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David MacKenzie's Mind Meld Quintet 10/22/2021

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

Join us for an evening of jazz featuring all original compositions by multi-instrumentalist Dave MacKenzie (saxophones/flute/clarinet and music arranger).

Joining Dave are Walt Hubbard on drums, Chuck Archard on bass, LaRue Nickelson on guitar and Bob Thornton on piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOmVgL8Wxs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-syr66FFCw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA8BvU8xi74&t=1540s

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Gerald Law II & The Clutch

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

Drummer, composer, band leader Gerald Law II has built a reputation as the go-to drummer for jazz and R&B artists in Central Florida. If you’ve seen him play, you know why he’s affectionately called “the smiling drummer.” Law drives the rhythm and elevates the performance of everyone around him, including his own band The Clutch, featuring Joel Law (piano), Derrick Harvin (keyboards), LaVon Rushing (bass), and Paul Chong-You (trumpet).

Their latest project began in 2020 at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, following the death of George Floyd. As a black man, a new father, and concerned citizen, Gerald was inspired to explore the issue in a unique musical project. The result is a moving set of compositions focusing on our common humanity called "Who We Are." Gerald describes the project -

"When injustices and killings are carried out against Black people, the first images we see in the media are often presented in justification for their mistreatment or death. It isn’t until the nation is in uproar or violence breaks out that a light is shined on who these people were: mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends. Before the world is given a chance to feel empathy, the viral spread of images and facts, without context, obscures the reality that these are humans who did not deserve to die.

The ‘Who We Are’ project is intended to illuminate African-American culture. The music will portray who we are as people, using text and audio from interviews to amplify the sound and perspective of these voices — the sounds of these human beings."

Please join us for this intimate, revealing presentation, which will also feature selections from the Clutch’s two prior CD projects.

https://www.geraldlawmusic.com/music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ErtdqBmVL4

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Chase Shellee

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

Chase Shellee is a multifaceted performer who brings honesty, passion, and grit to the stage and beyond. There is a depth and complexity in her original mix of alternative rock, and she brings a rich, new flavor to covers and classic standards. Songstress and storyteller, lyricist and performer, she brings a sultry elegance to the stage as she weaves "a potent mix of Blues, cool, speakeasy Jazz. She can belt out vocals with a raspy grit, then bring them down with couth and ease." (Patrick Jude, Central Florida Post) Her fusion of genres and musicality is a refreshing take on modern rock.

https://youtu.be/PtNwmghBVQQ

https://youtu.be/-rkRLDuPbWY

https://chaseshellee.com/

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Jack Graham & Friends

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

Jack Graham is well known to fans of the Blue Bamboo, Living Room Theatre, and Pechakucha. His music is always thoughtful, inspiring, full of humor, and most of all LOVE. It always turn out to be just what you needed. Join us for another moving journey.

Guitarist Jack Graham plays Finger-style solos from the favorite parts of his life, mixed in with songs that have special meaning to him. His history is a mix of 60's and 70's teenage band experiences, Classical Guitar Study and lots of backyards and firesides.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYgV6QUAl9s

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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

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Ella and the Bossa Beat presents "A Night of Jobim"

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

Ella and the Bossa Beat are back again at the Blue Bamboo but this time presenting a special evening of “A Night of Jobim” featuring selections from the wonderful Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Bossa Nova classics featuring Ella Borges on vocals and piano, her father Magrus Borges on drums and percussion, accompanied by Charlie Silva on acoustic bass and Dan Jordan on sax and flute. Reserve your tickets early, you do not want to miss this special evening of Brazilian Jazz!

Ella & The Bossa Beat is a father-daughter duo that incorporates a mixture of Pop, Soul, Jazz and Brazilian influences. Ella Borges, singer/songwriter was born in Miami, and raised in Brazil. She sings in English, Portuguese and Spanish and plays piano, guitar, writes lyrics, composes, and co-produces with her father at their home studio. At age twenty-one, she presents a very unique style given her Brazilian roots and soulful voice. In 2020, she was awarded ‘The Focus Brazil’ award for Best Female Singer in Orlando. She is a fulltime student at Stetson University, majoring in International Business and Music.

