1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park, Florida  Phone: 407-636-9951

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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 Brads on guitar and Jeff Green on acoustic bass.


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

Lenore Raphael/Doug MacDonald Quartet

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

Lenore Raphael - piano, Doug MacDonald - guitar, Charlie Silva - bass and Walt Hubbard - drums

Lenore Raphael is an internationally renowned Jazz pianist, Steinway artist, radio host and jazz teacher and has been critically acclaimed as one of the best pianists in the jazz mainstream today.

Critics, jazz hosts and jazz lovers all agree that Lenore is one of the most SWINGING mainstream pianists today. Influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Bill Evans, she has taken these influences and created her own recognizable sound.


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Danny Bacher

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

Danny Bacher is a fresh new face on the jazz landscape. His clean, crisp delivery is reminiscent of the true greats in entertainment. An engaging stage presence, a smooth-as-silk voice, and the gift of a storyteller all come together to complete this package. Add to that his saxophone prowess and you have one of the hottest musicians on the scene today.

His multi-faceted life experience includes work as an actor, writer and comedian (he is a proud member of the New York Friars Club). He has been a fixture on the New York stage and has toured internationally with his original works.

Having honed his chops in the jazz capital of the world, Bacher exudes the emotion of a seasoned veteran performer, mixed with his own youthful vigor and bounce. From his catchy, toe-tappin’ renditions of rare gems to the classic takes on the Great American Songbook, Bacher is always at home on the stage and presents his case with elegance, style and class.


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Chuchito Valdes Trio

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

Chuchito Valdés, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba.

With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives excitement with his dynamic band.

Chuchito has recorded and performed piano with the world renown Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for 2 years. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe.

Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. He has also extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition. His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques. In his performances, Chuchito’s music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno and much more. Chuchito Valdés currently resides in Cancun, Mexico and is a frequent performer in the United State and Canada.




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John DePaola Quintet Presents A Salute to the 70s!

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

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 various venues in central and southern Florida.

"A fantastic Jazz musician. His trumpet playing is simply superb." Rick Gee, Owner "Gee's Jazz Jamm Inc."

"We always love to have John come to us - his performances are awesome." Walter Griffith, "Jazz Lovers" and "More Jazz" Clubs

"John and his musicians are to put it mildly, "OUTSTANDING!" Dave Walrath, President of the Sarasota Jazz Club

Joining John are: Dave Mackenzie on saxophone, Charlie Silva on bass, Walt Hubbard on drums. Bob Thornton on piano, and special guest Steve Luciano on guitar.

Featuring music from the 1970s, including artists like Chuck Mangione, George Benson, Spyro Gyra, Quincy Jones, Grover Washington and lots more!




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Thursday Night Hang! Steve Luciano Quartet

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

Free admission!

Guitarist, teacher, and author, Steve Luciano leads his swinging band featuring Larry Hendrixson on drums, Ron Mills on organ, and Alain Bradette on saxophone!

Steve Luciano has performed with many jazz musicians including, Charles Erland, George Morrow, Joe Morello, Danny Gottlieb and Adam Nussbaum. He has also performed with Donald O’Conner, Robert Goulet, Regis & Kathy Lee, Michael Feinstein, Billy Preston, Pebo Bryson and Brian McKnight.

Steve has participated in the television program “ Jazz Here and Now” for WCEU Public Television in Daytona Beach Florida, with one of his original compositions being aired. He has also been part of the pit orchestra for “The Broadway Series” at the Bob Carr performing arts center in Orlando, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.



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

Judy Platt Jazz

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

A night of jazz with Judy Platt on vocals; Greg Parnell on drums; Chuck Archard on bass and Ed Krout on piano.

Judy Platt was born in Florida and grew up listening to the great American songbook and southern gospel. She says,"My parents turned on the radio every morning and I heard it all day. I started singing in the choir as soon as they'd let me and sang my first solo at age 6." She started performing professionally at age 18 and has been at it ever since. "I had the most wonderful job at Walt Disney World in Florida for 13 years! I got to sing, dance and act in everything and travel the world!" In 1995 she moved to California with her husband Bill. For 5 years she was a guest vocalist at the Pori Jazz Festival in Pori, Finland where she had the honor of performing with some of the greats - James Moody, Mercer Ellington, Marion Petrescu, Onder Focan, to name a few. Her favs here in CA are Jeff Colella, Chris Colangelo, Gabe Davis and Bruce Forman.

Outside of music Judy is a passionate, tree hugging recycler and lover of animals, especially cats.
She and Bill (yes, he loves them too) have 5: Rufus, Sassafras, Priscilla, Rusty & Thelonious - The Platt Jazz Cats!


