brand of originals.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

Carol Stein: The Piano Lady!

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

Carol Stein is an acclaimed pianist, entertainer, vocalist, composer: performing a variety of musical genres from jazz to classical or musicals and cabarets to pub songs. Throughout her career, she has lived, performed and traveled around the globe from Switzerland to Hong Kong to New York and in between. Carol has been the guest solo artist with various orchestras and has been a musician for the Walt Disney company for over 28 years. She is the resident musician at the Rose and Crown Pub at the UK Pavilion in EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Carol enjoys composing and spontaneous arranging of pieces during a live performance. She may take a child's melody and turn it "inside-out" in the style of Mozart, and then into a bossa nova, and end up with a Duke Ellington swing.

Come join Carol for an elegant and entertaining evening of music!

More about Carol here: http://carolstein.com/

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Blues Beatles - 7:30 p.m. Show

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.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/722684437912752/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/735044913343371/

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

Blues Beatles - 10:00 p.m. Show

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.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/722684437912752/

https://www.facebook.com/bluesbeatles/videos/735044913343371/

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

Brad Bietry Quartet

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

Featuring Brad Bietry on piano; Walt Hubbard on drums; Tom Dietz on saxophone and Charlie Silva on bass.

Brad Bietry is a touring jazz pianist/composer/producer/songwriter, currently based in Nashville, TN. Brad studied at Berklee College Music for his undergraduate degree. He studied jazz piano, composition and arranging at Denver University.

Brad toured internationally with well-known Praise & Worship leader, Ron Kenoly, as his Musical Director/Keyboardist/Arranger. In 2003, Brad won an audition to join the USAF Academy Band in Colorado Springs as the pianist for The Falconaires Jazz Ensemble performing all over the US. He has performed with Joe Walsh, New York Voices, Kevin Mahogany, James Moody, John Fedchock, Brad Leali, Mike Davis from the Rolling Stones, and many others. He has extensive recording experience with the USAF, and under his own name.

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