NAPLES, FL (May 2012) – The 27th annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series will kick-off at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Saturday, June 16, 2012, with a free concert by The Legendary J.C.’s. The talented 8-piece band, which has headlined at many music festivals, will be performing for the first time at SummerJazz. The fun, free concert series, a popular tradition for many Floridians, combines a diverse selection of Jazz entertainers with picturesque Gulf views, beautiful sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere.
The concert, like all of the “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concerts, will be held from 7-10 p.m. on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Hotel guests will receive complimentary parking at the resort. 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 no outside food and beverage is allowed on resort grounds. Call (239) 261-2222 for additional information and directions.
The Legendary J.C.’s, commonly called “The J.C.’s,” performs a very appealing combination of soul, old school R&B, funk, Motown classics, and original tunes. Known for getting the audience on its feet from the first song to the last, the 8-piece band features talented and energetic lead singer Eugene Snowden, and impressive horn and rhythm sections. The band has headlined at NOLA Jazz Fest, Florida Music Festival, the Springing in Blues festival, and at the Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas. In addition, the band has performed with such greats as James Brown, B.B. King, and Al Green, and has played for dignitaries at the G8 Summit and the Canadian Parliament. For band information, visit . The concert is being sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, and The Arlington.
“The Legendary J.C.’s is a great band to kick-off this year’s SummerJazz concert series,” said Jim Anderson, food & beverage director of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, and organizer of the annual concert series. “They have an exceptional sound and wonderful showmanship. It will be a terrific way to start our SummerJazz concert series this summer.”
In addition to the June 16th concert, there also will be free SummerJazz concerts on Saturday, July 21 (with entertainment by Late Night Brass); Saturday, August 25 (with entertainment by New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz); and on Saturday, September 22, 2012 (with entertainment by Eight To The Bar). Each concert will be on the resort’s Watkins Lawn from 7-10 p.m.
The SummerJazz concert in July is being sponsored by Insurance and Risk Management Services, Inc., and Florida Community Bank. The August concert is being sponsored by Naples Transportation, Tours and Event Planning. The September concert is being sponsored by BSSW Architects, Inc., and D. Garrett Construction, Inc.
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 (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, or online at
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, and “Best Place For A Sunset Cocktail” by Gulfshore Life magazine. 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 & 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 already-impressive offerings, the 317-room resort completed a $22 million renovation in 2011. The multi-phase project included the renovation of guest rooms and suites, and the addition of a $5 million 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 (800) 237-7600 or (239) 261-2222, and visit
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