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Martin Bejerano Cuban American Trio

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

Martin Bejerano - piano; Edward Perez - bass; and Ludwig Afonso - drums

MARTIN BEJERANO, a native of Miami, Florida, has been active as a professional musician since the age of fifteen, when he began his performance career playing George Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" concerto with the Mexican-American Bi-National Symphony while still in high school. A graduate of the esteemed New World School of the Arts, he received a full scholarship to attend Florida State University, where he studied classical piano with Leonidas Lipovetsky, and jazz piano, composition, and arranging with Bill Peterson, whom he cites as one of his most important influences. He then went on to receive a Master’s degree from the University of Miami, also under full scholarship. During this time, Martin won third place in the nation in the prestigious 1999 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and was chosen to attend the famed Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Colony.

In the summer of 2000, Bejerano decided a move to New York City was in order to further develop his career. The move turned out to be a good one, and, in less than a year, he was asked to join the quartet of legendary jazz drummer and Grammy award-winning artist Roy Haynes. In 2004, their recording "Fountain of Youth" was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album--Martin’s first recording on a major label. In January 2002, Martin also joined internationally acclaimed guitarist Russell Malone’s quartet, touring and recording with the group for over eight years, while continuing to tour with the Roy Haynes Quartet to this day.

Employing a serious technical command of the piano, a highly modern harmonic and rhythmic concept, and a commitment to lyricism and musicality, Martin has continually garnered critical praise across the world. Having performed with the likes of the Christian McBride Band, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Ignacio Berroa, Lonnie Plaxico, Bryan Lynch, Adam Nussbaum, Roy Hargrove, Arturo Sandoval, Mingus Big Band, Marcus Strickland, E.J. Strickland, John Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Rick Margitza, Don Braden, Jonathan Joseph, Armando Gola, Jimmy Greene, Vivian Sessoms, Jackie Ryan, Lauren Kinhan, Kevin Mahagony, and even traded choruses with the legendary Chick Corea, one can easily gain a sense of Bejerano’s formidable talent on the keyboard. Martin has performed at nearly all of the major jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls around the world, performed on the David Letterman Show, and is proud to have toured with “Jazz Reach”, a non-profit organization that presents multimedia concerts for school children across the country, educating them on the history of jazz music as an American art form.

Martin's career as a solo artist, band leader and composer has blossomed with recent performances at Symphony Space, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Jazz Gallery, El Hatillo Jazz Festival, Barquisimeto Jazz Festival, and Festival Miami, as well as his trio being featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated show “Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater”. Martin’s debut CD Evolution/Revolution was released in May 2007 to high critical praise reaching nine on the Jazz Week Chart, which lists the top 50 jazz albums based on airplay. His recent release,Trio Miami, was chosen as Downbeat Magazine’s “Editor’s choice” for 2016, reaching the top 25 in the Jazz Week airplay charts. An award winning composer as well, Martin is a two-time winner of the prestigious "New Jazz Works" composition and ensemble development grant by Chamber Music America in 2010 and 2017, as well as the “Bacardi Choice” commission by the Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation and Bacardi, Int. in 2013. His commissioned composition, “Fantasia de Tres Mundos" for 2 Pianos” was premiered in April, 2014 at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, and has since been performed numerous times internationally and recorded by award winning piano duo Stephanie and Saar.



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Orlando Jazz Orchestra - "The Magic of Mancini"

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

"The Magic of Mancini" - The Orlando Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Henry Mancini!

Henry Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, best remembered for his film and television scores. He won a record number of Grammy Awards (20), including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1995. His best-known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series ("The Pink Panther Theme"), the Peter Gunn Theme from the television series, and back- to-back Academy Awards for the songs "Moon River" from the Blake Edwards film Breakfast at Tiffany's and "Days of Wine and Roses" from the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses.

The program will include many recognizable songs from TV shows and Film as well as arrangements from the libraries of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Tex Beneke and others. This is a rare opportunity to hear these great melodies from one of America's greatest composers.

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.




Jump, Jive & Wail - The Music of Louis Prima

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

Developed by Victoria Reed and Tom Hook for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, this blockbuster review of the music of New Orleans' native son, Louis Prima, won the award for Best Original Production at the 2013 Big Easy Awards. Playing to sold out audiences in multiple runs at the Stage Door Canteen located at the National World War II Museum, this show has been heralded by media and fans alike.

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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


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

Cortez, Archard, and Law

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

Chris Cortez - guitar and vocals; Chuck Archard - bass; Gerald Law - drums.

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 Gerald Law graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Jazz Studies from Florida State University. His grasp of harmony and melody gained from years as a cellist has given him a sense of musicality that became his mark as a drummer.

Gerald’s versatile style of drumming paired with his energetic expressions make him a truly unique asset to any group.







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Vivacity Presents: The Great American Songbook and more!

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

Vivacity presents The Great American Songbook with special guest vocalist Suzy Park!

Featuring xylophonist Heather Thorn and the Vivacity Quintet, with Jeff Phillips on piano AND foot pedal bass playing classic jazz and jazzed up classics, with a couple surprises as well!

Visit www.vivacitymusic.com and @VivacityMusic for more information.

