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  • Sweetheart Jazz with Rebecca Zapen

    Featuring Rebecca Zapen on vocals & violin!
    Classic Jazz Standards with the NICK DECARLIS QUARTET

    Reservations HIGHLY recommended!! 352.378.7152

    Wednesday, February 13th
    6:00 (music 6:30-7:45)
    8:00 (music 8:15-9:30)

    Rebecca Zapen was a huge hit at her Francesca’s debut performance last September with her lovely singing & violin playing. Skip the Valentine’s Day rush and join us a day early on February 13th—we are expecting a big crowd for her return, so make your reservations now!

    A third-generation musician in a family tree including players of violin, piano, double bass, guitar, and accordion, Rebecca Zapen has developed into a multifaceted performer: classically-trained violinist, jazz crooner, and award-winning songwriter. She graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Music and Biology. Past appearances include Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Florida Folk Festival, and Public Radio International show Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?. Currently performing extensively in Florida, past tours have included venues such as The Bitter End (NYC), Genghis Cohen (L.A.), and Katerina’s (Chicago), and abroad at Les Temps Modernes (Switzerland), Le Caveau des Oubliettes (France), and Paganini Auditorium (Italy).

    The versatile vocalist and violinist has released 4 albums: Hummingbird, Japanese Bathhouse, ZapStar, and Nest. Awards and accolades include: Florida Album of the Year 2011 for Nest; Jacksonville’s Musician of the Year 2008; and Best Cabaret Album & Best Cabaret Song in Just Plain Folks Awards 2009 for Japanese Bathhouse. Zapen’s original songs appeared in a national promotion for Crocs Shoes. She placed 2nd in the Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest, and she was a Finalist in the 2007 DiscMakers’ Independent Music World Series. Zapen was awarded Best Local Classical Musician in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2015. Nest received 6 nominations in the JPF Music Awards 2017. Originally a native of Jacksonville, Florida, St. Petersburg has been her home since 2008, where she lives with her husband, pianist, music director and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, and their two children.

    For more info and upcoming performance dates, visit

    Reservations HIGHLY recommended - this event will book up fast! 352.378.7152

  • Deal for Sunday's Big Game!

    This is a deal you don't want to miss...

    Just in time for the Big Game - grab 10% off any purchase of $25 or more on qualifying Take Home and Family Pack orders! You'll be the hit of any party when you show up with delicious handmade Italian from Francesa's in tow. Don't miss out - give us a call and order yours now.

    Please call ahead for Family Pack orders. Deal valid for carry-out pick up Sunday, February 3rd ONLY.

  • Spotlight Jazz with Jeff Stockham

    February 6, 2019

    with the Nick DeCarlis Quartet
    Two Seatings
    6:00 (music 6:30-7:45)
    8:00 (music 8:15-9:30)

    You’ve heard the saying “jack of all trades, master of none.” Well, my friend Jeff Stockham is the exception to the rule! From Civil War-era recreation bands to hard be-bop and everything in-between (like his “Stock Market Swing Orchestra” big band), Jeff does it all, and very well indeed. We’re lucky that Jeff makes a swing through Florida every winter and makes time to stop in Gainesville—we really look forward to doing our “two-horn” gigs (the first was a Gainesville Friends of Jazz concert,“Double Take,” in 2005). Jeff is well-known to New York music fans. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and a veteran of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble, his performance credits read like a Who’s Who of the upstate New York music scene. 

    Last month our Spotlight Series evening was packed, so make your reservations now!


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