Seasoned blues veteran proms solo and demonstrates the so called cigar box guitar, one of the original designs for delta blues musicians at the turn of the century. These hand crafted instruments are enjoying a revival of sorts. Steve will also play acoustic solo guitar as part of the program.
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Ella and the Bossa Beat
Ella and the Bossa Beat perform a mixture of Brazilian styles of Bossa Nova, Samba and Jazz Standards. Come join us, won't you?
Chris Cortez Solo (free)
Enjoy a fun evening on us. The boss is a pretty decent guitar slinger.
The Ben Wendel Seasons Band
Grammy nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel was born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Los Angeles. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and producer. Highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the artist formerly known as Prince. Ben is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody, currently signed with Concord Records and Brainfeeder Music.
Ben Wendel – Tenor Saxophone Gilad Hekselman – Guitar Matt Brewer – Bass Aaron Parks – Piano Kendrick Scott – Drums
"A literate and adaptable multireedist whose original music puts a premium on lyricism… A wide-open sensibility, about as tuned to Bach and Bjork as Monk and Shorter" The New York Times
"Perhaps the best and most-known saxophonist consistently active on both coasts" LA Weekly
"He has a keen ability to balance intellectual curiosity with emotional and melodic impact" DownBeat
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Fresh off their Grammy nomination, Jane Bunnett's supergroup Maqueque returns to the bamboo. Don't miss this amazing all female, Cuban, Canadian hybrid.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Maitland's Baroque Chamber Orchestra returns to the Bamboo!
Carol Stein and Friends
Perseverance Brass Band
Now in it's 31st year, Kid Dutch's Perseverance Brass Band entertains and explores the beginnings the American Art form with it's "Brass Roots of Jazz" concert program. From Rags, Cakewalks, Marches, Dirges and Hymns , to Rockin & Booty Shakin' music - dancing is inevitable!
The LARRY BROWN Quintet
Pianist Larry Brown leads one of the most accomplished straight-ahead jazz groups in the Mid-Atlantic area, having performed at An Die Musik, Blues Alley, the Meyerhoff, the Kennedy Center, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest, Alexandria Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, Twins Jazz, Bohemian Caverns, the King Of France Tavern, Montpelier Arts Center, Chris’ Café, the New Haven Lounge, Caton Castle, Strathmore Mansion, and the Black Rock Center for the Arts.
JazzReview.com describes The Larry Brown Quintet as "Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section." The group’s four CDs receive airplay all over the country, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Russia, and Japan. The band, which reprises the hard-bop style of the legendary Blue Note era, was recognized by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) as the Best Jazz Group for 2009. The group’s celebrated release, “Hard Bop Café” was recognized by WAMA as the Best Jazz Recording for 2006 with a Wammie award.
Kelly/Scott Sextet featuring Dave Steinmeyer
Lisa, JB, and Dave, along with Jeff Philips, Charlie Silva, and Clyde Conner return to the Bamboo for a special matinee performance.
Nate Najar Trio
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!"
Heather Gillis Band
Heather Gillis is the complete package as a guitar player, lap steel player, songwriter, singer and arranger. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. At 23 years old, Heather has not only formed a following at a local level, but has played alongside and befriended members of the The Allman Brothers Band, Col Bruce Hampton, The Lee Boys, North Mississippi All-Stars, Matt Schofield, and many more. In 2015 Heather was drafted by (legendary Allman Brothers drummer) Butch Trucks to be a member of his touring band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band (2015-2017) Heather’s live shows are energetic and consist of her original music as well as rock, soul, and roots music Heather Gillis- Guitar/ Vocals Evan Sarver- Bass Dallas Dawson- Drums Spencer Pope- Organ Link to band EPK: Heather Gillis Band EPK
Miss Jacqueline Jones
Miss Jacqueline Jones returns to the bamboo.
Victor Wainwright and the Train
Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n' roll honky-tonk, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues. His dedication to musical discovery, sheer love for entertaining and insatiable curiosity have led him all around the world. The resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art-form forward. Composer, producer, vocalist, entertainer and award winning piano player; Wainwright is an award winning raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. This is Blues, Roots Rock and Soul, featuring the boogie piano and soulful vocals of Victor Wainwright, backed by one of the most gifted bands on the scene: the WildRoots.
Terry Myers and John Orsini
with Michael Kramer, Charlie Silva and Ed Metz.
Central Florida Jazz Society presents the Greg Parnell Quintet
An exciting tribute to the great quintets!
Parcels MFAs in Progress
UCF Masters of Fine Arts Students read their works. Suggested donation $10.
Bobby Koelble Trio
Charlie DeChant and the Kings
Charlie DeChant and the Kings return to the Bamboo! Charlie is the sax player for Hall and Oates, but he has his own group too!
Featuring Charlie DeChant, saxes and flutes, Steve Sienkiewicz keyboards, Cadillac Cardirelli drums, Larry Jakoby bass, and Tommy Caulton guitar.