We have been working around the clock to create an online alternative that provides the same level of quality and musicianship you have come to expect from our live events.  We are converting as many public events to online events as possible, through the month of April or for as long as necessary.  We're scheduling online, streaming events as we would any other public concert.  Advance tickets are on sale for $15 or $20 at time of event, and advanced ticket holders will be sent a special code via email to attend the online event on the day of show. 

There will be community tickets for those who can't afford it, and free events too.  This is meant to be all inclusive.  Guests can count on the show time, and variety of shows, and we will do our best to provide a full calendar of shows.  We hope this helps everyone continue to connect and enjoy the arts, which are more important now, than ever.  

Due to mandatory stay at home orders, we will suspend live pay per view events until 4/7.  We hope to return to production soon.  In the meantime, please visit the Pay Per View page and enjoy a variety of archived material.  We'll be back soon.  Chris Cortez, Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts

Blue Bamboo Center For the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3), NON-PROFIT, charitable corporation. Registration #: CH46010


Please scroll down to see upcoming events, and click on the individual items to learn more and purchase tickets.  Tickets are also available at the door if the show has not sold out.  We offer a 20% student or military discount.  Just present your student or military ID and purchase your ticket at the door or call ahead to reserve your seats.  Parking is available in our lot, the grassy lot across the street or in the paved lot directly to the West of us.  

Previous events

Jam Jones Online Concert

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

A Funk’n Rock’n Band that features American Idol Finalist Curtis Gray. Jam Jones delivers energetic Funk, Rock and Soul ventures that will kick you into high gear along with heart twisting and touching love songs. This band will bend your mind and lift your soul. So if you're jones'n for a jam like no other, Jam Jones is the band for you.

Jam Jones Band: American Idol Finalist Curtis Gray - Keys - Vocals - Acoustic Guitar; Adam Landry - Bass & Vocals; Paul Cazares - Guitar

*Special guests: Luis Antonio Alicea - Drums (Al Di Meola - Julio Iglesias - The Electrik Rendezvous - The Alan Carmen Project); The Funkman Jack Henriquez - Hammond B3 - Piano - Vocals

Advanced tickets are $15, and $20 at time of show. Advanced ticket holders will be sent a link via email, and the event will be live at https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video

Advance tickets are limited. If we run out of advance tickets, you can still enjoy the concert by going to https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video at 3:00p.m. EDT and purchasing a ticket at that time. Passwords for the online event will be found at the bottom of your emailed receipt. The password will not be active until show time.

Souljam - Online Concert

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

NOTE - ADVANCE TICKETS CEASE AT 8PM. THEN YOU CAN STILL BUY TICKETS ON THE PPV PAGE HERE - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video

Souljam joins us for an all original, online pay per view concert event.

Souljam is a rock/soul jam band featuring Will Keehner on bass; Anna Keehner on lead vocals & guitar; Patrick Williams on drums; Brandon Putzke on percussion and John Carpenter on guitar & vocals.

The group plays select cover tunes in addition to writing and performing their own material. Even when playing material by other bands and writers, creativity and self expression lie at Souljam's core. They may hover within the parameters familiar to fans of classic rock or those acquainted with Phish, the Grateful Dead and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, but their listeners are stimulated by Souljam's new and exciting arrangements.

https://www.souljamband.com

Advanced tickets are $15, and $20 at time of show. Advanced ticket holders will be sent a link via email, and the event will be live at https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video.

https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video

Advance tickets are limited. If we run out of advance tickets, you can still enjoy the concert by going to https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video at 8:00p.m. and purchase it.

Terri Binion and Beth McKee - ONLINE CONCERT

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

Join us for our first ever online Pay Per View (PPV) concert event as we proudly present the music of Terri Binion and Beth McKee.

In an effort to offer some semblance of normalcy in this extraordinary time, we have scheduled this online event as we would any other concert. Advance tickets are on sale for $15 or $20 at time of event. Advanced ticket holders will be sent a special code via email to attend the online event. I hope you will join us for what is sure to be an extraordinary and emotional night of music. Thanks for supporting the arts.

Note: If you purchased a ticket for the live concert prior to March 14, 2020, you are invited to attend the online PPV event free of charge, and will receive the code to view the concert via email.

The event can be found at https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video at 8PM Friday, March 20th. After that, it will continue to be available as a streaming Pay Per View event.

