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  • Spotlight Jazz with Bill Fote

    Special TUESDAY Two-Horn Jazz Event

    Tuesday May 28
    TWO SETS: 6:30-8:30

    Classic Jazz Standards with the NICK DECARLIS QUARTET
    Nick DeCarlis, cornet / Thomas Royal, piano / David Ottenberg, bass / Carl Manna, drums

    Francesca’s will be closed on Wednesday, May 29th for a private party, which is our normal jazz night. So we are moving to Tuesday, May 28th and have something special planned! Bill Fote (trumpet) is originally from Upstate N.Y. and grew up in a family of musicians. He was part of the “family band”, where he started out as a drummer. He played his first professional gig at age 13, and later developed as the group’s trumpet player. The Fote family moved to the Orlando, Florida area while he was still in high school, during which he was selected as the lead trumpet player in the Florida All State Jazz Ensemble. At 19, he was a union musician playing professionally at Disney World, Circus World and convention work in Orlando, Florida. Bill also traveled with the bands for local touring shows, including Eddie Fisher, Donald O’Connor, Kaye Starr & Pat Boone, along with many others. Following this, he continued his studies in Business Administration at the University of Florida. While in college he played casual gigs in Gainesville, Orlando and all points in between. He also played with and was featured in the U.F. Jazz band along with guest artists Mokoto Ozone & Marvin Stamm, and graduated with an BS/BA degree from U.F. The past two decades he has owned & operated a private business (Bill Fote, Inc.)

    RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED! Call us today to make yours at  352-378-7152

  • Spotlight Jazz with Jim Snyder

    Wednesday May 8
    6:00 (music 6:30-7:45)
    8:00 (music 8:15-9:30)

    PRESENTING SPOTLIGHT SERIES GUEST:
     Jim Snyder
     on clarinet & tenor sax
     with the Nick DeCarlis Trio

    Clarinetist Jim Snyder’s music career spans over 43 years: from long residencies at theme parks, cruise ships, and two World’s Fairs to years of touring “on the road” to appearances at over 100 jazz festivals in the US, Europe, andJapan. He was the clarinet player and right hand man for Al Hirt; clarinetist with the Dukes of Dixieland; and honed his skills in the jazz communities ofNew Orleans and Washington, DC. As a featured Yamaha Artist and Clinician,Jim is often consulted on instrument design. He has been the clarinet advice columnist for Halftime Magazine since 2007. Jim’s current music project is Raisin Cake Orchestra, a Jacksonville-based quartet fusing New Orleans jazz withfunk, gospel, and r&b styles.

    www.TheClarinetGuy.com

    We highly recommend you make reservations - call us today at 352.378.7125

     

  • Mother Day Brunch 2019


    Please join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday with a wonderful brunch buffet!

    All Moms receive a complimentary Mimosa or glass of Chardonnay!

    Our Menu Includes:

    Grilled Chicken Breast with Pesto Cream Sauce
    Pork Tenderloin with a Sweet Balsamic and Fig Reduction
    Stuffed Shells with Seafood a la Napoli
    Shrimp and Goat Cheese Penne Pasta
    Eggplant Rollatini
    Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
    Wild Mushroom Risotto
    Green Beans Amandine
    Orange and Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
    Omelettes Cooked to Order
    Sausage, Bacon and Scrambled Eggs
    Brunch Potatoes with Onions and Peppers
    Belgian Waffles and French Toast
    Salmon Gravlax and Bagel
    Holiday House Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Creamy Italian Dressings
    Fresh Fruit
    Vegetable Rotini Salad
    Assorted Breads, Bagels, and Decadent Desserts
    Coffee and Soft Beverages Included

    **at 2:30pm, breakfast items will be replaced with Salmon Picatta, Chicken Marsala, and Vegetarian Puttanesca.**

    $39.95 pp plus 7% sales tax and 18% gratuity. Children 10 and younger $16.95.
    Our regular menus are unavailable for this day. Dine in only. No carryout for leftovers. We are unable to apply any discounts to this holiday meal

    Make Your Reservations Now (352)378-7152

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