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80s Mixtape Mayhem

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

The group reinvents some of your favorite classic 80s tunes.

Featuring Michelle Mailhot on vocals, Ed Krout on keys, Chuck Archard on bass, Marc Clermont on drums and Alain Bradette on saxophone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re0AyOy7gd8&t=1494s

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Jeff Rupert Quartet

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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SOLD OUT - Central Florida Jazz Society Presents: Michael Kramer Fundraiser Concert

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

A special gift to the Central Florida Jazz Society scholarship fund.

Featuring Michael Kramer on piano, Ben Kramer on bass and Greg Parnell on drums.

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

Cortez/Williams Project 5/21/2021

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

Trumpeter Larry Williams has returned home to Orlando, and after a 10-year absence from the instrument, and much to the delight of his many fans, has also returned to the trumpet. Also an inspiring composer, guitarist, and percussionist, Larry’s body of work includes orchestral, rock, world music, fusion, and straight-ahead jazz.

The partnership between Chris Cortez and Larry Williams goes back over 40 years. The 2 spent the early part of their careers in the band Rhythm Method, which became a premier jazz/fusion group in Central Florida in the 1980s, opening for Miles Davis, James Brown, Zawinil Syndicate, and backing up Ira Sullivan and Joe Diorio, among others.

In preparation for a new recording project, Chris and Larry are doing a series of shows at Blue Bamboo. Band members include Bob Thornton, Marco Bojorquez, Dan Jordan, and special guest Walt Hubbard.

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Richard Smith

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

Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. He is now a seasoned performer with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit. In 2018, Richard performed in five continents... North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia including performances with and alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Dave Peacock, Martin Taylor, Brent Mason, Gary Brooker, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Joe Brown, Ralph McTell and many others.

https://www.richardsmithmusic.com

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Terri Binion

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

"Terri Binion, Orlando Americana Royalty, an authentic southern, singer songwriter who has worked nearly 40 years on her poetic craft. Liberty DiVitto (Billy Joel) played drums on her "Leavin' This Town" record. Lucinda Williams sang background vocals on her "Fool" record. Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) put her on her record label, Daemon Records. Jim White (songwriter/producer/filmmaker) wrote, "the third song in, spoke of hurricanes and just kicked ass. As the flatlands of Florida flew by me at sixty miles an hour I heard Terri sing, "this southeast prairie will be but a memory, come another hurricane season like this." I grew up in Florida, had seen that landscape a million times, but never once realized what I was looking at until that line. This southeast prairie; great songwriters do that, they reframe the reality around you so that you see it anew." Orlando is very fortunate to have this American gem living in their backyard." Shayni Rae/ Music promoter NYC/Orlando.

Terri's most current music video, Tiny Little Landmines https://youtu.be/FVtIsiytaKU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yiu2PIRrhc

http://www.terribinionmusic.com/

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Bobby Koelble Quintet presents Flamenco Jazz

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

A night of flamenco jazz featuring Bobby Koelble (guitar), Don Soledad (guitar), Alain Bradette (sax), Chuck Archard (bass) and Ito Colon (percussion).

Bobby Koelble is a guitarist and teacher whose artistry ranges from straight-ahead jazz to heavy metal. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and was a member of the foundational death metal band Death. He also released four albums as the guitarist/vocalist/composer for the eclectic rock band Junkierush.

Today, Koelble is a professor of Jazz guitar at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He is guitarist for the Dave LaRue Band, The Absinthe Trio, and is a member of the hit jazz group "The Jazz Professors," who have released two Top Twenty Billboard Jazz albums to date. He has performed with Sam Rivers, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, Chris Potter, Larry Coryell, Kenny Drew Jr. and the finest jazz musicians in Central Florida.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8BqnRNvg7Y

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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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CuBop - 6/5/2021

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

Celebrating the Latin infused side of the Blue Note catalog, CuBop's origin stems from the fusion of the Afro-Cuban and BeBop sounds of stylistic pioneers Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, and Horace Silver. Since the group's inception in 2015, the CuBop catalog has expanded to cover a wide array of styles in the jazz idiom from Latin-Jazz to Hard Bop and to more progressive avant-garde styles all rooted within the classic quintet and sextet format.

In this program, CuBop explores the sextet sounds of Miles, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, and Kenny Dorham. With some of the area's top players, CuBop consists of Marco Bojorquez on Bass, John Olearchick on Piano, Jeremy Katalenic on drums, Jevon Falcon on trumpet, Jeremy Fratti on Tenor Sax, and Frank Wosar on Trombone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Vt7UVx88U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSTy3P4Couw

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James Hall Recital

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

Admission to this event is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Please email Melody Cortez AND Roger Hall to make your reservations.

Melody Cortez: melodycortez@live.com Roger Hall: rogerfhall@comcast.net

Vibraphonist and pianist James Hall - now 16 years old - has been performing as a soloist and leader of professional jazz groups since he was 11. He moved to Florida from California in 2019 and quickly teamed up with leading Florida bassist Marco Bojorquez and guitarist Abe Alam, leading duos, trios and quartets in the NSB/Daytona area. On Sunday June 6th he will be partnering with Marco and master drummer Greg Parnell to make his first appearance at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. The trio will play a program of mainstream modern jazz, ballads, and some of James' own compositions. Since moving to Florida James has focused on vibes, but he welcomes the opportunity to also perform on Blue Bamboo's grand piano in collaboration with Marco and Greg.

