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Please scroll to see upcoming events and purchase tickets.  Tickets are also available at the door.  We offer a 20% student or military discount.  Just present your student or military ID and purchase your ticket at the door or call ahead to reserve your seats.  Parking is available in our lot, the grassy lot across the street or in the paved lot directly to the West of us.  

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: 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

David McElroy in Jack Kerouac End of the Road

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

"Jack Kerouac, the Father of the Beats, was deeply conflicted about his legacy by the time he drank himself to death at 47. A lifelong Catholic and Republican, the author considered himself much more “pro-America” than the hippie movement that claimed to be inspired by his works.

This one-man show finds Kerouac in the green room of William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” drinking and arguing with his ghosts as he prepares to give his final televised appearance. He differentiates between himself and other Beat figures, particularly Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, and runs through his biography from the childhood loss of his brother to his failed marriages and taking care of his mother.

David McElroy's original script and performance has been tweaked over the years into something that belongs on an intimate stage.

Admirably, this show focuses on the writing, and it does a fine job of nailing Kerouac’s voice, straight observation with a poetic bent... if you’re a fan of Kerouac’s books more than his personality, this is a solid representation of American literature’s antihero." Trevor Fraser Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/orlando-fringe/os-et-jack-kerouac--end-of-the-road-fringe-festival-2018-story.html

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David McElroy in Jack Kerouac End of the Road

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

"Jack Kerouac, the Father of the Beats, was deeply conflicted about his legacy by the time he drank himself to death at 47. A lifelong Catholic and Republican, the author considered himself much more “pro-America” than the hippie movement that claimed to be inspired by his works.

This one-man show finds Kerouac in the green room of William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” drinking and arguing with his ghosts as he prepares to give his final televised appearance. He differentiates between himself and other Beat figures, particularly Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, and runs through his biography from the childhood loss of his brother to his failed marriages and taking care of his mother.

David McElroy's original script and performance has been tweaked over the years into something that belongs on an intimate stage.

Admirably, this show focuses on the writing, and it does a fine job of nailing Kerouac’s voice, straight observation with a poetic bent... if you’re a fan of Kerouac’s books more than his personality, this is a solid representation of American literature’s antihero." Trevor Fraser Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/orlando-fringe/os-et-jack-kerouac--end-of-the-road-fringe-festival-2018-story.html

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David McElroy in Jack Kerouac End of the Road

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

"Jack Kerouac, the Father of the Beats, was deeply conflicted about his legacy by the time he drank himself to death at 47. A lifelong Catholic and Republican, the author considered himself much more “pro-America” than the hippie movement that claimed to be inspired by his works.

This one-man show finds Kerouac in the green room of William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” drinking and arguing with his ghosts as he prepares to give his final televised appearance. He differentiates between himself and other Beat figures, particularly Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, and runs through his biography from the childhood loss of his brother to his failed marriages and taking care of his mother.

David McElroy's original script and performance has been tweaked over the years into something that belongs on an intimate stage.

Admirably, this show focuses on the writing, and it does a fine job of nailing Kerouac’s voice, straight observation with a poetic bent... if you’re a fan of Kerouac’s books more than his personality, this is a solid representation of American literature’s antihero." Trevor Fraser Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/orlando-fringe/os-et-jack-kerouac--end-of-the-road-fringe-festival-2018-story.html

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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez and Artist Spotlight: Joy Hayes

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

Free admission!

Chris Cortez's solo show features selections from his many CDs and all time favorites from the Great American Songbook to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

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

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

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

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

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

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

Artist Spotlight: Joy Hayes

Joy is a talented and versatile artist. She has explored many different mediums and styles, but she is best known for producing large scale pastel illustrations of well known people. In the medium of pastel renditions Joy is a self- taught artist. Having spent numerous years mastering the blending of pastel colors using her fingertips, she brings the canvas to life. It is refreshing to see an artist start from a sketch and build layers of under painting, then manipulate the pastel paint to create the desired illusion.

https://joyce-hayes.pixels.com

Allan Vache Quartet

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

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.

