‘SummerJazz on the Gulf’ series back at Naples Beach Hotel

Legendary J.C.’s will perform on June 16.

A Southwest Florida tradition continues as the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club again will host its popular “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series.

This will mark the 27th consecutive year of the fun, free concert series, combining a diverse selection of jazz entertainers with gorgeous views of the Gulf, exquisite sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert takes place on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

“SummerJazz on the Gulf” will take place one Saturday evening per month, June- September, and each concert will be from 7 to 10 p.m. This year’s concerts will be on June 16, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22. According to Jim Anderson, food & beverage director for the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club and organizer of the annual concert series, the 2012 “SummerJazz on the Gulf” lineup is:
• Legendary J.C.’s, June 16;
• Late Night Brass, July 21;
• New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz, Aug. 25, and
• Eight To The Bar, Sept. 22.

“This year we’re featuring two groups who have played SummerJazz previously, Late Night Brass and Gumbi Ortiz, now known as New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz, plus two new groups that we think will put on great shows,” Anderson said. “It promises to be an excellent concert series.”

Those interested in staying at the resort during “SummerJazz on the Gulf” weekends can contact the resort’s reservations department for best available rates and packages by calling 1-800-237-7600 or 1- 239-261-2222, or visiting online at <www.NaplesBeachHotel.com>.

For those not staying at the resort there will be parking just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with free parking provided to those with a Naples beach sticker, and free trolley service to the resort and back. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, however coolers are not permitted.

Call 1-239-261-2222 for more information and directions.

Guests attending “SummerJazz on the Gulf” should consider dining at the resort’s H.B.’s on the Gulf, the city of Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, which serves fresh Florida seafood and traditional American favorites. Patrons also can enjoy a specialty drink at the newly renovated and expanded Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, named Naples’ “Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel. All concerts feature full bar service in several locations and a food concession with a selection of snack items and freshly grilled burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken sandwiches.

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, owned and operated by the Watkins family for more than 65 years, is Naples’ only beachfront resort offering on-site championship golf, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center.

Continually enhancing its alreadyimpressive offerings, the 317-room resort completed a $22 million renovation in 2010. The multi-phase project included the renovation of guest rooms and suites, and the addition of a $5 million all-new beachfront pool complex.

On-site amenities include a fitness center, the professionally supervised Beach Kids Club child activity program, an Orchid House, multiple restaurants and bars, 34,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, and many beautiful outdoor venues.

The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples. Contact the resort at 1-800-237-7600 or 1-239-261-2222, and visit <www.NaplesBeachHotel.com>.

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