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  • Spotlight Jazz with Gary Starling

    Gary Starling on guitar
    with the Nick DeCarlis Trio

    Wednesday August 16, 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 Jeff Rupert

    Wednesday June 14
    6:30 - 9:30pm

    Jeff Rupert's first Spotlight appearance last year was a sellout. If you enjoy tenor sax, you won't want to miss this!

    Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Professor, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. He is a saxophonist, composer, record producer, and recording artist.

    Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter’s Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He has also performed with Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

    Rupert currently is the leader of The Jazz Professors, which had top JazzWeek charting hit albums in 2012 and 2013. His third album, “From Memphis to Mobile”, with Kenny Drew, Jr.

    Rupert joined Sam Rivers’ band in 1996 and appeared in four recordings with the group. He has performed in hundreds of concerts with Rivers, including performances at Lincoln for Ed Bradley’s Jazz from Lincoln Center (broadcast on NPR), the Vision Festival NYC and Columbia University.

    LAST YEAR SOLD OUT! SEATING NEAR THE BAND IS LIMITED
    MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!
    Call us at 352.378.7152

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