top of page
  • Writer's pictureGotta Go Orlando

Get ready for the return of Orlando's 4-Day Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival 2023

Blue Bamboo's annual jazz festival has something for everyone, featuring a diverse group of artists, some local and some touring internationally.

Get ready for Orlando's 4 day Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival 2023

Get ready for the return of Orando's jazz extravaganza as the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts presents the 4 day Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival 2023.

Back bigger than ever, the event kicks off Thursday, September 14 and runs until Sunday, September 17.

Thursday, 9/14

Chris Cortez

Chris Cortez is well known to the Blue Bamboo audience, as he is the creator/owner of the venue, and plays the weekly Thursday Night Hang, along with other solo or duo guitar shows. His quartet features Walt Hubbard, Doug Mathews, and Ed Krout playing original music from his many chart topping CDs.

Alain Bradette

Alain Bradette is a featured performer with Cirque Du Soleil and also leads his own quartet featuring Thomas Milovac, Walt Hubbard, and Bob Thornton.

Friday, 9/1

John Redfield

Originally from Chicago, John Redfield is a virtuoso pianist that has been blowing Bamboo audiences away for the last year or so. In John's playing the influence of piano masters like Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, and Art Tatum can be heard.


Septessence is a brand new local band featuring members of UCF's Flying Horse Big Band, led by bassist Nashir Janmohamed.

Saturday, 9/16

Chris Cortez

Chris Cortez's solo shows are a completely different atmosphere from his quartet and quintet shows. Featuring just an acoustic guitar, amazing playing, bluesy vocals, and a handful of stories from the road, Chris takes you on an intimate journey of virtuosity, wisdom, and humor.

Get ready for Orlando's 4 day Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival 2023

Blues Beatles

Blues Beatles are a group from Brazil who play Beatles songs in a Chicago Blues style. That may sound crazy, but it works in the most amazing ways. The familiar melodies work perfectly in this setting, and the group delivers high energy, rocking versions of your favorite Beatle tunes in a way you never imagined them.

Sunday, 9/17

The Orlando Jazz Orchestra

The Orlando Jazz Orchestra has been performing at Blue Bamboo since our opening 7 years ago. One of the most polished, professional big bands you will hear anywhere in the world, this group features the best musicians our area has to offer.

Led by the talented drummer Greg Parnell, OJO shows are filled with wonderful music, and informed by Greg's fascinating presentations about the history of each tune.

For reservations, or to purchase a ticket to all 4 shows at a 20% discount, please call 407-636-9951 or email the box office at

Get ready for Orlando's 4 day Blue Bamboo Jazz Festival 2023

For the latest news and information from throughout Central Florida, here at Gotta Go Orlando we keep you informed throughout the day, every day.

You can also keep up to date with us on X, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Plus, subscribe to the Gotta Go Orlando YouTube Channel, for the best of Orlando.


Emma Walton News Producer

Emma Walton

  • Instagram

News Producer

Shane Walton News Producer

Shane Walton

  • Instagram

News Producer

Aly Mac News Editor

Alastair Mac

  • Instagram

News Editor

bottom of page