The Blue Eyed Bettys

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

With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their folky-bluegrass sound. But what always seems to grab audiences immediately are their powerful vocals in three part harmony. Playing a mix of originals and covers, they put their own Betty twist on songs by a diverse array of artists such The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, Fiona Apple, and Simon & Garfunkel.

All actors by trade, The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a new play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. They have played venues and festivals throughout the U.S., including Lincoln Center NYC and the Ocrafolk Festival.

"The Blue Eyed Bettys are easily the most exciting Americana act to hit Sarasota in the past year.... Their sweet harmonies drive smart originals and judiciously chosen covers." - Wade Tatangelo, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"The Blue Eyed Bettys lit up the stage... with a mix of tunes that was part traditional and mostly innovative. And it was damn good." - Doug Thompson, Blue Ridge Muse

Here are some links to videos: Free https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEhp-A_PUaE

Kentucky Banshee https://youtu.be/ZJpbx6Y58wI

Crayola https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CTMJtPCmQw

Why Don't We https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAQhMdhaKAI

Looney Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERKHVUFY5zE







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Scott Dickinson Trio

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

Scott Dickinson - trumpet; Bobby Koelble - guitar and Ben Kramer - bass.

Trumpeter/composer/vocalist, Scott Dickinson, has won or placed in multiple performance, arrangement, and composition contests including the International Trumpet Guild, the National Trumpet Competition, Downbeat Student Music Awards, and the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest.

He’s performed with jazz greats such as Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon, Richie Cole, and Michael Feinstein, and is a member of the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra.

Professional and collegiate groups across the nation have played Scott’s arrangements, and he’s been commissioned to create music for jazz ensembles, choir, and orchestra.

The trio focuses on meticulous arrangements that highlight the groups’ intimate instrumentation. Songbook hits and jazz standards make up the bulk of the bands’ repertoire, but they also perform original compositions.



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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


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

Jack Williams

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

The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 59-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit - "...one of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered", said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is considered a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”

Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry, Jack prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing. Playing for more than 50 house concerts each year, Jack enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners. Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.

Jack frequently shares his musical knowledge with others. In addition to leading numerous workshops as he tours the country, he has been on the staff of The Swannanoa Gathering in NC, Lamb's Songwriter Retreat in MI, The Folk Project in NJ, WUMB's Summer Acoustic Music Week in NH, and co-hosts a semi-annual Music Workshop Weekend near his home in the Ozarks.

His songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Tom Jones and David Clayton-Thomas to Chuck Pyle, Cindy Mangsen, Ronny Cox and Lowen & Navarro. In addition to his solo career, as a guitarist he has accompanied such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Mickey Newbury and Harry Nilsson.

Kevin Oliver of NO DEPRESSION magazine described Jack’s music as “…a musical style that’s equal parts folk storytelling and Tin Pan Alley songcraft, delivered with the impassioned soul of an old blues singer.”

Friendships with two great singers had an enormous impact on Jack's career and on the development of his own singing voice. In 1973, his relationship with the late Harry Nilsson resulted in an album effort at RCA during an ill-fated period of music industry turmoil. Until 2002, he sometimes toured as sole accompanist to his friend, the late Mickey Newbury, with whom he co-wrote, co-produced, and recorded a live album and video, Nights When I Am Sane (reissued as Winter Winds).

Mickey Newbury said, "Jack and his music are an American treasure"

From 1958 through 1988, along with playing jazz (trumpet) and classical guitar, Jack was best known as an electric guitarist in a series of original rock bands and smaller acoustic ensembles. In the late 60's, he gave in to his troubadour nature and began performing solo - singing and playing a gut-string guitar and touring from coast to coast.

Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) called Jack "…the best guitar player I've ever heard…"



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Niki Om and Don Soledad Present the Music of Mercedes Sosa

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

Niki Om (voice) and Don Soledad (guitar) honor the life of the iconic Latin American folk singer, Mercedes Sosa. Known as “the voice of the voiceless”, Sosa rose to international acclaim in the 1960’s. Her music celebrates social justice and illuminates universal truths. Sosa’s prolific career spanned nearly four decades. Join us for a concert of selections which highlight her artistic genius.

Niki Om is a gifted vocalist drawing influence from Latin, Soul, Jazz, and Fusion styles. She is inspired by the likes of Mercedes Sosa, Nina Simone, Esperanza Spalding and Chick Corea. Niki’s mellifluous expression and eclectic taste deliver a passionate and sophisticated musical experience.

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Inspired by the genius of flamenco legend, Paco de Lucia, Don Soledad cultivated his sophisticated, soulful sounds in Northern California. Soledad studied with the great Spanish flamenco maestros Mariano de Cordobá and Diego del Gastor's protege, Agustin Ríos. Don continued his studies in Andalucía, Spain - the cradle of the art of flamenco guitar - with legendary guitarist Juan Diego Mateos. Don has recorded 2 original albums (Camino de Seda 2007, Soluna 2013) and a Christmas album (December Lullaby, 2014).


Niki Om - vocals; Don Soledad - guitar; Chuck Archard - bass and Ito Colon - percussion