Ferreting Out Live Jazz in Naples, Florida

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.

Old Naples
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Known for its fine Italian cuisine, Vergina restaurant also turns into a hot night spot as darkness falls. The bar plays more Motown style music than jazz, but it draws in fans from 8:30 to close nightly. Crowds spill out in the courtyard...  Read More

The Continental
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An out-of-the-box steakhouse, its courtyard seating area turns into a hot music and dance arena as night falls. It also touts its reputation for craft cocktails, some of which fill glass orbs overhanging the outdoor bar. They include the...  Read More

Old Naples
Cambier Park
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Cambier Park IS Naples' community park, situated smack in the center of downtown Old Naples just south of Fifth Avenue South. The park's band shell hosts free live concerts throughout the year. Its Norris Center is home to Gulfshore Players...  Read More



Formerly known as the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, it is dedicated to both visual and performing arts in one architecturally forward location. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra still calls the center home as does the Miami Ballet. And...  Read More

Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
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Naples Beach Hotel has provided a seaside spot where guests and locals can gather for close to 70 years. And it continues to do so today at its HB's on the Gulf and Sunset Beach Bar & Grill poolside. Both serve food with their stunning views...  Read More

Weekend Willie's
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In the heart of Naples' home construction and design commercial district off Pine Ridge Road, this place is a favorite of the local working class. Regulars come for sports TV, pizza, wings, burgers, deli sandwiches, shots of Fireballs, cold beer...  Read More

Wine Loft of Naples
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The gorgeous parlor setting at the Wine Loft bar and restaurant feels at once elegant and homey. It hosts live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus jazz musicians for its Saturday and Sunday brunch each week. Of course fine...  Read More

Bay House Restaurant
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Naples visitors looking for live jazz and other genres of music love the Bay House Restaurant not only for its musical selection, but also for its wonderful seafood dishes, polished decor and expansive views of the wild Cocohatchee River and its...  Read More



Enjoy your 7th Avenue Social experience around the bar or out on the patio with an Albino Manhattan (made with white whiskey and vermouth plus a dash of orange bitters) or a craft IPA from its extensive list. Whether you choose indoors or...  Read More

M Waterfront Grille
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Naples residents and visitors who love jazz head to M Waterfront Grille for its refined atmosphere, water views, fine cuisine and tasty live music. On Wednesdays, patrons relax in the lounge or on the outdoor veranda for Wine on Wednesday from 4...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle