Smooth out your Thursday Night with some Cool Jazz

Insider tip for all of the husbands and boyfriends out there, there is not a woman alive who would not love to throw on her little black dress, some pearls and heals, sip a glass of wine and enjoy a night out listening to jazz with you.  So how do you keep your better half happy without taking a hit to your wallet? The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs has got you covered this Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm with an affordable night of smooth Jazz at their intimate café theater at the Promenade in Bonita Springs.

Local Jazz legends, vocalist Rebecca Richardson and guitar and bassist Dan Heck, present, “An Evening of Jazz, Live at the Promenade!”  Rebecca and Dan offer a night of jazz music from the great American songbook including tunes from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, and Irving Berlin.  Ron Hefner and Stu Shelton will accompany Rebecca and Dan on this journey into the music that not only shaped Broadway and Jazz, but also the entire musical landscape of the 20th century.

Richardson’s smooth melodic vocal style has been compared to popular jazz vocalist Diana Krall.  Rebecca earned her Bachelor’s of Vocal Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and went on to study in New York, with esteemed jazz musician David Budway and attending master classes at the Juilliard School. Richardson’s career has spanned ten years, beginning in Seattle, where she performed jazz in popular venues including Tula’s, The Space Needle, and the Sorrento Hotel. It was in Seattle that Richardson met professional jazz Guitarist and Bassist Dan Heck, who would become her husband and musical partner.

Recording artist, composer and educator Heck, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  A move to Seattle in 1993, offered Heck the perfect opportunity to establish his professional jazz reputation. As a founding member of the band “Bebop and Destruction”, he experienced national success and recognition for his efforts, winning several awards and recording four critically acclaimed CD’s with the group.

After Seattle, Richardson and Heck spent five years pursuing their musical dreams in fabulous New York City, working in famous venues such as the blue Note, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Kavehaz, Flute, The Pierre Hotel, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the French Consulate with a wealth of incredible musicians.  Lured away from the grey skies of New York by the sun and surf of Naples, Richardson and Heck relocated where they continued to play together, solo and with larger groups.

After moving to Naples, the two The Jazz Forum is a relaxed evening for lovers of jazz. The Live at the Promenade performance space creates an intimate venue where the audience and the performers can relax together. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the performance and during intermission. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs members and  $25 for non-members.

A full calendar of upcoming events, programming and classes at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is available online at or by calling 495.8989

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time and receive 2 free tickets to a Live at the Promenade performance, including this performance by Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information. * One membership per household.


“Affairs of the Arts”

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 2011-2012 Affairs of the Arts Series

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs “Affairs of the Arts,” are under way bringing you thirteen-entertaining and memorable events that help support the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  From November through May, attending any or all of CFABS Affairs of the Arts will make this a season of affairs you will always remember.

Join the Center for the Arts this Wednesday, October 19, as they “Tee off for Kids” at their first annual golf tournament at Copperleaf Country Club. Gather up your most philanthropic foursome of friends for 18 holes of golf, prizes, lunch and lots of fun. Contests will include longest drive, closest to the hole and closest to the line. This event is limited to 120 guests.  Tickets are $100 per person includes golf and cart, lunch and prizes

On November 9, treat yourself to “Afternoon Tea with Gertrude Bell.” Hosted by Northern trust, this affair features a phenomenal performance by actress, Janina Birtolo, as Gertrude Bell, the brilliant scholar, archaeologist, mountaineer and linguist.  Beautiful red hair, fine features and piercing green eyes,Bellwas the first woman to get a degree in modern history atOxford; first woman ever to travel theSyrian Desertalone, and the first female officer in British Military Intelligence. The afternoon includes; a fun and entertaining raffle auction filled with collectibles, gift certificates and art.

On November 30, meet Doug MacGregor, book author, and cartoonist with the News-Press and enjoy a light hearted look at his process for creating cartoons that are both pointed and funny.   Author and illustrator of a number of creative books, in addition to his newspaper cartoons, Doug will explore his creative process, highlight his particularly Southwest Florida art and humor; and share insights into his published books. 

On February 6, meet Robert Wittman, the man who the ‘Wall Street Journal’ called a ‘Living Legend.’ Founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, this real-life James Bond of the art world, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career working undercover to catch art thieves, scammers and black-market traders. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antiques dealer, Wittman built a twenty-one year law enforcement career that was nothing short of extraordinary.  Armed with a scholar’s passion, a con man’s smile, and a daredevil’s nerves, he worked undercover to catch art thieves, scammers, and black-market traders inParis,Philadelphia, Rio,Santa FeandMadrid.

On March 7, Ellen Prager, Marine Scientist, president of Earth2Ocean and author of “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime,” brings you deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures that make the salty depths their home. 

With affairs from an evening with Judy Garland to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, fun and unique entertainment is yours for the reserving all season long.  Space is limited and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Spring’s “Affairs” sell out fast. Contact CFABS at 495-8989 to reserve your space.  Learn more on line at

 Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between and receive 2 tickets to one of our Live at the Promenade performances.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

Full Calendar of 2011-2012 Affairs of the Arts Series:

 November 9, 2011

“Afternoon Tea with Gertrude Bell”

 November 30, 2011

“Inside the Mind of a Cartoonist” –Doug MacGregor

January 11, 2012

“The Art of Food and Wine”

February 6, 2012

“Go Undercover With Robert Wittman”

February 17, 2012

“Art of Dressing Well” –Haute Looks

February 19, 2012

“Amazing Race”- Road Rally Scavenger Hunt and Urban Sleuthing Adventure

February 25, 2012

“Bonita’s Best Bridge Game!”

February 28, 2012

“An Evening with Garland & Gershwin” – American Musical Theater

March 7, 2012

“Sex, Drugs & Sea Slime”-Ellen Prager

March 14, 2012

“Lunch with Cleopatra”

April 27-28, 2012

“Who Killed the Director?” – Mystery Dinner Theatre Extraordinaire

May 12, 2012

“Up Close, Personal & Wild”