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Diego Figueiredo 2-3-2023 8:00PM

Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar, Walt Hubbard on drums, Doug Mathews on bass, Ed Krout on keyboards, and other special guests. The band first plays a concert set, which is then 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 available for use.

To learn more about Chris Cortez and friends, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/chris-cortez

Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park.

Diego Figueiredo

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

Grammy nominated Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo (pronounced “fig-a-ray-doe”) lives in, with, and for the music. Some people are simply meant to be musicians. and Diego is definitely one of them. Don't miss this opportunity to discover this incredible artist!

Diego is a virtuoso that plays with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now. He performs amazing concerts uniting technique and emotion in a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz, while keeping the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music.

To read more about Diego, and watch videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/diego-figueiredo

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are allowed only if the event is cancelled.

Don Soledad Quartet Presents: Arte y Pasion 2/4/23

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

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

Join Don Soledad on flamenco guitar and his quartet as they take you on a journey to Southern Spain and beyond. Featuring Tanner Johnson on violin, Josip E. Zambrano on percussion, and flamenco dancer Laura Pirela.

"Arte y Pasíon" features original compositions from Soledad’s albums, compositions by Michel Camilo, Tomatito, Astor Piazzolla, and Chick Corea, as well as other surprises.

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. 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.

To read more about Don, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/don-soledad

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are allowed only if the event is cancelled.

JazzPro Series Presents: CuBop 2/8/23

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

We created the JazzPro Series to showcase some of the monster talent among us in Central Florida. This weekly Wednesday night series highlights local and touring artists of extremely high caliber. These are shows that you won't want to miss!

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.

Featuring Marco Bojorquez on bass, Bob Thornton on piano, Greg Parnell on drums, Joe Breidenstine on trumpet, Jeremy Fratti on sax, and Frank Wosar on trombone.

To view photos and videos of CuBop, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/cubop

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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar, Walt Hubbard on drums, Doug Mathews on bass, Ed Krout on keyboards, and other special guests. The band first plays a concert set, which is then 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 available for use.

To learn more about Chris Cortez and friends, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/chris-cortez

Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park.

Brian Smalley 2/10/23

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

Brian Smalley is a Florida guitar picker with ten crafty fingers, mastery of a variety of genres, and multiple musical personalities. Ranging from the classic sounds of folk and Americana, to unique covers of Jazz and popular music, to Brian's original music, his program is always eclectic and entertaining. Every performance is lively and humorous, and he has a keen ability to connect with every listener in the room.

To read more about Brian, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/brian-smalley

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Jake Eddy Trio

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

Jake Eddy, 3-time Grand Ole Opry performer and "Flatpick Wizard" (Bluegrass Today), visits the Blue Bamboo to perform a bluegrass set of monumental proportions. The Jake Eddy Trio offers a culmination of legendary skill and time-honored tradition, completed by upright bass and mandolin.

Fast-paced and utterly mesmerizing, the trio channels an era gone by while speaking youth into the bluegrass sphere.

To read more about Jake, and view videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/jake-eddy-trio

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are allowed only if the event is cancelled.

The Flying Horse Big Band is one of the premiere performing ensembles of the UCF Music Department, and is made up of students from the Jazz Studies program. It has appeared at the Montreux, Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festivals, as well as numerous festival and concert appearances domestically.

They have recorded seven albums on UCF's own recording label, Flying Horse Records, and all the albums have been on the national jazz charts.

The group is led by Jeff Rupert (composer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, and director of the Jazz Studies program at UCF).

To read more about the Flying Horse Big Band, view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/central-florida-jazz-society-presents-ucf-flying-horse-big-band

JazzPro Series Presents: Dan Jordan Quartet 2/15/23

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

We created the JazzPro Series to showcase some of the monster talent among us in Central Florida. This weekly Wednesday night series highlights local and touring artists of extremely high caliber. These are shows that you won't want to miss!

Daniel Jordan is a graduate of North Texas State University, a current member of the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra, and well known woodwind sideman to anyone who wants the best. As a tenor saxophonist and flautist, Dan plays with a unique style full of passion.

Leading his quartet, the shows are full of surprises and always thoroughly engaging. When he plays he is transported with the music, and takes the listener on the musical journey with him.

To read more about Dan Jordan, view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/dan-jordan-quartet

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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar, Walt Hubbard on drums, Doug Mathews on bass, Ed Krout on keyboards, and other special guests. The band first plays a concert set, which is then 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 available for use.

To learn more about Chris Cortez and friends, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/chris-cortez

Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park.

Larry Brown Quintet

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

Pianist Larry Brown leads one of the most accomplished straight-ahead jazz groups in the Mid-Atlantic area. They have performed at major venues including Blues Alley, the Meyerhoff, the Kennedy Center, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest, Alexandria Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, Twins Jazz, and many more.

JazzReview.com describes The Larry Brown Quintet as "Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section."

The group’s four CDs receive airplay all over the country, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Russia, and Japan. The band reprises and honors the hard-bop style of the legendary Blue Note era.

