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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.


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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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents James Suggs Quartet

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

James Suggs is a professional trumpet player who now resides in St. Petersburg, FL. He grew up in Pennsylvania, started playing at age 9 and playing professionally at 15 while living in Ohio. At age 16, Suggs toured the US, Holland, Germany, and Switzerland with The Continental Singers. In 1998 James attended Youngstown State University in Ohio where he received his Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. At this time he began performing on cruise ships, 6 contracts to be exact. He also was the featured soloist while on tour with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as recording with them. Later, he would also have the honor of playing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Suggs spent 8 years living and performing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While there, he toured with Argentinean bands in Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico, England, Portugal and Spain. He has performed with such jazz greats as Kenny Burrell, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Mintzer, Sean Jones, Kevin Mohagany and Chuck Mangione to name a few. James currently performs with various groups around the Tampa Bay area. He has his own jazz combos including a tribute to the great Louis Armstrong.

Central Florida Jazz Society Members: $15.00 Non-members: $20.00

Note: Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts members must pay for this event.

The Big Wahoo

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

What were the redneck's last words? Answer - "Hey y'all watch this!"

Get Momanem to hold your beer, comb your mullet, brush your toofs, oil up the Harley, and go down the slide head first into a rip roaring musical ride! You'll be saying WAHOO too!

Formerly, Cartoon Owls with British Accents, and prior to that, Leprechaun Napkins, these musical changelings adopt a new band name for every show. The names are silly, but this band is no joke, and there is nothing else like it anywhere.

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

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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

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

Bobby Koelble's Los Hombres De Led Zeppelin featuring Kaleigh Baker - 7:30pm Show

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

Two shows: 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. See below for tickets for the 10:00 p.m. show.

Enjoy an evening of Latin jazz arrangements of the music of Led Zeppelin, featuring a nine-piece band of all-star Orlando musicians with the amazing Kaleigh Baker on vocals.

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://youtu.be/YHsJJsM6zMs

https://youtu.be/fmlr2SvTUTU

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Bobby Koelble's Los Hombres De Led Zeppelin featuring Kaleigh Baker - 10:00pm Show

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

Two shows: 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. See above for tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show.

Enjoy an evening of Latin jazz arrangements of the music of Led Zeppelin, featuring a nine-piece band of all-star Orlando musicians with the amazing Kaleigh Baker on vocals.

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://youtu.be/YHsJJsM6zMs

https://youtu.be/fmlr2SvTUTU

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Don Soledad and Shankh Lahiri

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

Flamenco guitarist Don Soledad and Indian percussionist Shankh Lahiri present ‘CONEXIÓN’ (Connection) - a musical and educational journey accompanied by flamenco guitar, Indian vocals and percussion. The duo's connection will take you back to the rhythmic origins, beginning in India to Andalucía, southern Spain; the birthplace of the art of flamenco.

Soledad and Lahiri will be presenting some new original music as well as other compositions from their solo albums.

Don Soledad

Inspired by the guitar of flamenco legend, Paco de Lucia, Don Soledad cultivated his sophisticated, soulful sounds in Northern California, beginning with his early guitar studies with the great Spanish flamenco maestros Mariano de Cordobá and Agustin Ríos (the nephew of legendary guitarist Diego del Gastor). His studies continued in Andalucía (in the Southern region of Spain) in the city of Jerez de la Frontera with guitarist Juan Diego Mateos. Soon thereafter, he was performing shows in San Francisco and the Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries.

As a performer and recording artist, Soledad has worked with talents in a variety of genres, including singer Eric Martin (Mr. Big), late jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell and projects with jazz bassist Kai Eckhardt (Garage Mahal). As a composer, Soledad has recorded 2 original albums: "Camino de Seda" (2006) and "Soluna" (2013) and a solo Christmas album entitled "December Lullaby" (2015). Upon his departure from the West Coast, Don has been a mainstay in the Florida and US professional talent pool performing with his band "Don Soledad Group."

Shankh Lahiri

Lahiri is an International touring Tabla artist, composer, singer and CEO of the non-profit organization Shruti Foundation, Shruti School of Music, WAHH! World Fusion Band and "Shankh and Friends Global Project." Multi-talented Shankh Lahiri comes from a family with a long tradition of Indian Classical Music and has fully devoted his life to this music. Son of the sitarist and Guru Shri Ravi Lahiri, Shankh grew up in an environment imbued with the fragrance of Hindustani music. As a child, he received intensive training in both vocal and tabla from his father and went on to graduate in both subjects.

For the last two decades, Shankh has been the devoted senior disciple of world-renowned Tabla maestro, Pandit Nayan Ghosh.

Shankh has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Irshad Khan, Arati Ankalikar, Pandit Nayan Ghosh, Rakesh Chaurasia and many more.

Shankh has gained his reputation as a very creative & innovative concert performer in both Indian Classical & Experimental World Music genres. He has performed at major festivals, such as South by South West, Chicago Jazz Festival, Gasparila Music Festival and many more. Shankh received "Best of the Bay" Award in 2006 for his World Music album "Liberation" & "Brother Ray."

http://www.donsoledad.com/

https://www.shankhandfriends.com/

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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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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.

Grant Peeples 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 Folk singer/songwriter/guitarist, Grant Peeples.

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.

http://www.terribinionmusic.com/about/

http://www.terribinionmusic.com/video/

Folk singer/songwriter/guitarist, Grant Peeples, was born in Tallahassee, Florida. He's toured around the world, sharing his passion for music and poetry. He has made ten studio records, three live recordings and two poetry books.

Grant's songwriting is heavily influenced by his experiences while living on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua.

