Blue Bamboo Presents Music at the Casa

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts partners with the historic venue Casa Feliz to present a series of concerts "Music at the Casa"! Please note these concerts are being held at Casa Feliz, in conjunction with Blue Bamboo.



SOLD OUT! Blue Bamboo presents Ella & The Bossa Beat Trio

Ella & The Bossa Beat is an international father-daughter duo between the 23-year old 'new rising star of the Bossa Nova generation' singer/pianist Ella Borges, and Grammy-nominated drummer Magrus Borges. They present a modern Bossa Nova/Brazilian Jazz style of music, combined with a soulful jazz influence.

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951

 


Blue Bamboo presents Jeff Rupert Quartet

Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, record producer, recording artist, freelance tenor saxophonist, full-time professor, Director of Jazz Studies at UCF. He leads the Flying Horse Big Band, and maintains a busy recording and performing schedule with his quartet, and as an in-demand sideman and band leader with a variety of notables. A gifted composer and arranger, Rupert is well heeled in jazz traditions from his many experiences over the years playing with greats like Benny Golson, Maynard Ferguson, and Kevin Mahogany, to name a few.

A regular at Blue Bamboo since near the very beginning, Jeff and his group (Richard Drexler on piano, Ben Kramer on bass, and Marty Morrell on drums) represent everything we stand for... excellence, beauty, and class.

Jeff has recorded over 100 albums, and has recorded and toured with jazz singers Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Veronica Swift, T-Bone, and Ernestine Anderson. He is a featured soloist on Benny Carter’s Grammy winning album Harlem Renaissance. Jeff Rupert’s 11 recordings as a leader have all charted on Jazz Week, and Let’s Sail Away (his CD with Veronica Swift that preceded the young phenom's worldwide success) reached #1.

Sponsored in part by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Blue Bamboo presents The Hang featuring Cortez & Friends

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar, Walt Hubbard on drums, Chuck Archard on bass, Dan Jordan on flute and saxophone, and other special guests. The band will open the night with a concert set, which is then followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians, bring your instruments and your favorite jazz standard and sit in!

A guitar amp, bass amp, and drums are available for use.

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

 


Blue Bamboo presents Dan Jordan Quartet

Tonight's concert features Dan Jordan on woodwinds, Per Danielsson on piano, Charlie Silva on bass and Greg Parnell on drums.


Blue Bamboo presents Cigano Swing

Cigano Swing is a Central Florida based gypsy jazz trio, specializing in both traditional and modern takes on Jazz Manouche. They bring high energy performances, delivering hot club standards from the gypsy jazz idiom as well as compositions from present-day acts. Timeless melodies, infectious rhythms, and dueling guitars abound, Cigano Swing brings an exciting and innovative experience to all.

 


Blue Bamboo presents Chris Cortez

Chris Cortez is the founder of Blue Bamboo Music and Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts. He is a composer, guitarist, vocalist, arranger, producer, engineer, videographer, educator, community leader, arts advocate, and recording artist. He has produced over 50 CDs and hundreds of music videos.

Chris’ guitar style is uniquely his own, and his vocabulary is instantly recognizable to fans of his previous work. Growth and evolution are obvious, but Cortez still sounds like Cortez. There is a compositional feeling in his solos, and a relentless sense of meter and precision. Themes unfold with an emotional arc that takes you on a journey, and his songs provide the perfect backdrop for that kind of development. There is a landscape to explore with plenty surprises, but everything makes sense and seems filled with intention.

Chris’ solo shows are also filled with lively and entertaining stories from his show business past.

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951


Blue Bamboo presents John Olearchick Trio

John Olearchick is an Orlando based pianist and music educator. He has performed with notable groups like the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Space Coast Symphony and the Space Coast Symphony Jazz Orchestra. John is an adjunct instructor of music at Valencia Community College, and a collaborative pianist at Rollins College.

From John: "One of my guiding principles in the music business is simple: build a richer musical scene in the community through each gig that I play and lesson that I teach. This enrichment fosters happiness, creativity, and a deeper appreciation for one of humankind’s oldest activities: singing and playing music!

John's Website

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Blue Bamboo presents Dimas Sanchez & the Afro Latin Jazz Project

Dimas Sánchez, an accomplished drummer and percussionist hailing from Puerto Rico, currently calls Orlando, FL home. His musical journey has been shaped by the guidance of seasoned mentors such as Tony Sánchez, Keith Copeland, Ignacio Berroa, Ángel “Cachete” Maldonado, and others. In the 80s, he immersed himself in the rich tapestry of Afro-Puerto Rican folklore under the tutelage of Jesús Cepeda, Petra Cepeda, and Don Rafael Cepeda.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dimas has collaborated with a diverse spectrum of musicians and groups, including the Xavier Cougat Orchestra, Taller de Jazz Don Pedro, David Sánchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie “GuaGua” Rivera, Milly Puente, Gabriel Hernandez, Nestor Torres, Chuchito Valdes, and many more. His musical repertoire extends to playing and producing Latin Jazz recordings with Eddie “GuaGua” Rivera's “Opus Mundi,” his own group “Fusion Beat,” and his latest endeavor, the “Afro Latin Jazz Project.”

Noteworthy festival appearances dot Dimas's career, with highlights including Mundo Latino in Paris (Tito Puente Jr), SunFest in West Palm Beach, Clearwater Jazz Festival (David Sánchez) , San Francisco Black and White Ball (Tito Puente Jr), The Mastercard Jazz Festival in San Juan (David Sánchez) , Jacksonville Jazz Festival (with David Sánchez), Taste of 4th Ave in Birmingham, Alabama (with David Sánchez), and Toros y Salsa in Dax, France (Iba a Se). With his own groups, he has graced stages at Ventana al Jazz Orlando, Pensacola Jazz Festival, Tallahassee Jazz Festival, Swan City Jazz Festival, Orange County’s Mayor Jazz in the Park, and the Timucua Arts World Music Weekends.

