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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.

Joel Fan Piano Recital

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

Free admission!

The NY Times calls Joel Fan an "impressive pianist" who possesses "a probing intellect and vivid imagination."

Joel has appeared with the NY Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, with Yo-Yo Ma and as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble.

A brilliant recitalist, Joel Fan performs with effortless virtuosity and a gift for lyricism, consistently praised for his technical expertise and insightful explorations of classical and contemporary literature. He's also celebrated for creating unique concert experiences that appeal to wide ranging audiences, often illuminating the rare and unexpected beauty of music from cultures around the world. His recordings have earned Grammy nominations and topped the Billboard charts, and feature numerous world premieres and works written for him.

NPR has commented that Joel Fan is "using music as a way of connecting humanity... one note at a time."



Leprechaun Napkins

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

Leprechaun Napkins are a 4-man, “feather-power” quartet from the lost island of Caspiar. They specialize in Casparian folk music from the 4th century, but sadly there is no such thing, so they wander around the country sleeping on the couches of friends. Coincidentally, “Couches of Friends” is the name of their new CD, which the New York Times called, “a 2019 release.”

Latka, the group’s leader was driving a Taxi in New York when he met Simka and Alex. When their attorney Louie, advised them to stop pretending to be characters from an old sitcom, they were forced to form an act. Very quickly they found a gig playing at the Wendy’s on 17-92. They made quite an impression! Several people seemed to be listening until the manager told them to buy something or leave.

Since then, “Couches of Friends” has almost been heard on several radio stations, and was almost reviewed, but the guy never called back.

A fan was quoted as saying “Buy a ticket or I will come to your house and show you my weird toe.”

WARNING - this band may change it's name frequently! Featuring - Chris Cortez, Chris Clarke, Chuck Archard, and Paul Parker.

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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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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!

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."



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

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 the Performing Arts of Maitland.

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The Special Consensus

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

Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Special C has appeared in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984.

Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music. He was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Other band members include guitarist Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks, and Nick Dumas, mandolin.

The band’s 2012 release, Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver, received two major IBMA awards in 2014: Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for Thank God I’m A Country Boy and Recorded Event of the Year for Wild Montana Skies.

Special C’s 18th recording, Long I Ride, was nominated by the IBMA in 2016 for three awards and was awarded Instrumental Recorded Event of the Year for Fireball.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, received five 2018 IBMA nominations and was honored to be awarded Album of the Year. The single Squirrel Hunters was named Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

Special Consensus records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 44th anniversary in 2019.


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Violet Bell

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

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

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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.

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

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

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio that masterfully blends the traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), have swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since the inception of the Bloc in early 2009. They maintain a firm focus on the traditions of their home while developing a sound that has been described as “meaningful”, ”intense” and “invigorating”. Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs & bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles. 2016 sees the release of their eagerly awaited second album, “Deliverance”, following their eponymous debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.

“Seldom before can three fiddlers have sounded so well matched as the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. And seldom before can three fiddles have sounded so much like four and at times five instruments without using electronic trickery.” – The Herald


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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 are 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.


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Johny Carlsson and The Megabones

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

PAT GULLOTTA – Trombone - Pat plays his trombone in a wide variety of styles via studio recordings, concerts, conventions and show productions. He has performed with several well-known artists including Natalie Cole, Don Henley, Wayne Newton, and many more. Pat is featured soloist for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and has appeared at many blues and jazz festivals around the U.S. and Europe. Currently Pat is performing with The BB King All Stars, Pat’s intensity and signature sound is truly one of a kind.

RICK ABBOTT - Trombone - Rick attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a Music Theory and Composition major. He was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony from 1977 - 1982 and with the DuPont World’s Fair Band in 1983. In 1984 Rick moved to Jacksonville, FL and performed with the Jack Heard Big Band as well as with his own jazz quartet from 1984 to 1986. He was a full time musician at Disney World from 1986 to 2010. Rick has performed with Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and many more. He's been a Broadway show musician for many years in the Orlando and Tampa areas and currently works with the band "Rocky & The Rollers.”

HAROLD “H” JOHNSON - Trombone - “H” has a BA from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Music Education from the Metropolitan State College. From 1972 until 1981, when he joined Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, “H” had worked, first as Principal Trombone in the Community Arts Symphony, Denver, CO as well as in Dixieland bands in NYC and in FL and on cruises. With Disney he has worked in a variety of venues from The Walt Disney World Band (Leader/Asst. Conductor) to Director of Entertainment of the Church Street Station, as well as, leader and front man for the Rosie O’Grady’s Goodtime Jazz Band. “H” is presently a longstanding member and leader of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.

COREY PAUL – Trombone - Corey has a Jazz Studies degree from the University of Central Florida and is currently making his living as a musician at Disney World, with the Dr Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, and freelancing all over the state. Corey's performed with many famous talents such as Ariana Grande and Seal during his time in Orlando.

WILL NESTLER – Bass Trombone - Will Nestler, a native of Lake Wales, FL, began his music studies at The Harrison School of Performing Arts in Lakeland. He continued as a performance major at The University of Central Florida & The University of South Florida, where he studied Tuba, Euphonium, Bass & Tenor Trombone. Currently, Will performs at Walt Disney World with the Main Street Philharmonic, and in The Candlelight processional. He also performs with various touring Broadway shows, including The Lion King and Wicked, as well as numerous Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with Michael Feinstein, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and a variety of other headliners. One of his greatest joys is being a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra where he plays bass trombone.

