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  • Spotlight Jazz Featuring Pat Gullotta

    Wednesday, September 14th
    6:30 - 9:30pm

    Trust me when I tell you that Pat Gullotta literally blew us away the two times he was our Spotlight guest. If you were there on either occasion, I know you will want to hear him again, and if you missed that night, here’s your chance to catch one of the best trombone players anywhere!

    From the Orlando area, Pat performs with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as soloist and lead trombone. He also plays with “Michael Andrew and Swingerhead”, was a regular at B.B. King’s Blues Club for many years, and toured with popular festival jazz band “The Black Dogs.” Pat is known for his unique signature sound and high energy.

    We highly encourage you to make reservations for this event! Our Jazz Spotlight Series fills up quickly, so you don't want to miss out! Call us today at 352.378.7152.

  • Spotlight Jazz with Gary Starling

    Gary Starling on guitar
    with the Nick DeCarlis Trio

    Wednesday August 10, 6:30-9:30pm

    Gary Starling is synonymous with jazz on the Florida First Coast. Artist in Residence and professor of guitar at Jacksonville University, he has inspired and broadened the horizons of hundreds of aspiring musicians and has performed with Bob Hope, Diahann Carroll, Rita Moreno, Skitch Henderson, the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra and others. He has appeared with jazz artists Eddie Harris, Nat Adderley, and numerous others. 

    The Gary Starling Group has made multiple appearances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Some other past engagements include: Hilton Head Jazz Society, Pleasure Island at Disney World, Gainesville Friends of Jazz and Blues, the Cloister Hotel at Sea Island, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island Plantation, World Golf Village, White Oak Plantation, Epping Forest Yacht Club, Greyfield Inn, Miami Beach Convention Center, University Club, River Club, Sawgrass Club, Ponte Vedra Inn, San Sebastian Winery, Cummer Ball, Ragtime Tavern, Casa Monica Hotel, Jacksonville Landing, and a live appearance on Public Radio’s “Whad’ya Know” 

    In May 2012 Gary Starling was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame recognizing those who have made significant contributions to jazz in Jacksonville. 

    Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set. Consider the second set at 7:45!

    Seating near the band is limited - make your reservations now! Call us today at 352-378-7152

  • Spotlight Jazz with Jacob Lawson

    Jacob Lawson on violin
    with the Nick DeCarlis Trio

    Wednesday, July 13th, 6:30 - 9:30

    And now for something completely different: Violinist Jacob Lawson greatly impressed me the first time I heard him—and some time later, when he sat in with the Trio, we were pleasantly surprised at the successful (yet unconventional) combination of violin and cornet. 

    As an added treat, Jacob will be playing the violin which belonged to my late grandfather (Nick DeCarlis, for whom I am named), who played it in dance bands prior to WWII. It has a particularly dark tone, well suited for jazz. My grandfather was an ardent admirer of famed jazz violinist Joe Venutti, so this will be a special evening as we re-create the sounds of that era. 

    Jacob Lawson is a violinist, producer and composer who has recorded with and composed arrangements for best selling recording artists including Guster, Sixpence None-the-Richer, Jars of Clay, Ce Ce Winans, Vienna Teng, and Venus Hum as well as dozens of other major label artists. He has performed with these and other artists including Tim McGraw, Jill Sobule, and Richard Julian throughout the US and Europe and has appeared in broadcast on the BBC, MTV, Vh1, CBS, ABC and NPR. As a composer his clients have included David’s Bridal, Shakespeare and Co., Haus, George St. Playhouse, Cellfish, Jumping Giant, and Spork Productions. He scored the award winning film Fray, and was a contributing composer for the films Boy Wonder, Kartellet and the animated series The Passion of Jimmy.

    This will be an exciting night you won’t want to miss. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set.

    Give us a call and make your reservations now! 352-378-7152

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