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Thursday Night Hang

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

Free admission!

Featuring John DePaola, 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.

Dan Jordan Quintet presents: New York Experience 2/25/2022

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

Join us for an evening of jazz featuring the original music of guitarist Joe Gilabert. Dan Jordan - tenor/soprano saxophone and flute; Joe Gilabert - composer and guitar; Mark Mckee - piano; Charlie Silva - bass and Barry Smith - drums.

Joe Gilabert, guitarist and composer is a graduate of the Musician’s Institute (Los Angeles, CA) as well as a scholarship recipient and graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA).

From 1994 through 2011, Joe regularly performed in the New York and New Jersey Jazz scene – most notably at Minton’s Playhouse, Lenox Lounge, and St. Nick’s Pub under the mentorship of Andy McCloud III and Sal Ciccone.

Joe’s performances led him to Orlando, FL and Miami, FL under the mentorship and collaboration of Frank Vardaros (Frankie V), where he met Dan Jordan and other musicians from the Orlando jazz scene.

In 2016, Joe re-established his Quintet adding his original compositions to the play list. His most recent musical endeavors have kept him in the Central Florida area where he continues his mentorship with Dan Jordan.

Daniel Jordan is a passionate and creative tenor saxophonist and flautist. He joined Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1982 as the tenor soloist. With Maynard, Daniel played with Eddie Gomez, McCoy Tyner, Al Foster, Slide Hampton, Billy Eckstine and Mel Torme.

Daniel was chosen to join artist in residence Elvin Jones at the Atlantic Center for The Arts for a 3 week residency in 1985 and played lead alto with Sam Rivers Big Band until Sam’s transition. While living in New York, Daniel toured the world playing reed 1 with Natalie Cole and toured nationally with Michael Wolf and Badal Roy.

Daniel was Judson Green’s Musical director for 30 years and played with and recorded Larry Coryell’s last album Barefoot Man: Sanpaku.

Daniel’s best playing is captured on Michael Ross’s album Ginger.

Daniel Jordan with the Cortez/Williams Project: https://youtu.be/tfZBkGQuaI0

Daniel Jordan with the Larry Brown Quintet: https://youtu.be/lbqYIA-T0ow

Joe Gilabert Quintet at Timucua: https://youtu.be/OdNx9QH8OYY

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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.

Don Soledad Quartet presents: Arte y Pasion 3/5/2022

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.

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

Inspired by the guitar of flamenco legend Paco de Lucia, Don Soledad cultivated his sophisticated, soulful sounds in Northern California, beginning with his early guitar studies with the great Spanish flamenco maestros - Mariano de Cordoba and Agustin Rios, the nephew of legendary guitarist Diego del Gastor.

Don's studies continued in the Southern region of Spain - Andalucia in the city of Jerez de la Frontera - with guitarist Juan Diego Mateos. Soon thereafter, Don was performing shows in San Francisco and the Sonoma and Napa Valley wineries.

As a performer and recording artist, Don has worked with talents in a variety of genres including rock singer Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Jazz bassist Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin and Garage Mahal), and opening for the late jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell. As a composer, Don has recorded two original albums, "Camino de Seda" in 2006 and "Soluna" in 2013. He also recorded a solo Christmas album, "December Lullaby" in 2015.

Upon departing the West Coast, Don has been a mainstay in Florida and other US states performing with his band "The Don Soledad Group," who won 1st place in Orlando's FusionFest 2020 for "Best Musician" category.

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 3/6/2022

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

Join us for an afternoon of jazz.

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.

"A fantastic Jazz musician. His trumpet playing is simply superb." Rick Gee, Owner "Gee's Jazz Jamm Inc."

"We always love to have John come to us - his performances are awesome." Walter Griffith, "Jazz Lovers" and "More Jazz" Clubs

"John and his musicians are to put it mildly, "OUTSTANDING!" Dave Walrath, President of the Sarasota Jazz Club

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6tQWPiWOSU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAM8uiFZwBs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV-Kvp9P9_Y

https://www.johndepaolamusic.com/

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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.

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.

Mr. Chair

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

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts is proud to present the 2021 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Jazz Artist of the Year. Mr. Chair is an unpredictable and thrilling musical experience for fans of all musical backgrounds.

Four musicians look like a jazz combo, enchant like a string quartet, and electrify like a rock band. As classically-trained performers well-versed in electronics, prog rock, world music and beyond, Mr. Chair is a fusion ensemble with a fresh and authentic sound.

Mr. Chair's music is sometimes delicate and sweet; sometimes thrashing with unbridled energy and conviction. They are currently touring new boundary-pushing music from their upcoming second studio album.

"The euphonious elements at the heart of Snarky Puppy's appeal are also present in Mr. Chair...dolorous trombone and fizzing keyboards....wide, accommodating grooves...largely comfortable, genteel listening." - Prog Magazine

“In Mr. Chair I found kindred spirits that were game for playfully pushing the limits of education, music, art and science." - Madison Magazine

“You have to admire the way each of their musical influences and experiences come together so flawlessly. It’s a beautiful thing to hear. Somewhere Frank Zappa is applauding.” - Local Sounds Magazine

https://mrchairmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mrchairmusic

https://www.instagram.com/mrchairmusic/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PFb3EaqIZFuOhE9hOiB8ROF9_kaZ1u1a/view

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Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar - Love & Bossa Nova LIVE 3/19/2022

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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Orlando Jazz Orchestra 3/20/2022

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

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

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.

David MacKenzie's Mind Meld Quintet 3/25/2022

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).

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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Larry Brown Quintet

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, having performed at An Die Musik, 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, Bohemian Caverns, the King Of France Tavern, Montpelier Arts Center, Chris’ Café, the New Haven Lounge, Caton Castle, Strathmore Mansion, and the Black Rock Center for the Arts.

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, which reprises the hard-bop style of the legendary Blue Note era, was recognized by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) as the Best Jazz Group for 2009. The group’s celebrated release, “Hard Bop Café” was recognized by WAMA as the Best Jazz Recording for 2006 with a Wammie award.

http://www.larrybrownjazz.org

Video links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl8xbl635Yo&pbjreload=10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6bkwOa-VLA&pbjreload=10

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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.

CuBop - 4/2/2022

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.

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

https://youtu.be/FB4bVaFvEKI

https://youtu.be/LidE0R5bFts

https://youtu.be/HxlsXrIKffs

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Chamber Music Players

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

Chamber Music Players consist of internationally recognized violin-viola duo Routa Kroumovich and Alvaro Gomez. This husband-and-wife team and their friends will play classical selections rarely performed. Since making their professional debut in Russia in 1972, the couple have performed with orchestras in Europe, South America, Israel, Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Canada, and as concert masters of the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra. This duo performs together locally with the Bach Festival Orchestra. Routa is a professor at Stetson University School of Music and Dr. Alvaro Gomez is the conductor of the Maitland Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Chamber Orchestra both sponsored by local non-profit organization Performing Arts Matter.

Come enjoy our local talent as they bring the art of chamber music alive!

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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.