Terri Binion is an Orlando treasure!

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/

Beth McKee is the gestalt of all the places she’s settled. From her native Mississippi, where she learned the blues first hand from Malaco Records session musicians, to her immersion in the scenes of Austin, New Orleans, and now Orlando – all their musical terroir is in her sound. But those influences, too, have become less distinct in the distillation of Beth’s aesthetic. You’ll recognize the hues if you really wanna parse it. But if you just listen, you’ll hear a sound that is quintessentially Southern. It’s tapped from the roots and rolls like honey.

http://bethmckee.com/

Advance tickets have sold out, but you can still enjoy the concert. At 8:00p.m., go to https://bluebambooartcenter.com/pay-per-view-live-and-streaming-video and purchase it. Tickets at time of show are $20.00.

Thank you for supporting the arts!

Scott Mulvahill with Opening Act by Terri Binion - RESCHEDULED

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

Due to an abundance of caution, Scott Mulvahill has decided to reschedule his event for tonight. The new date will be announced as soon as possible. If you have tickets, they will be honored on the new show date.

We ask that you please bear with us during this strange time, as we work to reschedule the show. When we announce the new date, if you are unable to attend, we will happily process a refund at that time. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work to keep each other safe.

As of today, all other shows are still scheduled to go on as planned. We are cleaning the venue vigorously, and observing all recommended precautions for a room our size. We’re also working to create online streaming options. Thanks for your patience and understanding. We hope to see you soon.

Thursday Night Hang! Dave Sheffield Trio

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

Free admission!

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 Great 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

This event is sponsored by the City of Winter Park.

Orlando Jazz Orchestra Quintet Presents: A Tribute to JJ Johnson & Kai Winding

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

Join the Orlando Jazz Orchestra Quintet as they feature two full-length albums recorded by the godfather of jazz trombone, JJ Johnson, alongside the artistry of Kai Winding. Together the duo recorded hundreds of tunes showcasing the sound of trombone mastery. From arranging to playing, it is clear how two trombonists managed to record dozens of hit albums together. To fill the roles of JJ and Kai, Corey Paul and Derrick Harris take the stage with Greg Parnell on drums; Bob Thornton on piano and Greg Zabel on bass. Come enjoy an evening of classic tunes that 'swing' along with a few surprises on the way!

http://www.orlandojazzorchestra.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bluebambooartcenter/videos/1945737822109071/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0XMjFzjeQ0

Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes

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

Come on out for an evening of fun, interactive music with the talented Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes! Jason is a former Florida State Champion on both fiddle and mandolin, and Billy is known for having one of the greatest country voices in Central Florida! After years of performing at Disney, this experienced acoustic duo brings their own brand of entertainment to the Blue Bamboo!! You'll hear bluegrass, country, blues, Cajun, Celtic, southern rock, oldies, and originals. Make sure to request a song! They may just try it, whether they know it or not!

https://www.facebook.com/JasonandBilly/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/198128880586031/

Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Dave Mackenzie/Ron Mills Quartet

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

Dave Mackenzie/Ron Mills Quartet pay tribute to Dave Brubeck.

David Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke." Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his mother's classical training and his own improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures as well as superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

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

Jeff Rupert Quartet featuring Stephanie Nakasian

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, Richard Drexler on piano and Stephanie Nakasian on vocals.

Stephanie Nakasian is a former singer with vocal master Jon Hendricks and Company and the Jim Cullum jazz band. She is the mother of jazz sensation Veronica Swift.

Stephanie is an exciting, well-seasoned vocalist and master of innovative jazz improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and vibrant sound all her own. Bringing high energy to every performance, Stephanie enthralls listeners with her pure tones and a flawless delivery, engaging them on a personal level with a love for the music that is playful, electric and spontaneous in story and song. She continues to tour and record as a vocal leader.

https://www.stephanienakasian.com/

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

Heather Thorn and Vivacity

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

Vivacity presents the band that went to Brazil to headline the Festival I Love Jazz in September! They will perform the same show with the musicians who traveled to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to perform for 5,000 jazz lovers. This show will be reminiscent of the classic hits Vivacity has established over the last three years! Featuring Heather Thorn - xylophone; Eddie Metz (the Count Basie Orchestra) - drums; Per Danielsson - piano; Greg Zabel (The Glenn Miller Orchestra) - bass; John DePaola - trumpet and Dave Mackenzie - saxophone, clarinet and flute.

