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Previous events

Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Per Danielsson Group

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

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, writer and Associate Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Central Florida, Per Danielsson is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up with a jazz guitar-playing father, Per was exposed to the sounds of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans at an early age. After formal piano studies in Sweden, which included lessons with Robert Malmberg and world-renowned jazz pianist Bengt Hallberg, his love of jazz brought him across the ocean to attend the internationally acclaimed North Texas State University.

Per is an active performer, appearing often as a guest artist, soloist, clinician, and sideman. His career has included performances with many leading jazz artists and entertainers such as Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Rosemary Clooney, Don Braden, Lynn Seaton, Eric Alexander, Bobby Shew, Nick Brignola and Maureen McGovern. As the pianist for Chuck Owen’s innovative big band, The Jazz Surge, Per has recently performed and/or recorded with Slide Hampton, Gerald Wilson, Randy Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Adam Nussbaum, Frank Foster, Stephan Harris, Neena Freelon, Bill Holman, Karrin Allyson, Bob Brookmeyer, Ingrid Jensen, John Abercrombie and Danny Gottlieb. He has also performed with Swedish jazz legends Arne Domnerus and Jan Alan.


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

Flower Slam

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

Come see spoken word live! Watch poets craft the moment and bring their works to life as the words are lifted from the page onto the stage. Applaud and snap for those who inspire you, see what slam is all about. Experience poetry, be moved!

Special feature performances by veteran poets Dennis Amadeus and Chanel Gomaa! Dennis Amadeus is a nationally traveled spoken word artist, poetry slam champion, writer, teaching artist, and youth advocate. He is the co-founder of Ask Me To Do A Poem (askmetodoapoem.com), GrowHouse – a Tampa event production company dedicated to growing artists – and a member of the international poetry collective Black on Black Rhyme. Chanel Gomaa is a spoken word poet, director, choreographer and teacher. Her poetry is rooted in her culture, and is an attempt to connect and empathize with others.

Tonight's theme will be "flowers", all content related to love, mourning, transience, growth etc. Poets who wish to participate can email OrlandoPoetrySlam@gmail.com or sign up at the venue starting at 7pm. Winner of tonight's slam will receive $50!

$10 Admission Slamming poets get in free!

Richie Cole

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

Richie Cole on saxophone; Bob Thornton on piano; Charlie Silva on bass and Eddie Metz on drums.

Richie started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own “Alto Madness” style in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations. Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as gave a command performance for the Queen of England.

Cole has recorded over 50 albums and CDs, including his top hit album “Hollywood Madness” (1979 Muse Records) and his tribute album to Leonard Bernstein, “Richie Cole Plays West Side Story” (1997 Music Masters Jazz).

A prolific composer, Cole also finds time to arrange for full big bands, symphony orchestras and frequent performances at jazz festivals worldwide. Moreover, he enjoys sharing his love of music with younger generations and is active recording, touring and presenting university master classes.




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


This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

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.

Cowboys and Frenchmen

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

Cowboys & Frenchmen is a new take on instrumentation, composition, and orchestration for the jazz quintet. “The band makes a glorious sound – more like a larger ensemble at times – providing intriguing, innovative and sublime music,” [Mike Gates, UK Vibe]. The front line of two alto saxophones is the vehicle for reimagining the role of horns in a small group setting, charting new territory by exploring individuality within the same timbre.

The New York City-based quintet released its debut album Rodeo in 2015 on Outside In Music, which garnered terrific reviews and enjoyed top placement on radio charts. Their 2017 release, Bluer Than You Think, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Truesdell, and received a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

Cowboys & Frenchmen was a featured presenter at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. They performed at the D.C. Jazz Festival in 2016 as finalists in the inaugural D.C. JazzPrix Competition, and again in 2017 as a featured artist. They were also selected to perform at Umbria Jazz Festival’s 2017 Conad Jazz Contest, and were semi-finalists in the 2018 M-Prize.

