Will the Naples Jazz Orchestra concert series continue?
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CREATED Sep. 12, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- For the last 4 years, The Naples Jazz Orchestra has brought music to Cambier Park on Monday nights, but now its concert series could be silenced.
"We have been asked if we can go somewhere else, but the attraction for us is we need a professional band shell. The only other one I'm aware of is in Bonita Springs," said Pamela Carey, President and Orchestra Manager for The Naples Jazz Orchestra.
Just this past March, Doc Severinsen, a former musical director of The Tonight Show played at the park and music leaders already have more talent lined up beginning in January. The Jazz Orchestra says the series is good for downtown business.
"Our patrons, our audience, typically puts their chairs in their choice seating and then leaves and goes off to dine on 5th Avenue South go to shops afterwards," said Carey.
The city of Naples has yet to approve upcoming concert dates and council is expected to vote on Wednesday.
"Since it's late in the game...we need this approval," said Carey.
"It's strictly carrying capacity. We're not picking on the jazz concert, we're not picking on one or the other," said Mayor John Sorey.
The Mayor says parking at Cambier Park becomes an issue during the concerts and event organizers need to consider other possibly locations.
"Right now we have requests from over 40 concerts. During the first 4 months of the year, the question becomes how many concerts can the city do," said Mayor Sorey.
The Naples Jazz Orchestra can only hope they haven't played its final note.
"Naples is our home," said Carey.
City Council is expected to hold a workshop on this issue on Monday and vote during its city council meeting on Wednesday.