http://vivacitymusic.com/

Night at the Movies - New Record Release from Svetlana

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

About the Show: Night at the Movies, is a fourteen-track collection of jazz arrangements of film music that spans a century of cinema - based on Svetlana’s chart topping record Night at the Movies which debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Jazz Album Charts / #2 on Jazz Album Charts. The concert is also a love letter to dreaming — both the night and its mysteries, as well as reflecting the yearning for something more, escaping from unwanted realities through imagination and optimism, and persevering despite all odds. Svetlana's Night at the Movies takes listeners on a dynamic musical journey that ranges from the French New Wave and Soviet Cinema, to modern day Academy Award-winners, and animated classics - presented by the New York Swing Collective, the ensemble of New York emerging jazz stars. Film and music both express a fleeting beauty. Night at the Movies reflects these moments of joy and passion, sharp humor and reflection, and most of all, fantasy - and the concert program transports the audience to the carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from sophisticated retrospection to a joyful rowdy dance party.

About Svetlana: Russian-by-birth American-by-Music Svetlana is "Astrud Gilberto in New York via Moscow" (Guy Eckstine), "erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse" (Lucid Culture), that leads her "subtle, compelling, eclectically torchy jazz combos" (NY Music Daily) playing music that is firmly based in the jazz tradition but is also for "here and now" (New York Music Daily), "sophisti-pop… exuberant, foot-stompin’ music that combines swing with pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities”. (WPIX11 News). Svetlana and her band have headlined sold out shows in the premier venues and festivals across the US and internationally gaining critical acclaim from audiences and press alike by presenting exhilarating shows that combine Svetlana's exciting vocals, with the the power, and unpredictable improvisational aspects of her various ensembles.

Svetlana's debut album Night at the Speakeasy has been produced by Grammy Award Winning Guy Eckstine, has premiered among the "most added" on JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts and has been released to critical acclaim (Top 10 2015 albums, Classicalite, Vents Magazine, Bill's Place Music). Svetlana's 2019 album, Night at the Movies, has debuted #1 on Billboard Traditional Jazz Album Charts / #2 on Jazz Album Charts. It was produced by Grammy Award nominated Matt Pierson, and arranged by Grammy Award winning Gil Goldstein, and features Wycliffe Gordon, Sullivan Fortner, Pasquale Grasso, Rogerio Boccato, and more.

Videos: Moonlight (from movie Sabrina, 1995) https://youtu.be/5zKhkhfvxMY

Cheek to Cheek (from movie Top Hat, 1935): https://youtu.be/IE9cIe_8wwU

Night at the Movies EPK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j1m0KjullY

Recent Press:
”Energetic…. Outstanding vocalist” - Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal “Effortless and delicate, sincere, and ethereal” PopMatters | ”Gorgeous alto conveys the essence of the song so beautifully.... essaying with smoldering restrained passion... drawing the listener into the world these songs evoke”... NYC Jazz Record ”Refined voice… gorgeous atmosphere” - The Walker, Japan ”Beautiful voice, sharp phrasing, ability to turn every track into a small play with its own plot - and mainly, jazz feeling” - JazzQuad, Russia ”Sultry and sensuous trip....Anthem of positivity.... Replete with yearning and dreaminess”.... Aquarian, USA

http://svetlanajazz.com/

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

Private Event

This is a private event.

Bob James Trio Featuring Will Patrick 10:00pm Show

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

Bob James Trio featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and Special Guest Will Patrick on Guitar

Bob James is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote the theme song for the TV show Taxi.

Come join us for a fabulous night!

http://bobjames.com

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

Bob James Trio Featuring Will Patrick 7:30pm Show - SOLD OUT

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

The 7:30pm show has sold out. Tickets are still available for the 10:00pm show.

Bob James Trio featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and Special Guest Will Patrick on Guitar

Bob James is an American Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer. He founded the band Fourplay and wrote the theme song for the TV show Taxi.

Come join us for a fabulous night!

http://bobjames.com

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

The 7:30pm show has sold out. Tickets are still available for the 10:00pm show.

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Important!  If you have received free tickets from one of our representatives, please call 407-636-9951 to reserve your seat.  We may not be able to guarantee your seat without a reservation.


Community Tickets – Please 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.