Owen Broder, alto and bari saxophones; Ethan Helm, alto saxophone; Addison Frei, piano; Ethan O'Reilly, bass; Matt Honor, drums


John DePaola Quintet - Halloween Eve Show

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

The John DePaola Quintet presents an evening of Halloween Favorites with music arranged by David MacKenzie.

Bob Thornton - Piano; Charlie Silva - Bass; Walt Hubbard - Drums; David Mackenzie - Woodwinds; John DePaola - Trumpet & Flugelhorn

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.

"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




Artur Menezes

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

The fabulous guitarist for the Blues Beatles, Artur Menezes, is returning to Blue Bamboo with his own group!

Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist by the Blues Foundation and 3rd place at the International Blues Challenge 2018, Artur Menezes is an indie artist taking the blues rock scene by storm! As a highly energetic guitarist, singer and songwriter, Art impresses the crowds with his feeling and showmanship. Although very much influenced by blues, he crosses genres with psychedelic rock, funk and brazilian rhythms such as “baião”, creating his own voice and sound, which has been attracting younger audiences and helping to keep the blues alive.

Based in Los Angeles, the Brazilian artist is making his name playing around U.S., promoting his latest album “Keep Pushing” (4th album) and his new single / music video “Fight for Your Love”.

Read more about Artur and listen to his music here: https://www.arturmenezes.com



Photo credit: Allison Morgan

Violet Bell with Opening Act by William Hinson

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

WILLIAM HINSON is an indie folk-pop singer-songwriter who originally hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Citing The Beatles, John Mayer, Hall and Oates, and The 1975 as his biggest influences, William fuses catchy, relatable lyrics with feel-good compositions to create a sound that has landed him performance slots on radio, festivals, college campuses, and beloved regional venues such as The Ramkat, PULP in the Orange Peel, The Mothlight, The Grey Eagle, and Cat’s Cradle.

William’s music has garnered over 1 million streams on Spotify alone, and averages anywhere from 25,000 to 45,000 monthly listeners on the platform at any given time. Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 releases of his three-part EP series Elevator Music are available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming services.

In 2019, William will be releasing new music from a forthcoming project entitled Everything Will Be Okay. The first three singles Ireland, Help!, and Proximity are available now. https://www.williamhinson.com/

VIOLET BELL's original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic, and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.

Based out of Durham, the pair have played more than 300 shows in just over two years, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident in person and in videos of these live performances. The two share a mutual love of rock, hip-hop and R&B that, through what Ross calls “mixing medicines,” finds its way into their traditionally rooted music.

In addition to crafting their own tunes, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez are both involved in music education in the Durham area, providing youths with songwriting, instrumental and vocal instruction as well as teaching them about the realities of life for professional touring artists. Violet Bell has worked with KidzNotes, the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Fair, the Savannah Folk Music Society, and others to engage local communities of all ages in educational and inspiring performances and workshops.

Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as Americanafest, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, Campfire Festival, the Haw River Ballroom, Folk Alliance International, and many more.

See Violet Bell live on Woodsongs Radio Hour: https://youtu.be/S8WtWN0OxSM?t=1632

Website -http://www.lizzy.net

Hurricane Snacks

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

The band that changes it's name every time they play. Serious band. Silly name. Say goodbye to Alternative Facts and say hello to Hurricane Snacks!

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar & vocals; Ed Krout on piano; Chuck Archard on bass; Alain Bradette on sax and Paul Parker on drums.

Robbin The Bank

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

Robbin the Bank features high voltage hammered dulcimer player Robyn Rogers accompanied by upright bass, guitar/banjo and fiddle. Together the quartet brings traditional instruments pushing the envelope in musical styles and entertainment. The band specializes in progressive Celtic, classical, swing, show tunes and classic rock.

Stand-up bass by Todd Maynard, plus uniquely arranged banjo and guitar work by Wayne Rogers, utilizing alternate tunings and percussive claw hammer techniques.

Violin/fiddle is delightfully inserted by Brevard’s acclaimed fiddle instructor, Kricket Moros.

