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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! 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

Orlando Jazz Orchestra

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

The Orlando Jazz Orchestra customizes their performance to include authentic selections from the libraries of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, and other such luminaries of the big band era.

Musical director, Greg Parnell, is the former road manager and drummer for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Les Brown’s Band of Renown, Nelson Riddle Orchestra as well as many other bands. Greg takes what he has learned from performing with these groups and applies it to produce these musical tributes in an authentic and respectful manner. The orchestra is made up of the best jazz musicians in Central Florida.

http://www.orlandojazzorchestra.com/

Gretchen Peters

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

Gretchen Peters is an American singer and songwriter. She was born in New York and raised in Boulder, Colorado, but moved to Nashville in the late 1980's. She found work as a songwriter, composing hits for Martina McBride, Etta James, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Anne Murray, Shania Twain, Neil Diamond and co-writing songs with Bryan Adams.

In addition, Peters has released seven studio albums of her own. The title track of her 1996 debut album The Secret of Life was later recorded by Faith Hill in 1999.

There’s a bittersweet beauty to the passing of time — the changes it brings are just as often heartbreaking as they are heartwarming. The inevitable tension that arises from that sway is Gretchen Peters’ most trusted muse. “The years go by like days. Sometimes the days go by like years. And I don’t know which one I hate the most,” she sings in “Arguing with Ghosts,” the hauntingly wistful opening cut on her new album, Dancing with the Beast.

Between the melody and the melancholy, the song sets the tone for all that is to come after and lifts the album over the high artistic bar set by her last outing, 2015’s award-winning Blackbirds.

Artist Quotes: Gretchen Peters is a songwriters writer - the kind of inspiring artist and writer we strive to be like and one we use as a measuring stick for our own work. -Brandy Clark

Beautiful, brave and poetic, "The Matador" literally inspires me to tears. Hand over my heart. Rodney Crowell

This is seasoned writing - full of a woman' s heart and soul - and short stories brought into song length. Full of beauty and real life from a grand voice... beautiful. -Darrell Scott

The songs are timeless and true, and her mastery of melody and language is profound. It's an amazing and beautiful work of art, and people need to hear it. -Mary Gauthier

https://www.gretchenpeters.com

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Robbin The Bank

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

Robbin the Bank features high voltage hammered dulcimer player Robyn Rogers accompanied by upright bass, guitar/banjo and fiddle. Together the quartet brings traditional instruments pushing the envelope in musical styles and entertainment. The band specializes in progressive Celtic, classical, swing, show tunes and classic rock.

Stand-up bass by Todd Maynard, plus uniquely arranged banjo and guitar work by Wayne Rogers, utilizing alternate tunings and percussive claw hammer techniques.

Violin/fiddle is delightfully inserted by Brevard’s acclaimed fiddle instructor, Kricket Moros.

Robbin the Bank has won first place in Buskerfest 2017 and performs at national festival performances and parties, both public and private.

Join us for an afternoon of musical fascination!

https://youtu.be/9n7x0ynlCqM

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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.

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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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Violet Bell with Opening Act by William Hinson

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

WILLIAM HINSON is an indie folk-pop singer-songwriter who originally hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Citing The Beatles, John Mayer, Hall and Oates, and The 1975 as his biggest influences, William fuses catchy, relatable lyrics with feel-good compositions to create a sound that has landed him performance slots on radio, festivals, college campuses, and beloved regional venues such as The Ramkat, PULP in the Orange Peel, The Mothlight, The Grey Eagle, and Cat’s Cradle.

William’s music has garnered over 1 million streams on Spotify alone, and averages anywhere from 25,000 to 45,000 monthly listeners on the platform at any given time. Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 releases of his three-part EP series Elevator Music are available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other streaming services.

In 2019, William will be releasing new music from a forthcoming project entitled Everything Will Be Okay. The first three singles Ireland, Help!, and Proximity are available now. https://www.williamhinson.com/

VIOLET BELL's original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic, and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.

Based out of Durham, the pair have played more than 300 shows in just over two years, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident in person and in videos of these live performances. The two share a mutual love of rock, hip-hop and R&B that, through what Ross calls “mixing medicines,” finds its way into their traditionally rooted music.