Rounding out the Quartet are Walt Hubbard on drums, Charlie Silva on bass and Mark McKee on piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr1L6H0Q2U8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gaWT5iKRSc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=453TjTrzn5M

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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."

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnZ76CqJM_o

Kelly/Scott Sextet featuring Dave Steinmeyer

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

A “Live” Video! With Jeff Phillips/piano, Dennis Marks/bass, and Clyde Connor/drums.

Be a part of this special performance: Absolute Swing to New Orleans!

Come be a part of the very special “live” video-taping performance of this multi-talented ensemble capturing the entertaining musical chemistry that has made them so popular! Six considered “heavyweights” of jazz based in Florida, who have played together for over 15 years for numerous music festivals, jazz societies, clubs, special events, presented numerous jazz education clinics, and released a very well-received double-CD project in 2013, “Renditions: The Summer Sessions.” Featured in the June issue of JAZZIZ Magazine, the project has continued to receive positive reviews in magazines and on internet blogs, to be heard on radio programs world-wide, and enjoy many sales on CDBaby.com, on the kellyscottmusic.com website, and to countless fans at the group’s many shows.

The sextet is co-led by 8- time Downbeat Magazine award winning jazz vocalist LISA KELLY and Warburton signature trumpet artist JB SCOTT. Their first performance together at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, led to countless appearances as featured soloists and band leaders, 6 co-released CD projects, profiles in the 2010 book, “The New Face of Jazz,” and inductions into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2013 and 2017 “Hall of Fame.”

Lisa was the featured vocalist of the 2000 IAJE Sisters in Jazz all female combo, the UNF JE 1 big band, the St. Johns River City Band, and the Larry Elgart Orchestra, and holds a BM and MM in Jazz from UNF.

JB was the former leader of the world-famous Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans, performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Al Hirt. He is the Coord. of Jazz Studies at UNF, directing the Great American Jazz Series and the acclaimed UNF JE 1 big band.

A legendary trombonist among trombonists to jazz fans, DAVE STEINMEYER performed for 28 years with the esteemed D.C. Air Force big band, the Airmen of Note, leading the band for over 10 years. He appeared in the movie, “A Few Good Men.” Now back in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL, Dave is a freelance artist and the jazz trombone adjunct at UNF, traveling constantly to perform, mentor, and recruit for the college.

Pianist JEFF PHILLIPS is much in demand for his exemplary skills in accompanying vocalists and horns, impeccable leadership of rhythm sections, including his own groups, and for his vast tune knowledge and versatile style ability. Freelancing for years, Jeff is a jazz adjunct at Harrison High SOTA, and an on-staff pianist at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Bass instructor and director of JE II at UNF, DENNIS MARKS is known world-wide for his playing in any format, composing, and expertise in soloing. He has toured the world many times as a member of the bands of Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. He is on Sandoval's last six CD recordings, including the Grammy-Award Winning "Hot-House, and on "My Passion for the Piano," writing two of the compositions.

Former drummer of the United States Navy Commodores in D.C, CLYDE CONNOR is a jazz drum professor and big band director at UF in Gainesville, and a much in demand free-lance artist. He has appeared on Beldwin, Warner Bros, and other labels and recordings, and has performed with many jazz notables.

Imagine the high level of music made by these six nationally and internationally traveled artists. Be a part of this unforgettable musical evening of great tunes and arrangements, from heartfelt ballads to sensual Latin and in-the-pocket swing styles, from six seasoned artists who love to play together and entertain their audiences! A night you’ll want to be a part of, an event you won’t want to miss!

Website: www.kellyscottmusic.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMdJEzFeM4k&list=PLvln5YbzZRvmdLxUP5ifQUIKX45aRWI3b

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Pat Gullotta, Kendall Wilson and Friends

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

These two old friends represent a familiar horn section to many Central Floridians. Pat is the powerhouse trombonist, who throws his whole body into his solos. Kendall is a well known trumpeter now living in Japan, and brother to the late drummer, Keith Wilson who passed so suddenly a few years ago.