JOHNY CARLSSON – Piano - Bandleader, composer, arranger, Johny, born and raised in Sweden, living in Mount Dora, FL, is a retired businessman who turned his passion for jazz into a new career. In 1993 - in New York City - he was “rediscovered” by some Swedish jazz major graduate students from The Manhattan School of Music and The New England Conservatory of Music, respectively. NYC and the young players inspired him to pick up his playing again (after a 25+ years long intermission). He moved with his wife, Raija, to Citrus Hills, FL, in 1996. Johny is very active and sought after both when heading his own trio playing every Friday in the historic Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, FL, and as a sideman appreciated by fellow musicians and jazz fans all around Central Florida. He has his own trio also in Sweden and performs every summer in Scandinavia at jazz festivals, concerts and recording dates with local “big name” jazz musicians and vocal groups. “The MegaBones” is a lifelong dream of Johny’s. He has composed and arranged all their music.

CHARLIE SILVA - BASS - Charlie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. He started playing bass in his early teens and attended Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA where he studied with trumpet player Ray Brown. Charlie has worked with celebrities like Rosemary Clooney, George Burns, Rich Little and many more. Among jazz players he has backed up you will find Clark Terry, Mel Lewis, Buddy Tate, Buddy De Franco, Allen and Warren Vaché, Ken Peplowski and numerous others. Charlie is one of the most sought after bass players in Florida. He has played in the Buddy Morrow (Tommy Dorsey) and Woody Herman Orchestras, and locally with Terry Myers Orchestra, Bill and John Allred, Don Scaletta and many others and also on many jazz cruises.

BARRY SMITH - DRUMS - Barry has a Bachelor of Music Degree from North Texas State University. He has performed with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman, Ira Sullivan, Marian McPartland, Buddy DeFranco, Richie Cole, Art Farmer, Buddy Tate, Terri Gibbs, Charlie Byrd, Kenny Drew Jr., Nat Adderly, Carl Fontana, Clark Terry – to name a few - and he has worked under conductors such as Skitch Henderson (the famous Boston Pops conductor) and Robert Coleman (Space Coast Pops Orchestra) and with the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. Recording work, live television and show gigs are too many to mention. One of his favorite show gigs has been for comedian Don Rickles. Barry has also served as adjunct faculty at several schools including Rollins College and as Professor of Music at Florida State University.

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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.



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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.

Belmont and Jones with Opening Act by Terri Binion

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

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Terri Binion opens the show for Americana Acoustic Blues musicians Belmont and Jones.

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.



Belmont and Jones perform the pre-electric blues songbook with the integrity, frankness, brilliance, and humor with which it was performed by the great musicians who wrote and sang it. They don’t just memorialize a time in American music that influenced everything that was to come. They bring it alive. In so doing they reconnect the wellspring of the blues to the mainstream of American music.

-- Joel Zoss, songster and bluesman

Belmont & Jones play original music and blues from “the well” of traditional blues. This is not urbanized or electrified blues, but music that has virtually slipped into oblivion. Both seasoned musicians and songwriters in many styles of music, their music takes us back in time to when the blues were pure and simple, and soulfully true.

-- Debbie Dixon, Sopchoppy Concerts

I could listen to these guys all night. -- Bill Sheffield, Blues Player

Belmont & Jones is the stage moniker for a superb, Tallahassee-based country-blues duo who conjure early blues greats such as Memphis Minnie and Charley Patton. Both partners are strong, natural singers. Their repertoire ranges from familiar staples to obscure gems, and their originals sound authentic enough to have emanated from an old 78.

-- Bob Weinberg, Jazz & Blues Florida magazine

Belmont and Jones is the best traditional, country blues duo performing today. With every lick on his guitar, you can tell that Belmont has blues in his bones. Jones has one of the most beautiful blues voices I have ever heard. And listening to the two of them together is a unique blues experience that will move any blues lover.

-- George Mitchell, Blues Documentarian

Belmont and Jones play blues, and they sit down to do it. Some of these blues were first sung a century ago, and some of them were born last week. Some blues as deep as the dreamt memory of a flood and some as koo-koo as a boar hog strolling upright through a chandelier store. Listen close and you’ll hear the best guitar duo this side of Geechie and Elvie or Minnie and Joe. Belmont and Jones play blues, and they will not let your hambone spoil.

-- Walker Paramore, musician

Belmont and Jones are accomplished and authentic -- no baloney. They speak and sing and play directly to the audience and make you connect.

-- Peggy Adair, Tallahassee Blues Society

Lord have mercy. This duo always reminds me of why I love the blues: the lyrics' expression of the joys & sorrows of the human condition, and (mostly) that low-in-the-belly feeling that only the blues provokes.

-- Ellen Hamby, Atlanta concert host

Belmont & Jones are the real thing -- consummate musicians playing classic blues from Ma Rainey to Sleepy John Estes to Memphis Minnie and more. Their renditions are at times soul deep, and at other times laugh-out-loud funny! Hepzibah's voice is astounding -- strong, flexible and beautiful. Hepzibah plays a variety of creative instruments throughout the sets, and peppers her performances with a delightful sly humor.

-- Annette Parker Sherman, musician





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Allan Vache Quartet

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

Featuring Allan Vache on clarinet, Mark McKee on piano, Charlie Silva on bass. Drummer TBA.

Clarinetist Allan Vache has performed many professional engagements with such jazz greats as: Bobby Hackett, Wild Bill Davison, Pee Wee Erwin, Gene Krupa, Dick Hyman, Max Kaminsky, Clark Terry, Dick Wellstood, Ed Hubble, Cliff Leeman, Bob Haggart, Jack Lesberg, Lionel Hampton, Bob Wilber and many others. He also made numerous appearances with his brother Warren Vaché, Jr.

Having toured in Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, Allan continues to work as a freelance artist in the Orlando area as well as appearing at many concerts and festivals in the U.S. and around the world.




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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez Trio

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.







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