Magrus Borges born in Belem do Para, Brazil, is a drummer, composer, producer and has played and recorded with many international artists such as: Shakira, Grace Jones, Astrud Gilberto, Tania Maria, Larry Coryell and many others. He is currently touring with Bebel Gilberto (daughter of legendary ‘Father of Bossa Nova’, Joao Gilberto). In 2021 Magrus was nominated for a Grammy together with Bebel Gilberto for her latest CD ‘Agora’. He has recorded six original CD’s and produced for various artists. Ella & The Bossa Beat performs at many local Jazz clubs, art festivals, restaurants and private events including Epcot/Disney and currently resident artist at Universal Studios/Portofino Hotel. In 2020, they had their debut CD “My Remedy”, and release party at Blue Bamboo and recently launched two new singles “Slipping Away” and “Underwater” part of their new EP available on all digital platforms.

For more information, follow them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellaandthebossabeat/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ellaandthebossabeat/

Website: www.ellaandthebossabeat.com

Email: ellaandthebossabeat@gmail.com

Subscribe to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/EllaTheBossaBeat

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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

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Bob James Quartet - 7:30pm

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

Bob James Quartet featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and David McMurray on Sax.

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

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Bob James Quartet - 9:30pm

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

Bob James Quartet featuring Michael Palazzolo on Acoustic Bass, James Adkins on Drums and David McMurray on Sax.

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

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Jeff Rupert Quartet - 11/13/2021

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

Join us for a fabulous night of jazz with Jeff on saxophone, Marty Morell 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=po2_ypZchi4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL4ybd6d0Hg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxqs5Fm3DGw

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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

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Cortez/Williams Project 11/19/2021

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

Come and celebrate with these jazz aficionados: Doug Mathews, Walt Hubbard, Bob Thornton, Dan Jordan, Chris Cortez, and Larry Williams.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OQIskrdEmM

Downloads of their just-released CD, Hermanos, are available now. Physical copies can be purchased online or at the concert.

To purchase a copy online please go to: https://bluebamboomusic.net/album/2029515/hermanos

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Don Soledad Quartet presents: Arte y Pasion 11/20/2021

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

The Don Soledad Quartet presents “Arte y Pasíon” (Art and Passion) – an evening of flamenco.

Join Don Soledad on flamenco guitar, Justin Steger on percussion, Tanner Johnson on violin and flamenco dancer Briana Small while they take you on a journey to Southern Spain.

Guitarist and recording artist Don Soledad has been a mainstay in the US and Florida talent pool since his move from the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon his arrival, Don has released two original albums and more recently, a 3 song EP in 2020. His dedication to the art of flamenco guitar started under the tutelage of flamenco guitar maestros living in the US, as well as in Andalucia, Spain. Performance highlights include; opening for Jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell, stints at the Versace Mansion in South Beach and performing for Gloria Estefan’s private parties as well as being the house band for 5 years at the Estefan’s resort Costa d’Este in Vero Beach.

"Arte y Pasíon" will feature original compositions from Soledad’s two albums, new repertoire and Don’s favorite compositions from Spanish flamenco guitar maestros as well as other surprises.

Briana Small, one of Central Florida’s most talented up-and-coming dancers, is one of the principal dancers for the local Orlando dance academy Flamenco del Sol. She has been dancing flamenco for 11 years and under the direction of maestra Tammy Weber Millar for 8 years. Briana is currently on rehearsals for a production under the direction by one of Madrid’s best flamenco dancers and artistic director for ‘Spain’s Got Talent’ show Carlos Rodriguez.

