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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.


Baroque Chamber Orchestra

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

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Maitland returns to the Bamboo!

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra brings string players from the Maitland Symphony Orchestra together to put the best works of the Baroque period on today's stage. The Orchestra is the newest musical group of Performing Arts Matters.

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Sportiello, Parrott & Metz

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

Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott & Eddie Metz

Jazz has only been around for only the last 100 years, give or take a few years and there have been many different instrumentations over the years, but maybe none of them have been more popular than the traditional combination of piano, bass and drums. The big name trios come to mind immediately: Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Bud Powell, Tommy Flanigan, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, George Shearing, Bill Charlap, Shelley Manne, Jeff Hamilton, and the list goes on and on and on. After attending this performance, you will be adding the names Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott and Eddie Metz to this list of outstanding jazz trios.

Collectively, Sportiello, Parrott & Metz have appeared on hundreds of recordings with such jazz luminaries as Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Buddy DeFranco, Bucky Pizzarelli, Harry Allen and many more. As a trio, they have recorded four CDs exclusively on the ARBORS Jazz label. www.arborsrecords.com

As a trio, Rossano, Nicki and Eddie have played together since 2008 when they appeared together at the Arbors Jazz Party in Clearwater, FL. Mat Domber, founder of Arbors Records, after hearing their set, asked them to record as a trio. Since then, they have recorded three more trio CDs for Arbors and have appeared around the world at jazz festivals, concerts and clubs, carrying on the tradition of piano-based trio jazz. You will be amazed at their individual and collective technique and imaginative improvisation, playing songs with familiar melodies, ear catching harmony, ultra-sensitive dynamics and entertaining showmanship. Please, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

www.rossanosportiello.com

www.nickiparrott.com

www.eddiemetzjr.com

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Ben Rosenblum Trio

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

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an “impressive talent” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). Ben is based primarily in New York City, and is a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program (in 2016). His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano. His profound passion for jazz, swing and world music genres finds expression in his unique fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. Ben's first priority in his composition and in his playing is always narrative – to tell a compelling story with his music, while reaching the hearts of his audience, connecting on an emotional, an intellectual and a spiritual level.

http://www.benrosenblummusic.com/about.html.

Videos: Delilah (Victor Young): https://youtu.be/n8l3w42zsWo?t=28s

River City (Ben Rosenblum): https://youtu.be/8j7mTiyI2qY

Celia (Bud Powell): https://youtu.be/2CqSfrB98R4

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Jeff Rupert Quartet featuring Veronica Swift

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

The outstanding Jeff Rupert Quartet with stunning jazz vocalist, Veronica Swift, return to the Bamboo. Don't miss this very special performance!

Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, a record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists like Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a GRAMMY. He played with the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also played with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew Jr., trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

https://www.facebook.com/JeffRupertSax/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smRlRZqoo4c

At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.

In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. She first appeared there at age 10 with Dave Adams’ Young Razzcals Jazz Project and the great saxophonist Richie Cole and later she sang a duet with the featured artist, Paquito d’Rivera. Then in April, 2017 she started her residency a the infamous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. On into 2018, Veronica began touring with her trio (Emmet Cohen Trio) as well as Benny Green Trio, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Chris Botti appearing at Jazz Showcase, Monterey and Montreal Jazz festivals, two runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center: Shanghai, China, and Marians' Jazz Showroom in Bern, Switzerland.

Veronica grew up on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. It was with them where she first appeared at The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Veronica recorded two CDs as a child – one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen.

Her 2015 Album “Lonely Woman” features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl Johns (with whom she shared the Grammy Choir/Band experience), Matt Wigler, and Scott Lowrie.

In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music and has sung with Vince Giordano, Terry Waldo, and Drew Nugent.

https://www.veronicaswift.com

The Buzzcatz Valentine's Concert: Recipe For Love - 7:30pm Show

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

The Buzzcatz will serenade Valentines with some of the most romantic songs ever written. Ricky Sylvia and his all star band are celebrating their 20th year as one of Central Florida's favorite acts. The band covers a variety of genres, from Sinatra to Soul, and features The Buzzcat horns - Doug Spoonamore (tenor), Brian Snapp (Alto), Jim Derrick (trumpet), and Pat Gullotta (trombone). Special guest star Naome Bradshaw will also be joining the band for this Valentine's night to remember.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

The Buzzcatz Valentine's Concert: Recipe For Love - 10:00pm Show

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

The Buzzcatz will serenade Valentines with some of the most romantic songs ever written. Ricky Sylvia and his all star band are celebrating their 20th year as one of Central Florida's favorite acts. The band covers a variety of genres, from Sinatra to Soul, and features The Buzzcat horns - Doug Spoonamore (tenor), Brian Snapp (Alto), Jim Derrick (trumpet), and Pat Gullotta (trombone). Special guest star Naome Bradshaw will also be joining the band for this Valentine's night to remember.

https://www.thebuzzcatz.band/home

Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci

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

Chieli Minucci - guitar, bandleader; Joel Rosenblatt - drums; Jerry Brooks - bass and Jay Rowe - piano, keys

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX, featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 35 years. Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others. Although renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, and others. Chieli’s original scoring work can be heard in live stage productions of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and others.

http://chielimusic.com/

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

Baroque Chamber Orchestra

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

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Maitland returns to the Bamboo!

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra brings string players from the Maitland Symphony Orchestra together to put the best works of the Baroque period on today's stage. The Orchestra is the newest musical group of Performing Arts Matters.

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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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