You can listen on the YouTube links below or website for a sample of James' playing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISXOGl-gsAc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLjM8qlRCdQ

www.jameshalljazz.org

Ryan Devlin Quartet: Thoughts on the Matter 6/11/2021

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

Ryan Devlin is an ambitious young musician from Central Florida. A second-generation professional saxophonist, Devlin has won awards and competitions, and was recently invited by Grammy-winning drummer and producer Ulysses Owens to perform together in Orlando.

Joining Devlin for this concert are acclaimed pianist Per Danielsson, bass phenom Thomas Milovac and drummer extraordinaire, Eric Bailey. Expect high energy standards and originals from this stellar cast of Jazz musicians! The quartet will be playing known jazz standard tunes and selections from Devlin’s first record, "Thoughts on the Matter," recorded in December 2020 featuring Ulysses Owens on drums and currently airing on international radio stations.

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

https://vimeo.com/492174393

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Cortez/Williams Project 6/18/2021

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

Trumpeter Larry Williams has returned home to Orlando, and after a 10-year absence from the instrument, and much to the delight of his many fans, has also returned to the trumpet. Also an inspiring composer, guitarist, and percussionist, Larry’s body of work includes orchestral, rock, world music, fusion, and straight-ahead jazz.

The partnership between Chris Cortez and Larry Williams goes back over 40 years. The 2 spent the early part of their careers in the band Rhythm Method, which became a premier jazz/fusion group in Central Florida in the 1980s, opening for Miles Davis, James Brown, Zawinil Syndicate, and backing up Ira Sullivan and Joe Diorio, among others.

In preparation for a new recording project, Chris and Larry are doing a series of shows at Blue Bamboo. Band members include Bob Thornton, Jeremy Katalenic, Marco Bojorquez, and Dan Jordan. Join us for what is sure to be an exciting meeting of these unique musical minds.

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Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar - Love & Bossa Nova LIVE 6/19/2021

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

Join us as Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar bring their live version of "Love and Bossa Nova" to Blue Bamboo!

Downbeat Magazine calls her a “master of classic samba and bossa nova.” Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist/guitarist Daniela Soledade grew up in a family of musicians with a direct line to the origins of Bossa Nova. Daniela’s grandfather was Paulo Soledade, who composed songs with legendary Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho and Baden Powell. Her father, Paulinho Soledade is an artist and producer who learned guitar from Baden Powell himself and has worked with legends Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil among others. As a child Daniela participated in studio recordings for Brazilian artists such as Xuxa and the band Oxgênios. At age 14, she placed first in the entrance exam to attend the prestigious Music Conservatory Villa Lobos. Daniela settled in the United States in 2003 and maintains a busy performing schedule. Her debut album, “A Moment of You” was released September 6, 2019 on Blue Line Music Records.

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. Continuing to perform at major venues and festivals across the entire globe, Nate’s latest album, Under Paris Skies was released in 2018 on Woodward Avenue Records. Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene…." Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd says it best: "There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie's soul in Nate's mind, heart and fingers. Get ready world, here comes Nate Najar!!!"

https://www.danielasoledade.com/

https://www.natenajar.com/

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Dave MacKenzie Quintet 6/25/2021

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

An evening of jazz featuring multi-instrumentalist Dave MacKenzie (saxophones/flute/clarinet and music arranger). Joining Dave are Walt Hubbard on drums, Chuck Archard on bass, Bob Thornton on piano and Bobby Koelble on guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2gYPc4vvTs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URbSjw1k18E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX4nWS5xa0k

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Jeff Rupert Quartet - 7/2/2021

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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Cortez and Koelble - 7/10/2021

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

Featuring Chris Cortez and Bobby Koelble: Two of Orlando's finest jazz guitarists explore the swinging duet format.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gaQcDx_r38

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YihVir9n5Aw

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Don Soledad Trio presents: Arte y Pasion 7/17/2021

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

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

Join Don Soledad on flamenco guitar, Justin Steger on percussion 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.

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

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

http://www.donsoledad.com/

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Blue Bamboo's 5th Anniversary featuring the Orlando Jazz Orchestra

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

Celebrate our 3rd year with the band that started it all!

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/

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

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

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Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar - Love & Bossa Nova LIVE 8/21/2021

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

Join us as Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar bring their live version of "Love and Bossa Nova" to Blue Bamboo!

Downbeat Magazine calls her a “master of classic samba and bossa nova.” Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist/guitarist Daniela Soledade grew up in a family of musicians with a direct line to the origins of Bossa Nova. Daniela’s grandfather was Paulo Soledade, who composed songs with legendary Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho and Baden Powell. Her father, Paulinho Soledade is an artist and producer who learned guitar from Baden Powell himself and has worked with legends Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil among others. As a child Daniela participated in studio recordings for Brazilian artists such as Xuxa and the band Oxgênios. At age 14, she placed first in the entrance exam to attend the prestigious Music Conservatory Villa Lobos. Daniela settled in the United States in 2003 and maintains a busy performing schedule. Her debut album, “A Moment of You” was released September 6, 2019 on Blue Line Music Records.

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. Continuing to perform at major venues and festivals across the entire globe, Nate’s latest album, Under Paris Skies was released in 2018 on Woodward Avenue Records. Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene…." Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd says it best: "There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie's soul in Nate's mind, heart and fingers. Get ready world, here comes Nate Najar!!!"

https://www.danielasoledade.com/

https://www.natenajar.com/

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Dave MacKenzie Quintet 8/27/2021

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

An evening of jazz featuring multi-instrumentalist Dave MacKenzie (saxophones/flute/clarinet and music arranger). More details coming soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2gYPc4vvTs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URbSjw1k18E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX4nWS5xa0k

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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.