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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.


Edie Carey

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

PRESS QUOTES: "Edie Carey is gifted with one of those voices that could sound great singing anything. Vulnerable and pleasing, Carey draws us into her world, where we find we have a lot in common." - Paste Magazine

“Carey...found her true calling in music. Her pop-folk songs are smart tales of love, life and longing." - Chicago Sun-Times

“Given the triple threat of her magnetic stage presence, heart-grabbing songs, and almost unearthly voice, it's no wonder that the word about Carey is traveling fast.”- ­Springfield Republican

MUSIC VIDEOS / LIVE PERFORMANCE CLIPS: Love (official music video) https://youtu.be/SDH5V_418ME With You Now (official music video) https://youtu.be/E15STXG7WgY These Things (live solo) https://youtu.be/_mDCsQgu90Q The Night (live) https://youtu.be/Yp9jv-3FMGA

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Scott Whitfield

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

Scott returns to the Bamboo with some dear friends.

Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is internationally recognized for his work with many contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin’s Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East and West). Whitfield’s discography includes 7 recordings as leader and more than 50 recordings with other artists. In addition to his own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen’s 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra.

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Allan Vaché presents the Opus 5 Woodwind Quintet

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

Allan Vaché presents the Opus 5 Woodwind Quintet and The Allan Vaché Quartet

The Opus 5 Woodwind Quintet, featuring clarinetist Vanessa Vaché, playing jazz arrangements written by Allan Vaché and The Allan Vaché Quartet playing selections from his Arbors CD Look to the Sky and new CD It Might As Well Be Swing.

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Bobby Messano

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

Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Artist who has released seven Solo CDs, placed songs in manyTV and Cable shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums. His playing has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones’ smash hit “Into The Night”. The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT”.

Live he has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy.

Bobby has played or headlined BAMFEST, The Charleston Blues Festival, Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest, Charlotte Speed StreeEPK Filest, Blues Brews & BBQ, Blues At The Beach, Bayfront Blues Festival, Deltaville Seafood Festival, Willow River Blues Fest, Ambassador Blues Fest, Colonial Beach Blues Festival, and Southern Maryland Blues Festival.

The guitarist’s last five CD’s ( “Holdin’ Ground”,” Bobby Messano Live In Madison”, “that’s why i don’t sing the blues “, “Welcome To Deltaville” and “Love & Money”) have garnered 26 Grammy 1st Round ballots in 8 categories and airplay on over 275 Blues shows. “that’s why i don’t sing the blues” was on the American Blues Scene’s Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and was named 2012 TOP BLUES/ROCK ALBUM (USA) by Blues Underground Network.

Between 2012 and 2016, Bobby played over 400 shows in 32 states to over a ½ million people.

On December 22nd 2012, the artist was inducted into the “BLUES HALL OF FAME”. His CD’s are heard daily on “Sirius/XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville and “LOVE & MONEY” which was released in April 2015 was nominated for a prestigious Blues Blast Award for “Best Rock-Blues Album” in August 2015. It debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at # 7, peaked at #1 and spent a total of nine weeks in the Top 10. It was also #7 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and Top 40 on both the Billboard Rock and Indie Charts. “Love & Money” also ended 2015 at #44 on the Roots Music Report Chart.

http://www.bobbymessano.com

video: https://youtu.be/TT8ikZZTzsI

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SCC Big Band Reunion under the direction of Dr. William J. Hinkle

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

During the early through mid 1980s, the Seminole Community College Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Dr. William J. Hinkle, was considered one of the finest ensembles in the state of Florida by many in the music education scene. Dr. Hinkle was able to recruit some of the finest young up and coming talent from Central Florida, and his bands were great. Seminole Community College also boasted an impressive faculty of private teachers who honed the skills of these young players to prepare them for professional careers. The band went on to impress at college jazz festivals all over Florida. Tours to New York City and performances at William Patterson College as well as a southern tour to Memphis, New Orleans and Atlanta made for exciting times for the “Animals” as Doc fondly referred to them. That was 35 or more years ago now. Many of Seminoles alumni have gone on to have illustrious careers in the music industry. Some of the members are local legends. Tonight, we honor the man without whom none of this would have happened, Dr. William J. Hinkle, or Doc as he is called. This concert will feature former students, faculty instructors and close friends of Dr. Hinkle under his baton. It will be a swinging night of big band and combo music, and surely a few surprises along the way. "This ones for you Doc”!

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Nate Najar Trio

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

NATE NAJAR AND DAN LEVINSON “SWING 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” (2016). 2017’s “Christmas In December” marked Nate’s return to Woodward Avenue Records.

Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan Levinson’s roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen's band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, New York's preeminent 1920s orchestra, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. He has recorded over 100 CDs, including nine under his own name. Dan can be heard on the soundtracks to the films The Cat's Meow, Ghost World, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, as well as the Grammy Award winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.

Nate and Dan are joined by bassist Tommy Cecil. Active in the Washington, DC jazz scene since 1976, he has established himself as one of the most in-demand players in the area. Tommy has had long associations with many of DC’s favorite jazz greats, including John Eaton, Buck Hill, Charlie Byrd, Dick Morgan, Shirley Horn, Brooks Tegler, and the Redd Brothers. As a freelancer, Tommy has worked with Mose Allison, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Henderson, and many other star artists. Concert appearances have taken Tommy throughout the U.S. and overseas. Tommy is featured on dozens of recordings as a sideman. As a leader, he has released three albums: “Our Time: Sondheim Duos Volume 2” and “Side by Side: Sondheim Duos” with pianist Bill Mays; and “Samba for Felix” featuring Tommy Flanagan, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, Paul Bollenback, and Cyro Baptista. He released two albums with pianist Louis Scherr, including “The Song Is You” and “Warm Valley featuring Joe Henderson.”

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