By Patrice Shields
The versatile and accomplished trumpet master Bob Zottola has played with the best performers in the music industry. His resume of accompaniments includes music legends Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Stevie Wonder, Mel Torme, and Peggy Lee. Zottola brings his classic quintet “Jazz Simpatico,” to the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Friday, May 6, 8:00pm for “A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis.”
In addition to providing the trumpet sound behind some of the most memorable voices in musical history, Zottola played for the hottest show on Broadway including West Side Story, Chicago, 42nd Street, Hello Dolly and a 16-year run with Les Miserables. With a history that includes the entire who’s who of the music industry, one might think Zottola would find the audiences of Southwest Florida anticlimactic, but he loves playing for local jazz fans.
“There’s something very, very special about who I call ‘The Naples Jazz Lovers.’ Part of it might be the nostalgia factor. They lived through the big band era,” says Zottola.
Zotolla’s program for the evening traces the evolution of Jazz through the myriad of innovative musicians. Zottola and his band highlight the great music of two major Jazz influences, Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong and Miles Davis. Follow the development of Jazz as an American art form and enjoy Latin, Afro-Cuban music, then on to the great voice of Billie Holiday. The evening includes music from Bob’s ‘Old Boss’ the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.
If you are a jazz lover, then heed the trumpet call of the great Bob Zottola and get your tickets for “A Night of Jazz,” at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. Tickets are $22 Members, $27 Non-members, $32 at the door for all and can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance, including “A Night of Jazz.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.
The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, May 7, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” Sunday, May 8, 3:00pm, “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14, 7:00pm & Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15 2:00pm, and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: A Night of Jazz: From Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016; 8:00pm
COST: Tickets: $22 Members, $27 Non-members, $32 At Door