Jazz in the Garden
Where: Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples
When: Beginning in November, 2-4 p.m. third Sundays of the month
Admission: Free for garden members; regular admission for non-members ($9.95; ages 4-14, $4.95)
Information: Naples Botanical Garden, (239) 643-7275 or www.naplesgarden.org; Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts (CAPA): www.bayshorecapa.org or (239) 877-1722
Flowers like music, too, most branches of botanical sciences agree. So the inaugural “Jazz in the Garden” series at Naples Botanical Garden this fall suggests that some of the swaying audience may include branches and buds.
Its personnel certainly have the name power to get things moving. Naples’ best-known jazz musicians are coming for the Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts (CAPA) organization, which is collaborating with the Naples Botanical Garden on a six-concert jazz series beginning in November. The botanical garden will be introducing its new water garden, part of another two-garden expansion, and the public can enjoy both music and nature during Naples’ outdoor-friendly, cooler months.
The concerts are scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month, beginning with the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Admission is free for garden members or for the price of regular garden admission for non-members.
Concert stars are as follow:
The Patricia Dean Trio, with Patricia Dean, Stu Shelton and Don Mopsick, Nov. 21. Dean, a vocalist and musician, performed with stars such as Nat Adderley and saxophonist Bobby Militello, among other jazz names. Shelton, her keyboardist, is the constant for the entire series, a performer at many local music clubs and a manager of two of them, including Michael’s Cafe here.
The Bob Zottola Quartet, Dec. 19. Mutliple-horn player Zottola has performed with Charlie Barnet, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Chick Corea, and in Frank Sinatra’s New York band. Before moving to Naples, he played for the Broadway show “Les Miserables” for 16 years. Joining him are Shelton, Jerry Sawicki and John Lamb.
The Rebecca Richardson Quartet, Jan.16, with Shelton, Dan Heck, and Bill Peterson. Richardson has performed extensively in Seattle and New York and performs with her trio at Campiello Ristorante and other upscale night spots in Southwest Florida, even crossing over for a role with Opera Naples.
The Dan Heck Trio, with Shelton and Bill Peterson, Feb. 20. Heck, a professional jazz guitarist and bassist, recording artist, composer and teacher, relocated to Naples from New York City. As a founding member of the band Bebop and Destruction, he recorded four critically acclaimed CDs with the group.
The Stu Shelton Trio with Don Mopsick and John Lamb on March 20. Shelton performs at many of the area’s music spots and has also accompanied vocalist Michelle Amato, Carla Valenti, Brenda Alford, Wendy Pederson, Fred Johnson, Nicole Yarling and many other singers. He has recorded and performed with his own trio and, recently, with five-time Grammy winner Ira Sullivan.
The Lew Delgatto-Dan Miller Quartet with Ron Heffner and Shelton on April 17. Delgatto, a saxophonist, started out with Skitch Henderson at the Waldorf at the age of 19. He has played with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Doc Severinson’s Big band, Clark Terry Big Band, Mel Lewis, Thad Jones, Chuck Israel, the National Jazz Ensemble, Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra. Delgatto played for 24 years with the “Saturday Night Live” band, and was also one of the show’s arrangers.
Dan Miller began his career with the Woody Herman Orchestra, and toured with the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band, Maynard Ferguson’s band and Wynton Marsalis’ Big Band. Dan has worked with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and recording credits include four Harry Connick Jr. albums, and three of Connick’s television specials. He is currently the house drummer at Ellington’s Jazz Bar and Restaurant on Sanibel Island, and a professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Sponsorship information can be found on the Bayshore CAPA website: bayshorecapa.org; or call (239) 877-1722.