Naples is not the first city that comes to mind when talk turns to jazz meccas. But the good news is that the local jazz landscape is improving. The quality of music in local bars rises with consistent live entertainment. You see, Naples is more well known for its tropical music, the tunes visitors are looking for to remind them of the winter cold they have left behind. Steel drum bands and Jimmy Buffett covers are much more likely to sound from local nightclubs than New Orleans style or contemporary jazz or even the blues. Outside of the nightclubs, you can find a few restaurants such as the Wine Loft Bar & Restaurant at Mercato and M Waterfront Grille in the Village at Venetian Bay that host Sunday jazz brunches and other special jazz events. You can also hear live jazz in special performances, and this list includes them. Cambier Park, Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and Artis--Naples host local and national jazz groups seasonally. Given the shortage of true jazz clubs in Naples, many on the list host live musicians, but not always jazz. The list gives priority, however, to those that do regularly feature jazz musicians on stage.
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