Justin Steger (percussionist), is a Florida native and UCF alumnus. Justin is also the main percussionist for Flamenco del Sol Orlando, as part of many productions since 2015. He also performs in the Central Florida area on vibraphone with his Jazz trio and annually in the field of orchestral percussion with the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra as well as the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

Tanner Johnson is a lifelong violinist and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the Pacific Northwest. He is known for his instrumental virtuosity and dynamic performing style. With two decades of performance experience, he has performed with bands and orchestras around the world, both as a soloist and a sideman. He studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and is currently a regular performer at Disney World. As a special events performer, he has impeccable 5 star reviews, and is a delight to audiences at all occasions. Notable performers Tanner has played alongside are John Patitucci, Ivan Lins, The Receiving End of Sirens, and The Dear Hunter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPvl5LrnSjQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h7PO-vq5-g

http://www.donsoledad.com/

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John DePaola Quintet

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

John DePaola (trumpet) and Dave MacKenzie (saxophone and flute) are back together again for an evening of TV themes biggest hits for the first set and then kick off the holidays with Christmas and Hanukkah songs for their final show of 2021, with Walt Hubbard on drums, Charlie Silva on bass and Bob Thornton on piano.

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Ryan Devlin's Electric Band

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

Featuring Ryan Devlin on saxophone; Anthony Aldissi on keyboards; Thomas Milovac on bass; Eric Bailey on drums and Zach Muth on guitar.

Performing songs from their upcoming album “The Shape of Light” Ryan Devlin’s Electric Band is taking aim at the 70s funk and fusion genres. Influenced by artists like Steve Grossman, Joe Henderson and Michael Brecker, Devlin and his quintet put their own modern spin on the some of the classic tenor giants' arsenal of tunes and vocabulary.

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Henhouse Prowlers

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

THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS ARE BLUEGRASS AMBASSADORS.

Founded 17 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education.

On stage, the group's enthralling performances give audiences a sense of how much they love what they do. On record - including their 2021 release and ninth full length album, The Departure - the band explores their collective life experiences through songwriting and intricate instrumentation. While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band bends and squeezes the traditional form into a sound all their own.

Working with the U.S. State Department and under their own nonprofit, Bluegrass Ambassadors, the Prowlers have toured over 25 countries across the globe. The group's experiences with people and musicians across Africa, Asia, Europe, and The Middle East have shaped the band’s world view and broadened the group’s direction towards bridging cultural gaps with music, educational programs and workshops. Using traditional American music as a foundation, connecting folk music and cultures the world over, the Prowlers incorporate international elements into their already robust repertoire of unique traditional American music.

Whether performing live or presenting workshops, and wherever they are, the Henhouse Prowlers find and spread the commonality we share as human beings through the universal language of music.

You can feel it at every show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x85ux5PKRek

Website: https://www.henhouseprowlers.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/henhouseprowlers/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/henhouseprowlers/

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Johny Carlsson and The Megabones

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

An afternoon of jazz featuring Pat Gullotta, Rick Abbott, Harold “H” Johnson, Corey Paul, Will Nestler, Johny Carlsson, Charlie Silva and Barry Smith.

PAT GULLOTTA – Trombone - Pat plays his trombone in a wide variety of styles via studio recordings, concerts, conventions and show productions. He has performed with several well-known artists including Natalie Cole, Don Henley, Wayne Newton, and many more. Pat is featured soloist for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and has appeared at many blues and jazz festivals around the U.S. and Europe. Currently Pat is performing with The BB King All Stars, Pat’s intensity and signature sound is truly one of a kind.

RICK ABBOTT - Trombone - Rick attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a Music Theory and Composition major. He was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony from 1977 - 1982 and with the DuPont World’s Fair Band in 1983. In 1984 Rick moved to Jacksonville, FL and performed with the Jack Heard Big Band as well as with his own jazz quartet from 1984 to 1986. He was a full time musician at Disney World from 1986 to 2010. Rick has performed with Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and many more. He's been a Broadway show musician for many years in the Orlando and Tampa areas and currently works with the band "Rocky & The Rollers.”

