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Sportiello, Parrott & Metz

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

Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott & Eddie Metz

Jazz has only been around for only the last 100 years, give or take a few years and there have been many different instrumentations over the years, but maybe none of them have been more popular than the traditional combination of piano, bass and drums. The big name trios come to mind immediately: Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Bud Powell, Tommy Flanigan, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, George Shearing, Bill Charlap, Shelley Manne, Jeff Hamilton, and the list goes on and on and on. After attending this performance, you will be adding the names Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott and Eddie Metz to this list of outstanding jazz trios.

Collectively, Sportiello, Parrott & Metz have appeared on hundreds of recordings with such jazz luminaries as Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Buddy DeFranco, Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen and many more. As a trio, they have recorded four CDs exclusively on the ARBORS Jazz label. www.arborsrecords.com

As a trio, Rossano, Nicki and Eddie have played together since 2008 when they appeared together at the Arbors Jazz Party in Clearwater, FL. Mat Domber, founder of Arbors Records, after hearing their set, asked them to record as a trio. Since then, they have recorded three more trio CDs for Arbors and have appeared around the world at jazz festivals, concerts and clubs, carrying on the tradition of piano-based trio jazz. You will be amazed at their individual and collective technique and imaginative improvisation, playing songs with familiar melodies, ear catching harmony, ultra-sensitive dynamics and entertaining showmanship. Please, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

www.rossanosportiello.com

www.nickiparrott.com

www.eddiemetzjr.com

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Jack Graham & Madeline Pots Present: Songs & Stories

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

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain

Stories are what set us apart from all of the other creatures that share our planet. Alternating them through spoken word and through song reach different parts of our brains and bodies. Come share in our dreams and take home moments of truth. Songs for this show are provided by Tony Macaluso, Beth McKee and Jack Graham. Storytellers Pete Abdalla, Kay Pricher and Madeline Pots provide the Spoken Words.

This is the first in a series of 4 Songs and Stories in 2020. The theme for this first one is "Place." Cities, Towns, States, Countries and even the Planets have their own personas that influence our understanding of ourselves. Come take a trip with us.

Join us for all of the Songs and Stories: January 18, May 16, July 17 and December 5, 2020

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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.

www.dannybachermusic.com

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Jim Lauderdale

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

Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning Americana icon, a singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-encrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity and prolificacy for thirty-one albums over decades of recording. He’s an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have ruled the country charts while recording an eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles.

From the start of his career, Jim Lauderdale has been creating his own musical world. Too expansive, eclectic and creatively curious to fit into any prescribed genre boxes, he innovated what is now called Americana music, long before there was a term for it. Everything about the man and his music is classic and timeless, but he’s a total original. The McCartney-esque melodies sung in his aching high lonesome tenor, the fiercely authentic bluegrass songs with mind-expanding psychedelic lyrics… nothing about Jim’s music can be reduced to a single influence, and no other songwriter would fuse these classic strains of tune-craft into such unexpected but immediately satisfying combinations.

“A long time ago, I decided that with each record, I would ignore the categories people tried to put me into and just make the music that was in my heart.” - Jim Lauderdale

“He’s my favorite part of Americana music” – Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show

“He’s a man of great style, an exceptional songwriter and tremendous singer” – Elvis Costello

“Jim Lauderdale is a consummate entertainer, a sharp dressed man as well, a terrific songwriter and a great singer."– George Strait

“Jim Lauderdale could easily be called a renaissance man. He’s a great singer, great guitar player and there’s no way you could miss his work as a songwriter.” – Ricky Skaggs

https://www.jimlauderdalemusic.com/

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Richard Smith

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

Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. He is now a seasoned performer with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit. In 2018, Richard performed in five continents... North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia including performances with and alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Dave Peacock, Martin Taylor, Brent Mason, Gary Brooker, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Joe Brown, Ralph McTell and many others.

https://www.richardsmithmusic.com

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The Official CD Release of Ella & The Bossa Beat - MY REMEDY

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

My Remedy is a mix of Soul, Contemporary and Brazilian Jazz.

Mariella Borges ( Ella) on vocals and piano; Magrus Borges on drums; Marco Borjorquez on bass and special guest Dan Jordan on saxophone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkXyQASN2aM&feature=youtu.be

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Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back starring Charlie Russo

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

Featuring Charlie Russo - vocals and the Michael Kramer Trio: Michael on piano, Ben Kramer on bass and Greg Parnell on drums.

Golden-voiced singer Charlie Russo is a singing sensation. From the moment he steps onto the stage, his performance is electrifying. His extensive repertoire ranges from the easy-listening ballads of Frank Sinatra to the upbeat tunes of Stevie Wonder. His breathtaking voice captivates audiences of all ages.

www.charlierussojr.com

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Motown...Pride of the Motor City featuring Greta Pope & The Spaniels Forever

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

Back by Popular Demand - MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City!

Don’t miss this exciting National Touring Act as it makes its encore appearance at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park, Florida!

