Steve Luciano Quartet and Michelle Amato Present: “The Sweetest Songs You've (probably) Never Heard”

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

Steve and Michelle are going out on a musical limb here, but they have faith that their Orlando and Blue Bamboo Bamboo friends are open for an evening of some of their very favorite songs that just don’t get performed often enough. Some of the songs are from renowned and prolific composers and singers, some not so well known, but they all need to be heard! There are too many of these to do in one evening, so this will probably be the first in a series. They might hit on one of your favorite obscure gems either this first time, or in the future. Hope you can join them - it’s really going to be a fun night!

Steve Luciano-guitar; Chuck Archard-bass; Harrison Light-piano; Larry Hendrickson-drums and Michelle Amato-vocals

Guitarist and educator, Steve Luciano has performed with many jazz musicians including, Charles Erland, George Morrow, Joe Morello, Danny Gottlieb and Adam Nussbaum. He has also performed with Donald O’Conner, Robert Goulet, Regis & Kathy Lee, Michael Feinstein, Billy Preston, Pebo Bryson and Brian McKnight.

Steve has participated in the television program “ Jazz Here and Now” for WCEU Public Television in Daytona Beach Florida, with one of his original compositions being aired. He has also been part of the pit orchestra for “The Broadway Series” at the Bob Carr performing arts center in Orlando, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Steve also wrote a jazz guitar method book for Alfred publishing entitled “Jazz Sounds for Guitar."

Michelle Amato is a dynamic vocalist whose abilities to convey the deep passion of a lyric, as well as soar effortlessly through the stratosphere are making her one of the most in demand names is music today. She has performed and recorded with an incredibly diverse array of artists, including Liza Minelli, Al Green, Sandi Patty, Jon Secada, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Ira Sullivan, Jon Hendricks, Celia Cruz, Rita Marley and world renowned composer Yanni.

Michelle’s Master’s Degree from the prestigious University of Miami School of Music has created great demand for her expertise as an educator and clinician. She has coached vocalists for Cirque du Soleil and taught private students and directed jazz vocal ensembles at The University of Miami, Miami Dade Community College, The University of Memphis and Rollins College. Michelle has conducted master classes and clinics for The International Association of Jazz Educators, Grammy in the Schools, The North American Cultural Center in San Jose, Costa Rica, and various groups at Walt Disney World. Her adjudicating duties have included The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, The Florida Vocal Association, and various jazz societies.