In addition to crafting their own tunes, Ross and Ruiz-Lopez are both involved in music education in the Durham area, providing youths with songwriting, instrumental and vocal instruction as well as teaching them about the realities of life for professional touring artists. Violet Bell has worked with KidzNotes, the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Fair, the Savannah Folk Music Society, and others to engage local communities of all ages in educational and inspiring performances and workshops.

Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as Americanafest, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, Campfire Festival, the Haw River Ballroom, Folk Alliance International, and many more.

See Violet Bell live on Woodsongs Radio Hour: https://youtu.be/S8WtWN0OxSM?t=1632

Website -http://www.lizzy.net

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Artur Menezes

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

The fabulous guitarist for the Blues Beatles, Artur Menezes, is returning to Blue Bamboo with his own group!

Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist by the Blues Foundation and 3rd place at the International Blues Challenge 2018, Artur Menezes is an indie artist taking the blues rock scene by storm! As a highly energetic guitarist, singer and songwriter, Art impresses the crowds with his feeling and showmanship. Although very much influenced by blues, he crosses genres with psychedelic rock, funk and brazilian rhythms such as “baião”, creating his own voice and sound, which has been attracting younger audiences and helping to keep the blues alive.

Based in Los Angeles, the Brazilian artist is making his name playing around U.S., promoting his latest album “Keep Pushing” (4th album) and his new single / music video “Fight for Your Love”.

Read more about Artur and listen to his music here: https://www.arturmenezes.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keI5POGxJGE&feature=youtu.be

Photo credit: Allison Morgan

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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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Cowboys and Frenchmen

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

Cowboys & Frenchmen is a new take on instrumentation, composition, and orchestration for the jazz quintet. “The band makes a glorious sound – more like a larger ensemble at times – providing intriguing, innovative and sublime music,” [Mike Gates, UK Vibe]. The front line of two alto saxophones is the vehicle for reimagining the role of horns in a small group setting, charting new territory by exploring individuality within the same timbre.

The New York City-based quintet released its debut album Rodeo in 2015 on Outside In Music, which garnered terrific reviews and enjoyed top placement on radio charts. Their 2017 release, Bluer Than You Think, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Truesdell, and received a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

Cowboys & Frenchmen was a featured presenter at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. They performed at the D.C. Jazz Festival in 2016 as finalists in the inaugural D.C. JazzPrix Competition, and again in 2017 as a featured artist. They were also selected to perform at Umbria Jazz Festival’s 2017 Conad Jazz Contest, and were semi-finalists in the 2018 M-Prize.

Owen Broder, alto and bari saxophones; Ethan Helm, alto saxophone; Addison Frei, piano; Ethan O'Reilly, bass; Matt Honor, drums

http://www.cowboysandfrenchmen.com/about

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Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra led by Jeff Rupert

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

FSYO's new Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Rupert, is a 17-20 piece ensemble that focuses on the study of big band jazz music. Students learn the theory behind jazz composition and improvisation and have the opportunity to do sectional work with some of the area's top jazz musicians. The Jazz Orchestra is comprised of students ages 13 to 20.

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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

Richie Cole

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

Richie Cole on saxophone; Bob Thornton on piano; Charlie Silva on bass and Eddie Metz on drums.

Richie started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own “Alto Madness” style in the 70’s and early 80’s.

Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations. Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as gave a command performance for the Queen of England.

Cole has recorded over 50 albums and CDs, including his top hit album “Hollywood Madness” (1979 Muse Records) and his tribute album to Leonard Bernstein, “Richie Cole Plays West Side Story” (1997 Music Masters Jazz).

A prolific composer, Cole also finds time to arrange for full big bands, symphony orchestras and frequent performances at jazz festivals worldwide. Moreover, he enjoys sharing his love of music with younger generations and is active recording, touring and presenting university master classes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNhyg-2w5NU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VZnzoZcoao

https://www.facebook.com/RichieColeMusic/

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Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Per Danielsson Group

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

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, writer and Associate Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Central Florida, Per Danielsson is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up with a jazz guitar-playing father, Per was exposed to the sounds of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans at an early age. After formal piano studies in Sweden, which included lessons with Robert Malmberg and world-renowned jazz pianist Bengt Hallberg, his love of jazz brought him across the ocean to attend the internationally acclaimed North Texas State University.