Dimas is not only a performer but also a dedicated educator, actively participating in percussion clinics and master classes. His notable involvement in the "Contemporary Drums and Percussion Summer Camp" at the University of Central Florida saw him share the stage with luminaries like Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and Alex Acuña. His commitment to teaching led him to clinics at Punto Fijo, Centro de Bellas Artes, alongside Jesús Cepeda, and a Latin percussion clinic with drummer Marty Morell at the “Timucua Arts Foundation.” Additionally, he conducted a concert/master class for the Al Downing Tampa Jazz Association, a master class for the “Diablo Marino Group” in Tokyo, Japan in 2019, and a percussion workshop at the renowned Havana Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. Notably, Dimas has also authored a book titled “Afro Puerto Rican Rhythms.”

Beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks) are included in the price of admission.

Dimas's Website

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Blue Bamboo presents The Hang featuring Cortez & Friends

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar, Walt Hubbard on drums, Doug Mathews on bass, Ed Krout on keyboards, and other special guests. The band will open the night with a concert set, which is then followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians, bring your instruments and your favorite jazz standard and sit in!

A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and keyboard are available for use.

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


Blue Bamboo presents Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar - Love and Bossa Nova

Beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks) are included in the price of admission.

International Brazilian music star Daniela Soledade and virtuoso guitarist Nate Najar transport you to tropical Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with an intimate evening of Bossa Nova music.

Rio de Janeiro native Daniela Soledade is a rising star among legends in the Brazilian music scene. An heir to the throne of Bossa Nova, Soledade is highly acclaimed for her poignantly expressive vocal style and hyper-intimate aesthetic. Drawing from an amalgamation of authentic bossa nova, samba, MPB, and American Popular Song, Soledade is the new sound of Bossa Nova.

Nate Najar is one of this decade’s finest modern jazz guitarists. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess, and the result is music that is swinging, emotional, and inventive. Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene…".

Sponsored in part by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Daniela's Website

Nate's Website

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Blue Bamboo presents Don Soledad Trio

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.

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951

When making your reservation, be sure to tell Melody if you're attending the 11:00am seating or the 2:00pm seating.


Blue Bamboo presents Greg Parnell's Classic Jazz Band

Beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks) are included in the price of admission.

Join us as Greg Parnell's Classic Jazz Band celebrates the music of the Big Bands of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and many others.

If you enjoyed the great music at the famous "Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium" from the 1970's through the 1990's, you will enjoy this concert. Greg Parnell recently purchased the music library from jazz icon, Bill Allred, and looks forward to carrying the torch and presenting this great music for future generations.

Sponsored in part by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Blue Bamboo presents Jack Graham & Friends

Beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks) are included in the price of admission.

Guitarist 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. Jack plays Finger-style solos from the favorite parts of his life, mixed in with pop, jazz, or comedy 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.

Sponsored in part by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Purchase Tickets

 


 

Blue Bamboo presents The Hang featuring Cortez & Friends

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951

Featuring Chris Cortez on guitar, Walt Hubbard on drums, Doug Mathews on bass, Ed Krout on keyboards, and other special guests. The band will open the night with a concert set, which is then followed by a jazz jam session. Musicians, bring your instruments and your favorite jazz standard and sit in!

A guitar amp, bass amp, drums, and keyboard are available for use.

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


 

Blue Bamboo presents Don Soledad Trio

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.

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951


Blue Bamboo presents Cortez & Koelble

Chris Cortez and Bobby Koelble are a swinging guitar duo unlike any other. Their virtuosic and off-the-cuff arrangements are like listening to two guitars having a musical conversation. Each program of jazz, pop standards, and Cortez originals is inventive, and a treat to the ears. 

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951


Blue Bamboo presents Don Soledad Trio

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.

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951


Blue Bamboo presents Cigano Swing

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951


Blue Bamboo presents Terri Binion

Terri Binion is Orlando Americana Royalty. She is an authentic Southern singer-songwriter and guitarist, whose unflinchingly honest stories sung in her clear voice can just about pierce your heart.

Singer-songwriter, visual artist, and author Jim White wrote of a track on her 2002 album "Fool": "It was a discreet portrait of a poor lost soul, a destitute southern woman, an archetype. By the end I was in tears. It was that true, that beautiful, that perfectly wrought. Just Terri and an acoustic guitar. Two songs in and it was clear, […] Terri was a magic person - someone who not only followed her own compass, but who was guided by stars not visible to the average eye."

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951

http://www.terribinionmusic.com/


Blue Bamboo presents Daniela Soledade & Nate Najar: Love & Bossa Nova

International Brazilian music star Daniela Soledade and virtuoso guitarist Nate Najar transport you to tropical Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with an intimate evening of Bossa Nova music.

Rio de Janeiro native Daniela Soledade is a rising star among legends in the Brazilian music scene. An heir to the throne of Bossa Nova, Soledade is highly acclaimed for her poignantly expressive vocal style and hyper-intimate aesthetic. Drawing from an amalgamation of authentic bossa nova, samba, MPB, and American Popular Song, Soledade is the new sound of Bossa Nova.

Nate Najar is one of this decade’s finest modern jazz guitarists. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess, and the result is music that is swinging, emotional, and inventive. Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene…".

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please contact Melody Cortez for reservations:

Email: melodycortez@live.com Phone: 407-636-9951