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  • Spotlight Jazz with Jeff Rupert

    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.


  • Mother's Day 2016

    Join us, Sunday May 8 and help Mom celebrate in style!



    Lamb Chops
    1/2 rack of lamb pan seared and slow roasted in the oven, finished with a Cafe de Paris Dijon-Brandy cream sauce. Served with a wild mushroom risotto and sauteed seasonal vegetable. (please allow time for preparation)

    Crab Stuffed Ravioli
    handmade ravioli filled with crab, boursin and roasted red peppers. Served with a lemon cream sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil.

    Pan Seared Salmon
    served with a citrus buerre blanc, choice of pasta and vegetable medley.

    Spinach Mezzalunas
    filled with spinach, pine nuts, sundried tomato and ricotta with a pesto cream sauce.

    For Dessert
    White Chocolate Layer Cake with berries and Chambord cream or
    Luscious Dark Chocolate Mousse



  • Spotlight Jazz

    We're bringing Austin to Gainesville!

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016


    Spotlight Series Guest: David Jellema
    on clarinet & cornet 

    Austin, Texas-based David Jellema plays trad & swing jazz on a rare combination of instruments—clarinet and cornet. Growing up in Washington, DC (and summers in Michigan) exposed David to a variety of jazz mentors who inspired Jellema’s leanings toward the lyrical cornet styles of Bix Beiderbecke and Bobby Hackett. Clarinet influences included Benny Goodman and Ron Hockett.

    While working at the American History Museum’s Archive Center, processing Duke Ellington’s business records, he made national jazz festival appearances with the New Traditional Jazz Band. In 2007 he set out to play music full time, and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he became a regular at Jim Cullum’s Landing Patio, subbed for Cullum in the house band, and formed his own band, the Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats. The swing dance, vibrant live music, and “retro” social scenes in Austin lured him to move there.

    He has been performing, recording and touring, with the Thrift Set Orchestra, the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, the Hollywood Revue, the East Side Dandies, and the Jazz Pharaohs. He has performed at the “Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival,” five years at the New Orleans annual “French Quarter Festival” with the Audacity Brass Band, Houston’s “Lindyfest,” Asheville NC’s “Lindy Focus,” Austin’s own “Lindy Exchange” and “Hot Rhythm Holiday,” “New Hampshire Swing Out,” and “Boston Dirty Water Lindy and Blues Exchange.”

    Make Reservations! Our Spotlight Jazz Series tends to book up quickly - call us today! (352)378-7152!


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