HAROLD “H” JOHNSON - Trombone - “H” has a BA from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Music Education from the Metropolitan State College. From 1972 until 1981, when he joined Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, “H” had worked, first as Principal Trombone in the Community Arts Symphony, Denver, CO as well as in Dixieland bands in NYC and in FL and on cruises. With Disney he has worked in a variety of venues from The Walt Disney World Band (Leader/Asst. Conductor) to Director of Entertainment of the Church Street Station, as well as, leader and front man for the Rosie O’Grady’s Goodtime Jazz Band. “H” is presently a longstanding member and leader of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.

COREY PAUL – Trombone - Corey has a Jazz Studies degree from the University of Central Florida and is currently making his living as a musician at Disney World, with the Dr Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, and freelancing all over the state. Corey's performed with many famous talents such as Ariana Grande and Seal during his time in Orlando.

WILL NESTLER – Bass Trombone - Will Nestler, a native of Lake Wales, FL, began his music studies at The Harrison School of Performing Arts in Lakeland. He continued as a performance major at The University of Central Florida & The University of South Florida, where he studied Tuba, Euphonium, Bass & Tenor Trombone. Currently, Will performs at Walt Disney World with the Main Street Philharmonic, and in The Candlelight processional. He also performs with various touring Broadway shows, including The Lion King and Wicked, as well as numerous Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with Michael Feinstein, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and a variety of other headliners. One of his greatest joys is being a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra where he plays bass trombone.

JOHNY CARLSSON – Piano - Bandleader, composer, arranger, Johny, born and raised in Sweden, living in Mount Dora, FL, is a retired businessman who turned his passion for jazz into a new career. In 1993 - in New York City - he was “rediscovered” by some Swedish jazz major graduate students from The Manhattan School of Music and The New England Conservatory of Music, respectively. NYC and the young players inspired him to pick up his playing again (after a 25+ years long intermission). He moved with his wife, Raija, to Citrus Hills, FL, in 1996. Johny is very active and sought after both when heading his own trio playing every Friday in the historic Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, FL, and as a sideman appreciated by fellow musicians and jazz fans all around Central Florida. He has his own trio also in Sweden and performs every summer in Scandinavia at jazz festivals, concerts and recording dates with local “big name” jazz musicians and vocal groups. “The MegaBones” is a lifelong dream of Johny’s. He has composed and arranged all their music.

CHARLIE SILVA - BASS - Charlie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. He started playing bass in his early teens and attended Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA where he studied with trumpet player Ray Brown. Charlie has worked with celebrities like Rosemary Clooney, George Burns, Rich Little and many more. Among jazz players he has backed up you will find Clark Terry, Mel Lewis, Buddy Tate, Buddy De Franco, Allen and Warren Vaché, Ken Peplowski and numerous others. Charlie is one of the most sought after bass players in Florida. He has played in the Buddy Morrow (Tommy Dorsey) and Woody Herman Orchestras, and locally with Terry Myers Orchestra, Bill and John Allred, Don Scaletta and many others and also on many jazz cruises.

BARRY SMITH - DRUMS - Barry has a Bachelor of Music Degree from North Texas State University. He has performed with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman, Ira Sullivan, Marian McPartland, Buddy DeFranco, Richie Cole, Art Farmer, Buddy Tate, Terri Gibbs, Charlie Byrd, Kenny Drew Jr., Nat Adderly, Carl Fontana, Clark Terry – to name a few - and he has worked under conductors such as Skitch Henderson (the famous Boston Pops conductor) and Robert Coleman (Space Coast Pops Orchestra) and with the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. Recording work, live television and show gigs are too many to mention. One of his favorite show gigs has been for comedian Don Rickles. Barry has also served as adjunct faculty at several schools including Rollins College and as Professor of Music at Florida State University.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4i7q5RAeBQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp14veeHljc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMoKn311o-c

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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez, Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, Ed Krout and special guests. The group plays a concert set, which is followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and sit in. A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and piano are provided. No cover charge. Free to the public. Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park and the American Rescue Plan.

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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.