ALL THAT SUMMER JAZZ
“Blue Dice is a great band to kick off this year’s B SummerJazz concerts,” says Jim Anderson, food and beverage director at the gulf-front property and organizer of the free summertime concerts that take place monthly through September. “They’re a high-energy band, with great vocals, a wonderful horn section and an all-around great jazz sound.”
One of Florida’s most popular independent recording artists, Blue Dice consists of Bobby Rose, Dale Gabbard, Ralph Garcia and George Marks on horns; lead vocals by David Bley; Bud Grudnik on keyboards; Pat Peterson on bass; Mick Ruane on drums; and Roger Hughes on lead guitar. Critics and fans liken their mixture of funk, rock, blues and jazz sounds to Van Morrison and Tower of Power. For band information, visit www.bluedice.com.
Bob Taylor Chevrolet is sponsoring the June 26 concert. SummerJazz on the Gulf continues Saturday, July 24, with Late Night Brass, sponsored by Insurance Risk Management Services and Fifth Third Bank; Saturday, Aug. 28, with The Mike MacArthur Band, sponsored by CIGNA and D. Garrett Construction.; and Saturday, Sept. 18, with Denise More and Then Some, sponsored by BSSW Architects Inc., and TIB Bank.
Along with Blue Dice, the bands Late Night Brass and The Mike MacArthur Band are SummerJazz crowd favorities; Denise More and Then Some are new to the lineup this year.
Late Night Brass, also from Tampa, features a powerful four-piece horn section, a male vocalist and female vocalist along with keyboard, guitar, bass and drums. The band has opened for acts including Elton John and Billy Joel, Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire. For more information, www.latenightbrass. us
The Mike MacArthur Band first appeared at SummerJazz in 2008. Skilled as a soloist, a sideman performer with national acts and as leader of his namesake five-piece band, saxophonist Mike MacArthur performs a rich diversity of jazz, nujazz and funk tunes. He has toured with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band and has worked with artists including Jeff Kashiwa, Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) and Mary Wilson and The Supremes. Mr. Mac- Arthur describes his inspiration as ranging “from the be-bop sounds of Charlie Parker to the modern sounds of Michael Brecker. For more information, visit www.mikemacarthur. com.
The final 2010 SummerJazz on the Gulf concert will be headlined by Denise Moore and Then Some, making their first appearance at SummerJazz. Led by songstress Denise Moore, the band also features jazz pianist Billy Marcus and saxophonist David Pate. Ms. Moore cites Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles as her influences. The ensemble is known for its sultry energy and rhythmic poise, and will perform a sophisticated repertoire of blues, jazz, swing and samba music. For more information, visit www.denisemoorejazz.com
SummerJazz on the Gulf concerts take place from 7-10 p.m. on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Parking is just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park (free for those with a city of Naples beach sticker). Free trolley service runs between the park and the hotel throughout the evening. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets; coolers are not permitted.
Arrive early and dine at the hotel’s H.B.’s on the Gulf, or enjoy a cocktail at the Sunset Beach Bar. Refreshments and grilled items also will be available for purchase at each concert.
In conjunction with each concert, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club offers a special rate for concertgoers who want to spend the night. The SummerJazz special starts at $149 per room and includes two reserved beach chairs, unlimited tennis, access to the resort’s spa and fitness center, valet parking, afternoon tea and cookies at 4 p.m. daily, and admission for children ages 5-12 in the morning Beach Klub 4 Kids activities. For reservations or additional information, call 261-2222 or visit www.Naples- BeachHotel.com. >> What: The 25th annual SummerJazz on the Gulf series >> Where: The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club >> When: 7-10 p.m. >> Saturday, June 26: Blue Dice >> Saturday, July 24: Late Night Brass >> Saturday, Aug. 28: The Mike MacArthur Band >> Saturday, Sept. 18: Denise Moore and Then Some >> Admission: Free >> More: Special room rate for concertgoers who want to spend the night >> Info: 261-2222 or www.naplesbeachhotel. com