Gurf Morlix, who produced Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen and Slaid Cleaves, has produced four of Grant’s Records, including his most recent, “Settling Scores Vol II” (2018).

https://www.grantpeeples.com

Some videos of Grant Peeples A short video sampler- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP-OAL62jjE&feature=share&list=UUg68uQu2WQcCMGdQ43vaGEQ

A duet with Ruthie Foster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnXl0fxT_AM

With Gurf Morlix: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU80udf3kFQKkWrGiXB84906jmfYQFr5Q

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Slide Show: The Corey Paul Cortet featuring Pat Gullotta

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

The Corey Paul ‘Cortet’ assembles four of Orlando’s greatest young musical talents. Leading the ensemble is trombonist, Corey Paul, who has spent several years playing with Michael Andrew, The Jazz Orchestra at Dr Phillips Center, Vivacity, and The Orlando Jazz Orchestra. He is joined by Ethan Bailey-Gould on guitar, Greg Zabel on bass and Ashton Bailey-Gould on drums.

Joining the Cortet is local legend Pat Gullotta! His fiery playing is beloved by all those who have heard it. His inclusion in the ensemble promises to raise the bar in every way.

Join us for a high-octane evening of trombone acrobatics!

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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.

Nate Najar's Swing Quartet

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

Featuring Nate on guitar, Adrian Cunningham on saxophone, Ed Metz on drums and Joe Porter on bass.

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. Continuing to perform at major venues and festivals across the entire globe, Nate’s latest album, Under Paris Skies, was released in 2018 on Woodward Avenue Records.

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Charlie Russo presents "Through the Years with Frank Sinatra"

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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Scott Dickinson Trio

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

Scott Dickinson - trumpet; Bobby Koelble - guitar and Ben Kramer - bass.

Trumpeter/composer/vocalist, Scott Dickinson, has won or placed in multiple performance, arrangement, and composition contests including the International Trumpet Guild, the National Trumpet Competition, Downbeat Student Music Awards, and the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest.

He’s performed with jazz greats such as Larry Coryell, Alphonse Mouzon, Richie Cole, and Michael Feinstein, and is a member of the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra.

Professional and collegiate groups across the nation have played Scott’s arrangements, and he’s been commissioned to create music for jazz ensembles, choir, and orchestra.

The trio focuses on meticulous arrangements that highlight the groups’ intimate instrumentation. Songbook hits and jazz standards make up the bulk of the bands’ repertoire, but they also perform original compositions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6IAb7147d0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlgZKGH5r5k

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Dick Oats, Terell Stafford Quintet, featuring Adam Nussbaum

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

Three giants of the jazz genre come together for a special concert, presented in conjunction with the Orlando Jazz Workshop. Also featuring Per Danielson and Chuck Archard.

Students: Student tickets are discounted 20% at the door, but seating is limited. Please call 407-636-9951 to reserve your ticket.

http://www.dickoattsmusic.com http://www.adamnussbaum.net http://www.terellstafford.com http://www.orlandojazzworkshop.co

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Lisa Kelly/JB Scot 5tet with Guest Saxophonist Dan Jordan

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

Based in Florida, jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly has been performing regularly with her quartet, cultivating a unique repertoire of musical arrangements with her very dynamic rhythm section. The result has been an ensemble bonded in groove, free flowing in spontaneous creativity. Add to Kelly’s signature smooth, warm tone and Ella-influenced improvisation the sassy trumpet lines of JB Scott, with a style steeped in Clark Terry, Satchmo, and Freddie Hubbard, and you’ve got one formidable quintet rich in musical nuance and energy!

The quintet will be collaborating for this special Blue Bamboo concert with one of Orlando’s top jazz residents, renowned saxophonist and flautist Dan Jordan, known for his intimately warm sound, beautifully tasteful lines, and boundless energy. This concert will explore the musical conversation that is jazz, from original compositions to beloved Jazz Standards, expressed in styles of classic swing, straight-8th Latin, light funk, driving bebop, ballads, and a taste of New Orleans!

About the Artists: The Kelly/Scott quintet 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 U.S. and international 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 KELLY was the featured vocalist of the 2000 IAJE Sisters in Jazz all female combo, and with the UNF JE 1 big band, the St. Johns River City Band, the Larry Elgart Orchestra, and others. She has appeared with Ed Calle, Jane Monheit, the Jensen Sisters, and Jason Marsalis and other notables. A recognized composer, mentor, and pioneering music educator, Kelly holds a BM and MM in Jazz Studies from UNF.

JB SCOTT was a former leader of the world-famous Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans. He has performed with many jazz legends, including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Al Hirt, Arturo Sandoval, and Lynn Seaton. Scott was featured on the PBS special “A Salute to Jelly Roll Morton” with legendary Danny Barker, and with Skitch Henderson & the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He is Dir. of Jazz Studies at UNF, of the Great American Jazz Series, and acclaimed UNF JE 1.

DAN JORDAN has been an educator and musician since 1976, titled as Florida All State Jazz Band Tenor one for 1976-1977. He has taught at numerous schools including Rollins College and performed with a multitude of renowned artists, including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Dave Brubeck. Jordan was the alto soloist for 2 years with Maynard Ferguson, has performed on New York City Broadway, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and in countless shows and productions.

The rhythm section features 3 “young lions” of the music scene, already with regarded backgrounds in formal music study, recording and performing. Pianist JOSHUA BOWLUS has led groups and accompanied jazz notables, performing in clubs from Florida to NYC. Bassist MIKE PEREZ is one of the most in demand bassists in the north FL region, from jazz to R&B. Formerly with the USMC Band of New Orleans, JEREMY SMITH, was an All-State winning drummer, Essentially Ellington Competition 2000 “Best Drummer,” playing the Monterey Jazz Festival at age 17.

Website: www.kellyscottmusic.com

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

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

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

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