Doug Mathews, Per Danielson, and Ed Metz round out the supergroup reunion for Kendall's annual visit. This will be an amazing night of music.

https://vimeo.com/107939188

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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez

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

Free admission!

Chris Cortez's solo show features selections from his many CDs and all time favorites from the Great American Songbook to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

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

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

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

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

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

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

Jeff Rupert Quartet

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

Join us for a fabulous night of jazz!

Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Rupert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxqs5Fm3DGw

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Dan Jordan Quartet

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

Maestro Jordan always puts on a spellbinding show.

Dan Jordan has been an educator and musician since 1976. He has a flexible and common sense approach to teaching and playing. He was titled as Florida All State Jazz Band Tenor one for 1976-1977. He has taught at numerous schools including Rollins College and has performed with a multitude of renowned artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations and many more. He has performed on New York City Broadway, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and in countless other shows and productions.

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

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

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Fusion Beat meets M&M Latin Ensemble

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

Central Florida’s Latin Jazz super-group, Fusion Beat returns to the Bamboo with the M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Dimas Sanchez, leader of Fusion Beat, began playing percussion and drum set in Puerto Rico, where he was born. He started playing salsa music professionally at age 14 playing. Later on, other influences like Jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican folkloric music started shaping his musical taste.

The M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble was created by world renowned Drummer/ Percussionist Marty Morell (Bill Evans, Duke Ellington Orch, UCF Jazz Drum set professor) and his wife, Japan born Michiko Ohta Morell (Chica Boom, Clave y Galapago, Hillsborough County Arts Council award winner 2015). They have performed at many of Central Florida’s finest Jazz venues (the Palladium St. Petersburg, New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, Arts Festival, the Bosendorfer Lounge Orlando, Benoit Glazer’s "The Timucua Arts” Orlando and touring in Japan.

The M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of Latin American standards, original music, Latin Jazz standards (Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, Oliver Nelson, John Coltrane) and many other compositions from the American song book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9HWv0Il18Y

https://www.facebook.com/fusbeat/

http://www.mandmmusicusa.com/

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Circulum Orchestra

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

Born from the love of modern circus, soundtrack and world music, Circulum Orchestra (formed by Alain Bradette) is an ensemble of five multi-instrumentalists who have performed together for many years.

Each musician has performed as part of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, and were in fact the final band to perform for Cirque du Soleil’s production of La Nouba in Orlando, Florida.

The ensemble’s musicians compose the uniquely original music they play, blending elements ranging from gypsy, to world, to orchestral genres.

https://myspace.com/circulum.orchestra

https://www.facebook.com/Circulum-Orchestra-155677748405978/

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Tuesday Night Sessions: Chris Cortez

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

Free admission!

Chris Cortez's solo show features selections from his many CDs and all time favorites from the Great American Songbook to the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Chuck Berry, Steely Dan and more!

An international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, Chris ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz Hot Paris, etc... He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

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

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

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

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

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

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

Bobby Koelble Band

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

Enjoy a night of jazz and more with the Bobby Koelble Band.

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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Nate Najar Trio - CD Release Party!

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

CD Release Party!

Guitarist Nate Najar is emerging as one of this decade’s finest modern jazz exponents. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess- not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najar’s comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, Nate seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and interesting. 2010 saw Najar release "Groove Me" on Woodward Avenue Records. A collaboration with Tony Award winning vocalist Melba Moore, "Groove Me" reached into the top 10 of the Billboard Jazz chart. A St. Petersburg, FL native who began playing guitar at age eight and considers Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Byrd his primary influences, Najar’s full length recordings on Candid Records – including 2012’s Blues For Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd – earned him accolades from critics and influential jazz voices alike. Other recent recordings include 2014’s “Aquarela Do Brasil” and the swinging “This is Nate Najar” released in 2016. The All Music Guide called Nate “one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene.” JazzTimes Magazine referred to Nate’s playing as “intimate and soulful” and perhaps the greatest endorsement comes from Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd- “There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie’s soul in Nate’s mind, heart and fingers. Get ready world, here comes Nate Najar!"

https://vimeo.com/238941100

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8S5ACbzWN0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U9jLfiRaJ0

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