Robbin the Bank has won first place in Buskerfest 2017 and performs at national festival performances and parties, both public and private.

Join us for an afternoon of musical fascination!




Gretchen Peters

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

Gretchen Peters is an American singer and songwriter. She was born in New York and raised in Boulder, Colorado, but moved to Nashville in the late 1980's. She found work as a songwriter, composing hits for Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray, Shania Twain, Neil Diamond and co-writing songs with Bryan Adams.

In addition, Peters has released seven studio albums of her own. The title track of her 1996 debut album The Secret of Life was later recorded by Faith Hill in 1999.

There’s a bittersweet beauty to the passing of time — the changes it brings are just as often heartbreaking as they are heartwarming. The inevitable tension that arises from that sway is Gretchen Peters’ most trusted muse. “The years go by like days. Sometimes the days go by like years. And I don’t know which one I hate the most,” she sings in “Arguing with Ghosts,” the hauntingly wistful opening cut on her new album, Dancing with the Beast.

Between the melody and the melancholy, the song sets the tone for all that is to come after and lifts the album over the high artistic bar set by her last outing, 2015’s award-winning Blackbirds.

Artist Quotes: Gretchen Peters is a songwriters writer - the kind of inspiring artist and writer we strive to be like and one we use as a measuring stick for our own work. -Brandy Clark

Beautiful, brave and poetic, "The Matador" literally inspires me to tears. Hand over my heart. Rodney Crowell

This is seasoned writing - full of a woman' s heart and soul - and short stories brought into song length. Full of beauty and real life from a grand voice... beautiful. -Darrell Scott

The songs are timeless and true, and her mastery of melody and language is profound. It's an amazing and beautiful work of art, and people need to hear it. -Mary Gauthier


Orlando Jazz Orchestra

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

The Architects of the Swing Era - The Music of Ellington, Lunceford, Henderson, Webb and more. This program focuses on music from the 1930's that shaped the Swing Era. This is a great opportunity to hear some very important music that is often over shadowed by the big hits from the Swing Era.

The Orlando Jazz Orchestra customizes their performance to include authentic selections from the libraries of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, and other such luminaries of the big band era.

Musical director, Greg Parnell, is the former road manager and drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Les Brown’s Band of Renown, Nelson Riddle Orchestra as well as many other bands. Greg takes what he has learned from performing with these groups and applies it to produce these musical tributes in an authentic and respectful manner. The orchestra is made up of the best jazz musicians in Central Florida.


Thursday Night Hang! Steve Luciano Trio

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

Free admission!

Steve Luciano leads his swinging trio with Ron Mills on organ and Larry Hendrixson on drums!

Guitarist and educator, 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.

Steve also wrote a jazz guitar method book for Alfred publishing entitled “Jazz Sounds for Guitar."



Julian Bond - Dutch Treat, a Night In New Orleans

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

Julian Bond - Dutch Treat, a Night In New Orleans

Kid Dutch & Julian Bond get in each other's faces as they expand your musical knowledge of the Crescent City and reminisce about things which may or may not have happened in New Orleans. Dru Betts aids and abets on drums.

Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Lisanne Lyons

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

Lisanne’s career began immediately following high school as the featured vocalist for three Air Force bands. She has been featured with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Roanoke Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, XL Big Band in Sweden, Nantes Big Band, Los Alas Studio Orchestra, and various bands and orchestras across the country. She has produced two solo CD’s and two CD’s as lead soprano in the DC-based Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, with whom she performed at major jazz festivals across the country and abroad. Following her Master’s degree she joined the national touring company of “City of Angels.” With numerous performing, recording, and back up singing credits, she was also the featured performer with Joel Grey on the NBC Orange Bowl half-time show. She also performs with “Mad Romance”, a four-voice a capella group. Lisanne is the recipient of several DownBeat awards as a jazz vocal soloist, jazz vocal choir director, and most recently as a jazz arranger. She is in demand as a performer, arranger, adjudicator and clinician.



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