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

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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.


Cortez, Clermont & Archard

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.

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1772161886133333/

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

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

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

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Ricky Sylvia & Friends featuring The Buzzcatz

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

It's Ricky's birthday and The Buzzcatz will be backing him on this Sunday matinee show of original songs, rarities and favorite "B" sides (James Taylor, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Marc Cohn, etc.). Featuring SURPRISE guest performers throughout the show.

It's also Elvis week, so you may even hear a couple of Ricky's favorite Elvis tunes.

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Chris Cortez Quartet

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

Featuring Chris on guitar & vocals; Chuck Archard on bass, Paul Parker on drums. Pianist TBD.

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

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The Compliment Slam!

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

Free admission and all ages welcome.

Are you good at giving compliments but never have the opportunity? Do you strive to see the silver linings in others, do you yearn to uplift your fellow persons but never get the chance? Could you use a kind word in your life right about now? If this sounds like you, come out and enjoy a night of positive creativity and a celebration of the best in all of us, as Orlando Poetry Slam presents the Compliment Slam! Contestants trade compliments in tournament style competition, where the winner receives $50 and everyone else gets to bask in appreciation and good will. Join us as we seek to bring joy to each other in an effort to make the world a little bit brighter. If you think you have what it takes or you simply want to pay unabashed tribute to another human being, sign up starts at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm. At the worst, you take home a compliment that hugs your soul, maybe win some cash, or go home feeling the generosity of another. Don't miss the feel good hit of the summer!

Also featuring poetry, art, and solo guitar by Chris Cortez.

Alexis Cole

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

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance. A dozen albums into her critically acclaimed career, she may also be the best-kept secret in jazz, a status that’s certain to change as more people are discovering her for themselves.

The year 2009 was a big one for Alexis: She released her first albums on both Motéma Music and Venus Records… and went to Basic Training to prepare for her new job as a jazz singer for the US Army.

During her seven years in the Army’s Big Band, Cole had the opportunity to grow as a musician and a person, sharing the stage with ensembles as diverse as the New York Philharmonic and Kool and the Gang. Alexis continued recording throughout her tour of duty, releasing a string of well-received albums, including four titles for Venus, two for Motema, and two on Chesky Records. She proved her versatility on everything from jazz standards to Paul Simon’s lesser known compositions, to Disney love songs to a project on which she teamed up with a fellow serviceman 50 years her senior, the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.

Though Alexis transformed into an insightful interpreter of jazz during her Army years, understandably, her personal advancements and achievements had to take a back seat to her military responsibilities.

Alexis has blossomed since leaving the service in 2016, trading her uniforms and fatigues for sleek cocktail dresses and chic hats, and focusing fully on her art. The singer’s career has taken on exciting new momentum, with recent accomplishments including gigs at celebrated venues like Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Blue Note; and performances as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Boston Pops and the Detroit Symphony. Alexis also recently contributed a guest turn on pianist Harold Mabern’s star-studded album Afro Blue, alongside the likes of fellow guests Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, and Jane Monheit.

On the education front, Alexis Cole now heads the vocal program at the renowned conservatory at SUNY Purchase, and is a Jamey Aebersold-sponsored clinician. She’s looking forward to guest lecturing at the acclaimed Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands this coming academic year. This summer Alexis and her trio will take the stage for a residency at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan’s famous Carlyle Hotel, following in the footsteps of Marian McPartland and Barbara Carroll.

Alexis Cole’s freshly reclaimed civilian status has opened a new world where her profound experience can meld more completely with her worldview and personal expression. As the noted jazz journalist Scott Yanow points out, “Alexis Cole grows in power, maturity, and depth each year. She continues to have unlimited potential.” Whether you’re a long-time jazz fan or a newcomer to the art form, you won’t want to miss a single note from this icon in-the-making.

https://www.alexiscole.com/

https://www.alexiscole.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VarXFF8zXks

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John DePaola Quintet

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

John DePaola is a freelance trumpeter in Orlando, Florida. His style of jazz improvisation radiates warmth and is complimented by his ability to create melodic solos. He performs regularly at jazz societies and 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

Joining John are: Dave Mackenzie on saxophone, Charlie Silva on bass, Walt Hubbard on drums. Pianist TBD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi04GHdfxHM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc8G5CIxsyE

https://www.johndepaolamusic.com/

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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 Bradds on guitar and Jeff Green on acoustic bass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HtxB17jYZg

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

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.

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1859054557444065/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kePgBB3f7b8

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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mUVsW2cnt4

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

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

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

Cortez, Clermont & Archard

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.

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1772161886133333/

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

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

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

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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

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."

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

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

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

Chris Cortez Quartet

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

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

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

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Carol Stein Band

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 and her band for an elegant and entertaining evening of music!

More about Carol here: http://carolstein.com/

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The Phoenix Collective Presents Its Premier Concert

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

Join us for an afternoon of original contemporary compositions by members of the Phoenix Collective, an organization supporting performance opportunities for women composers. Sharon Omens, Kathy Sakson and Rebekah Todia will present compositions in genres including modern classical, jazz and art song. Performers include renowned local artists Rose Grace, Pepina Dell-Olio, Dana Tolan, Mauricio Cespedes, Paul Fleury, Julie Batman and many more.

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Jeff Rupert Quartet

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

Join us for a fabulous night of jazz with Jeff on saxophone, Marty Morrell on drums, Ben Kramer on bass and Richard Drexler on piano.

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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