What are people saying about Greta Pope’s MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City?

“Brought back so many wonderful memories. Many thanks to Greta and the guys!” - David Lieberman

“I couldn’t sit still! They did all of the great old song from the 1960’s. Just fantastic!” - Linda Hopkins

We had a fun “Girl’s Motown Night.” Cocktails and dinner, followed by more cocktails, lots of giggles and a dynamic performance! After the concert we sang for our Uber driver. He said that we made his night. Everyone loves Motown! Great fun.” - Susan Block

“My wife and I have seen several of Greta’s shows and they never disappoint. MOTOWN…Pride of the Motor City is no exception. This show is a must see! - Peter van der Sloot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43W3KVaPQZY

For more info visit www.gretapope.com

VIP Table Seating includes a photo with Greta and the band and a signed Greta Pope CD: $35.00

General Admission: $25.00 Student/Military: $20.00

Ben Rosenblum Trio

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

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an “impressive talent” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). Ben is based primarily in New York City, and is a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program (in 2016). His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano. His profound passion for jazz, swing and world music genres finds expression in his unique fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. Ben's first priority in his composition and in his playing is always narrative – to tell a compelling story with his music, while reaching the hearts of his audience, connecting on an emotional, an intellectual and a spiritual level.

http://www.benrosenblummusic.com/about.html.

Videos: Delilah (Victor Young): https://youtu.be/n8l3w42zsWo?t=28s

River City (Ben Rosenblum): https://youtu.be/8j7mTiyI2qY

Celia (Bud Powell): https://youtu.be/2CqSfrB98R4

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Warren and Allan Vache

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

Featuring Warren Vache on cornet; Allan Vache on clarinet; Per Danielsson on piano; Charlie Silva on bass and Walt Hubbard on drums.

Warren Vaché is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer. He has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations.

He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as: Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Ruby Braff and Bobby Short to name but a few.

He can also be found in the company of such leading contemporaries as: Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Terrell Stafford, Howard Alden, Jessie Davis, Alvin Queen, Brian Lemon, Tony Coe, Alan Barnes, Richard Wyands, Bill Charlap, Harry Allen, John Allred and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra...the list is a virtual "Who's who" in Jazz, spanning every style in the history of the music.

Warren Vaché has performed at every major jazz venue and festival throughout the globe from club dates at Condon's and the Blue Note to the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Perugia in Italy, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Vienna Opera, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Coupling a beautiful tone with a chance-taking style, Warren utilizes the complete range of the jazz vocabulary. His influences include: Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, "Pee Wee" Erwin ( with whom he studied for many years ), Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, and Billy Butterfield - from this group of extraordinary musicians, among others, Mr. Vaché has coalesced his own inimitable style that defies categorization. Pianist and composer Jim McNeely was heard to say: "Every chorus he plays is like a lesson in the history of the trumpet."

A guest artist on countless record dates, Mr. Vaché has recorded over 35 albums under his own name including the award winning "2gether" with Bill Charlap (Nagel-Heyer) and many other highly acclaimed albums such as: "Polished Brass"; "Easy Going"; "Warm Evenings"; with the Beaux-Arts String Quartet ( Concord ); "Horn of Plenty" ( Muse ); "An Affair to Remember"; "The Best Thing For You" ) Zephyr ); "Mrs. Vaché's Boys" ( with Allan Vaché ); "Warren Plays Warren" ( with Randy Sandke ); "What Is There To Say" ( with Joe Puma ); "Swingtime" with the NYC big band (Nagel-Heyer ); "Dream Dancing" (Arbors); and his latest "Don't Look Back" with the Scottish Ensemble (Arbors). As a charter member of the Juilliard Program for Jazz Studies, Warren offers the breadth of his experience in the arts which includes acting, performing and music direction for the film by Frank Gilroy "The Gig," on stage appearances in "Dr. Jazz," music direction for the Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor revival of "Private Lives." Warren composed and performed the music for the movie "The Luckiest Man In The World," and has performed on the soundtrack for numerous films including "Money Pays," "Biloxi Blues," "Simon," and "The Dain Curse." He also trained actor Richard Geer to play trumpet for his role in the movie "The Cotton Club."

With a style that has been described as "lyrical," 'daring," "warm," and "exciting," Warren Vaché has a delightful way of engaging an audience; leaving them enthralled with the beauty and joy of his playing, and the warmth of his vocals.

Allan Vache was graduated from Roosevelt Elementary School, Rahway Junior High School, and Rahway High School, Rahway, New Jersey 1959-1971. He also attended Jersey City State College, Jersey City, New Jersey 1971-1975. At this time he studied with David Dworkin of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and independently with famed jazz artist Kenny Davern.

From 1972-1975 Allan also 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, and many others. He also made numerous appearances with his brother, famed jazz cornetist Warren Vache, Jr.