Per is an active performer, appearing often as a guest artist, soloist, clinician, and sideman. His career has included performances with many leading jazz artists and entertainers such as Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Rosemary Clooney, Don Braden, Lynn Seaton, Eric Alexander, Bobby Shew, Nick Brignola and Maureen McGovern. As the pianist for Chuck Owen’s innovative big band, The Jazz Surge, Per has recently performed and/or recorded with Slide Hampton, Gerald Wilson, Randy Brecker, Mike Mainieri, Adam Nussbaum, Frank Foster, Stephan Harris, Neena Freelon, Bill Holman, Karrin Allyson, Bob Brookmeyer, Ingrid Jensen, John Abercrombie and Danny Gottlieb. He has also performed with Swedish jazz legends Arne Domnerus and Jan Alan.

http://www.perdanielsson.com

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

Richard Drexler

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

This is the fourth and last of a series of solo piano dates featuring Richard Drexler at the Blue Bamboo in 2019. Richard plans to play one composition by each of a list of his favorite pianists - Richie Beirach, Alan Broadbent, Billy Childs, Chick Corea, Bill Cunliffe, Wolfgang Dauner, Garry Dial, Bill Evans, Manfredo Fest, Clare Fischer, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, Hampton Hawes, Eddie Haywood, Fred Hersch, Keith Jarrett, Bill Mays, Thelonious Monk, Duke Pearson, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Bobby Timmons, Ralph Towner, McCoy Tyner, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, Larry Willis and whoever else there's time for.

Richard Drexler is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer/arranger from Bloomington-Normal, IL. He has lived in central Florida since 1985.

After eleven years at the University of Central Florida and four years at Valencia College as an adjunct on their Jazz Studies faculties, he has moved into a full-time similar role at UCF (which also awarded him their first masters degree in music composition).

He has played on around 200 recordings; played piano in the Woody Herman Orchestra for over twenty years; was the bassist in trios of Kenny Drew Jr., Dick Hyman and others.

Richard's live duo recording with UCF Director of Jazz Studies, Jeff Rupert, placed high on all the national jazz radio tracking charts for most of 2017.

His main traveling gig for 16 years has been with electric bassist Jeff Berlin, with whom Richard plays both piano and acoustic bass. He has subbed with eleven Florida orchestras on seven instruments, plus in groups as diverse as Cheap Trick, Little Anthony & the Imperials and Saigon Kick; singers he has worked with include Mose Allison, Karrin Allyson, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone, Dena DeRose, Donovan, Bob Dorough, Connie Francis, Amy Grant, Al Jarreau, Frankie Laine, Idina Menzel, Mark Murphy, Freda Payne, Bernadette Peters, Mel Torme’ and Roseanna Vitro.

Richard assisted Peruvian guitarist/composer/producer Richie Zellon on much of the Songosaurus label catalog, fusing jazz and South American rhythms, with Alex Acuña, Gato Barbieri, Jerry Bergonzi, Paquito d’Rivera, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi and others. His playing has been favorably reviewed in Down Beat, Jazz Improv, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and in dozens of online publications. Richard is one of just over a hundred players profiled in The New Face of Jazz, a Billboard (Random House) book by Cicily Janus with forewords by jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller and Sonny Rollins, and has played with 40 of the other featured players.

“I have heard the future of Jazz, and it is Richard Drexler.” – Eric Addeo, Joel Chriss and Co., Jazz Times Magazine, 2004.

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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

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

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

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

https://bluebamboomusic.com/music

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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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George Grosman and Swing Boutique

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

SWING BOUTIQUE plays a unique combo of French and Gypsy flavored jazz...think anything from Django Reinhardt to Edith Piaf, with a generous smattering of New Orleans flavor added. Comprised of guitarist and vocalist George Grosman, fiddle and mandolin maestro Bo Frazer and accordion wizard John Keith, with the frequent addition of Nick Rosaci on upright bass and occasionally a clarinet/reeds player. Between the members, the performing experience is vast and includes everything from bar gigs to large performance halls and festivals on three continents. Some examples include the Toronto Jazz Festival, the College Park Jazz Festival in Orlando, the National Performance Center in Ottawa, Canada, the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, performances in Savannah, Georgia and as far afield as Prague, Czech Republic.

More info at www.georgegrosman.com and http://artistecard.com/swingboutique

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