The Larry Brown Quintet features Larry Brown on piano, Kent Miller on bass, Greg Holloway on drums, Thad Wilson on trumpet, and Peter Fraize on tenor sax.

To read more about the Larry Brown Quintet, and view videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/larry-brown-quintet

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John DePaola Quintet 2/19/23

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

John DePaola is a freelance trumpeter in Orlando, Florida. His style of jazz improvisation radiates warmth and is complimented by his ability to create melodic solos. He performs regularly at jazz societies and varied venues in central and southern Florida.

To learn more about John and the group, view photos and videos, please click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/john-depaola-quintet

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are allowed only if the event is cancelled.

JazzPro Series Presents: Richard Smith

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

World renowned and genre-defying guitarist Richard Smith returns to the Bamboo!

With fretboard fireworks and plenty of humor and personality, Richard will melt your heartstrings, make your toes tap, and leave you with your jaws hanging open. He delivers both lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with vocals.

Richard's ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music, from classical Bach and Mozart, Scott Joplin Rags, Sousa marches, Beatles pop, jazz standards, fiddle tunes, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed standards, and Django Reinhardt gypsy swing. And not to mention, his intriguing original tunes.

During his career, Richard has performed or recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Suzy Bogguss, Steve Wariner, Jimmy Fortune, Earl Klugh, Martin Taylor, Joscho Stephan, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, John Schneider, Lee Roy Parnell, Brent Mason, Rory Hoffman and a host of others.

To read more, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/richard-smith

Visit Richard's website - https://www.richardsmithmusic.com/home

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are allowed only if the event is cancelled.

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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar, Walt Hubbard on drums, Doug Mathews on bass, Ed Krout on keyboards, and other special guests. The band first plays a concert set, which is then 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 available for use.

To learn more about Chris Cortez and friends, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/chris-cortez

Made possible by a grant from the City of Winter Park.

Julie Williams

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

Singer-songwriter Julie Williams is turning heads in Nashville’s country music scene with songs that tell the stories she wished to hear as a mixed race child. A regular host of The Song Suffragettes, Julie was named in Rissi Palmer’s Color Me Country Class of 2021, featured on She Wolf Radio’s Ones 2 Watch list, and her single Southern Curls was covered by Billboard, CMT, PBS NewsHour, and numerous music publications.

Having opened for acts such as Will Hoge and Mt. Joy, Julie tours with the Black Opry Revue, a showcase of Black artists in country, blues, folk, and Americana music, and performed with the group at CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville. After a summer solo tour on the East Coast and across the pond in London, Julie is traveling the country again this fall with performances across the Midwest, West Coast, and Northeast.

To read more about Julie, and watch videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/julie-williams

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Suzy Park Quartet 2/25/23

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

Suzy Park is a dynamic and vibrant vocalist, whose voice has range and versatility. She joined the famed Disney’s Voices of Liberty in 1990, and has also performed with The Girlfriends at the Hyatt Grand Cypress, and with the jazz vocal ensemble American Vybe at EPCOT. She has performed at numerous jazz clubs and festivals throughout Florida, including the Pleasure Island Jazz Company, Sunfest, the Lynx Jazz Festival, Timpano’s, and the Grand Bohemian. She has been a featured vocalist with the Orlando Pops Orchestra and the St. John’s River City Big Band.

Joining Suzy Park this evening will be Bob Thornton on piano, Chuck Archard on bass, and Paul Parker on drums.

To read more about Suzy, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/suzy-park-quartet

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are allowed only if the event is cancelled.

Eddie Marshall's Blue Bamboo Big Band 2/26/23

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

Eddie Marshall (saxophonist, flutist, and CEO of Time Out Productions) leads his all-star big band featuring 18 of the finest musicians in Central Florida.

This group is a Blue Bamboo staple, and each program features a diverse selection of arrangements for big band that you are sure to enjoy!

To read more, and view photos and videos, visit - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/eddie-marshall-s-blue-bamboo-big-band

All ticket sales are final. Refunds are allowed only if the event is cancelled.

JazzPro Series Presents: John Redfield Trio 3/1/23

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

We created the JazzPro Series to showcase some of the monster talent among us in Central Florida. This weekly Wednesday night series highlights local and touring artists of extremely high caliber. These are shows that you won't want to miss!

John Redfield is an innovative, virtuosic pianist. His rapid-fire playing technique is dazzling, but he also plays melodically and with sensitivity. In John’s playing you can hear the influences of masters like Oscar Peterson and Wynton Kelly, and also stride piano legends like Art Tatum.

John has an impressive resume that includes working extensively in the Chicago area with Peggy Lee, Bobby Vinton, Steve Allen, Terry Gibbs, Louis Bellson, Ed Thigpen, Milt Jackson, Cab Calloway, and playing in Bill Porter's band at the Chicago Fairmont Hotel. After moving to Florida, John was a regular performer at the Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando.

John will be joined by Doug Mathews on bass and Walt Hubbard on drums for a concert featuring jazz standards and John's original compositions.

To learn more about John, and view photos and videos, click here - https://bluebambooartcenter.com/john-redfield-trio

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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.