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'Music and the Arts' is 'ultimate backstage experience

Freddie Cole performs next in "Music and the Arts" collaboration.
Freddie Cole performs next in "Music and the Arts" collaboration.
Courtesy of Naples Art Association

The Naples Art Association (NAA) and The Naples Jazz Orchestra (NJO) are collaborating to present Music and the Arts. The lively new discussion series featuring musicians from the NJO's Concert Schedule will be held at The von Liebig Art Center.

Described as the "ultimate backstage experience for music lovers," guests will spend time with members of The Naples Jazz Orchestra, headliners, and guest artists before the musicians take to the stage for that evening's performance at the Cambier Park Bandshell.

Headliners include Freddy Cole and Carmen Bradford. NJO Musical Director Bob Stone will serve as moderator while musicians engage in spirited discussions about their life and times in the world of music. Together they will explore the role visual art plays in music.

"These evenings are a chance of a lifetime to be face-to-face with some of the greatest American Jazz legends alive today," said Stone. "Visual arts and music are connected. What would a movie be without music? Think of the Harlem Renaissance - Jazz and fine art have been tangled up since the beginning."

Upcoming performers and dates include:

  • Monday, February 3: The NJO with Mr. Freddy Cole
  • Monday, February 10: The NJO plays the Music of Broadway
  • Monday, February 24: The Glen Miller Show, with Voices
  • Monday, March 10: The NJO plays a Tribute to Woody Herman, Mike Brignola, conducts
  • Monday, March 24: Carmen Bradford Sings "Ella"
  • Monday, March 31: The NJO plays Tommy Dorsey, with Voices
  • Monday, April 7: The NJO plays Harry James; Debbie Orta, Vocalist
  • Monday, April 14: The NJO plays Audience Requests

Tickets are $75.00 and include one reserved seat to that evening's concert in Cambier Park, wine and appetizers inspired by the favorite recipes of famous jazz musicians. Proceeds benefit art and music scholarship programs provided by each organization. Limited seats are available and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available online at For further information, please call 239-262-6517.

The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1954. It has operated The von Liebig Art Center since 1999. Their mission is to promote and advance education, interest and participation in the visual arts. Their vision is to serve individual artists of all ages and levels along their creative journeys and to inspire all who visit to live and think artistically.

As a non-profit organization, the mission of The Naples Jazz Orchestra is to contribute to the music enjoyment and education of the residents of Naples and the surrounding communities, and to maintain and expand awareness of big band music in America. The NJO performs a series of theme-based concerts each season at the Cambier Park Bandshell in Naples, Florida. The band also features a variety of guest artists, and performs in other venues and private engagements. Through its organization and management of The Naples Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), the NJO is committed to the education and development of young musicians, and to passing this great music on to the next generation.

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