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

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Roman Street

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

Brothers Noah and Josh Thompson put their guitars together to form Roman Street. Since the college years, this brotherly jam session has developed into a Billboard/iTunes charting band who many have dubbed 'the next generation' of Jazz Fusion. Roman Street, named for an old roman street in the Alps, is an internationally trained instrumental band specializing in improvisational fusion of Classical, Gypsy and Contemporary Jazz, Latin, and Nuevo Flamenco. A departure from the over-produced music that is out there today, they keep it simple—the beautifully organic sound of acoustic instruments played by talented people who love what they are doing. Whether performing as a guitar duo, or with a backing band, Roman Street astounds with music that appeals to fans of many genres.

http://www.romanstreet.com/

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David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach

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

David and Bob met in 2002. Over the next eight years they would come across each other at festivals, conferences and other music venues. These chance meetings eventually convinced them that working together could create something very special. Since 2010 they have been doing exactly that all over the United States. Their live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll.

“I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.” DJS

“ ...you snuck into the tunes with us with the grace and sensitivity of an old school sax man, making everything better…..” Scott Ainslie

David Jacobs-Strain is a slide guitarist and modern roots singer-songwriter whose musical journey begins in the wellspring of Delta blues but ranges far afield from there. In his mid-twenties, he already channels age-old wisdom and heartache with such dexterity, energy, and passion that you feel good, even about feeling bad.

He tours nationally and has numerous festival credits, which include the Strawberry Music Festival, MerleFest, the Lugano Blues to Bop Festival in Switzerland, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. He’s also served as faculty at guitar workshops, most notably at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch. In 2008 and again in 2010 Boz Scaggs chose him to open for his summer tour.

http://www.davidjacobs-strain.com/home/

Strong Believer- www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiGcsKX7F1s

Goodbye for Now- www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywukToHLe1s

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Peppino D'Agostino

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

A young Sicilian artist left Italy over 30 years ago, with the dream of “playing with the greatest guitarists”. Peppino has achieved his dream and he’s now firmly planted in the “who’s who” of the guitar world.

Peppino D’Agostino emerged on the acoustic guitar scene in the early 80’s as a leading member of the second wave of the great fingerstylists that helped redefine the instrument in the ’90s. His remarkable technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls “minestrone music”. His virtuosity and his emotional charge have also had a significant influence on the younger generation of fingerstyle guitarists. D’Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he first showcased his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings Acoustic Spirit, Close to the Heart, and Every Step of the Way which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers.

D’Agostino has performed in more than 30 countries, at prestigious international festivals and has played in some of the world’s most important theaters. He has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Assad, Larry Carlton, and Eric Johnson, to name a few. His solo recordings include high quality labels such as Favored Nations, Mesa / Bluemoon, and Acoustic Music Records. Recognized as “the guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine and described as “a giant of the acoustic guitar” by the San Diego Reader, D’Agostino was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by readers of Guitar Player magazine. An active member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, Peppino has collaborated and recorded with the classical guitarist David Tanenbaum (chair of the classical guitar at the Conservatory of San Francisco), Jeff Campitelli (considered one of the 100 greatest drummers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine) and the legendary Paraguayan harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes, among many others. D’Agostino’s composition “Stammi Vicino,” written with electric guitarist Stef Burns and Italian rock star Vasco Rossi, reached number one in the iTunes rock charts in Italy.

Learn more about Peppino and listen to his music here: http://www.peppinodagostino.com

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Resonant Rogues

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

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

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

https://theresonantrogues.com/epk/

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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/

Jeff Rupert Quartet featuring Veronica Swift

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

The outstanding Jeff Rupert Quartet with stunning jazz vocalist, Veronica Swift, return to the Bamboo. Don't miss this very special performance!

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

Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists like Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a GRAMMY. He played with the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also played with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew Jr., trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

https://www.facebook.com/JeffRupertSax/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smRlRZqoo4c

At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.

In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. She first appeared there at age 10 with Dave Adams’ Young Razzcals Jazz Project and the great saxophonist Richie Cole and later she sang a duet with the featured artist, Paquito d’Rivera. Then in April, 2017 she started her residency a the infamous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. On into 2018, Veronica began touring with her trio (Emmet Cohen Trio) as well as Benny Green Trio, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chris Botti appearing at Jazz Showcase, Monterey and Montreal Jazz festivals, two runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center: Shanghai, China, and Marians' Jazz Showroom in Bern, Switzerland.

Veronica grew up on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. It was with them where she first appeared at The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Veronica recorded two CDs as a child – one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen.

Her 2015 Album “Lonely Woman” features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl Johns (with whom she shared the Grammy Choir/Band experience), Matt Wigler, and Scott Lowrie.

In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music and has sung with Vince Giordano, Terry Waldo, and Drew Nugent.

https://www.veronicaswift.com

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…"

http://acousticguitar.com/acoustic-guitar-sessions-presents-jack-williams

www.JackWilliamsMusic.com

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