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  • Spotlight Jazz with Bill Prince

    Wed, August 21, 2018
    6:30-9:30pm
    with the Nick DeCarlis Quartet

    Bill Prince is well-known for his unique ability to perform professionally on multiple instruments, including trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and electric bass. For example, although he played trumpet with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, he was first offered a chair in the saxophone section. Bill is a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida and has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with a number of well-known big bands including Xavier  Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and  Louis Bellson. He has appeared on TV shows in the United States, Canada, and Japan, and has has performed on over 50 albums including his The Best Kept Secret in Jazz. In more  recent years Bill has developed a cabaret show that he performs on cruise ships around the  world. Visit www.BillPrince.net for more information. 

    Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set. Call 352.378.7152 today!


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  • Spotlight Jazz with Don Mopsick on double bass

    Wednesday, June 26th
    Three Sets: 6:30-9:30

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

    Rhythm will be king!

    Don Mopsick began his musical career as a teenager in his hometown of Linden, NJ, performing on trumpet and bass guitar. He attended Rutgers and Berklee College of Music. His first professional gigs were with Rosemary Clooney around Boston in 1972.

    Mopsick’s musical interests have always been eclectic. He was graduated from The Manhattan School of Music in 1977 with a degree in Tuba Performance. While in New York he performed on tuba and bass with The Smith Street Society, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, John Carisi, Paul Jefferey and others.


    After a 1977 move to Ft. Myers FL, Mopsick began double bass study with Lucas Drew at the U. of Miami. RESERVATIONS: 378-7152He moved to Orlando in 1983, working free-lance jazz bass state-wide. He played concert dates for, among others, The Jazz Club of Sarasota, The Treasure Coast Jazz Society, and The Gainesville Friends of Jazz, Florida concert dates with Howard Alden, Mousey Alexander, Bill Allred, Dan Barrett, John Bunch, Pete Christleib, Al Cohn, Richie Cole, Kenny Davern, Buddy DeFranco, Don Goldie, Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, Buddy Morrow, Ken Peplowski, Flip Phillips, Red Rodney, Bob Rosengarden, Ira Sullivan, Clark Terry & Warren Vaché Jr.

    Mopsick joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio in 1991. He played nightly at The Landing jazz club and toured with them in the US & abroad. He recorded hundreds of hours for the Riverwalk Jazz public radio series with guests Benny Carter, Clark Terry, Bob Wilber, Dick Hyman, Kenny Davern, Milt Hinton, Nicholas Payton, “Sweets” Edison, Harry Allen, Dan Barrett, Joe Williams, Rebecca Kilgore, Bob Barnard, Bria Skonberg, Jon-Erik Kellso, Vince Giordano, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Stephanie Nakasian, Shelly Berg and many others. He left Texas in May 2010.

    Since his return to Florida, Don has appeared with Ira Sullivan, Aaron Weinstein, Veronica Swift, Carla Cook, Lew DelGatto, Dan Miller, Giacomo Gates, Wycliff Gordon,
    Russell Malone, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joshua Breakstone, Peter Appleyard, Dick Hyman. Kenny Washington, Harry Allen, Frank Portolese, Marty Morell, Harry Allen, Randy Sandke & others.

    RESERVATIONS: 378-7152

  • Spotlight Jazz with Jeff Rupert on tenor saxophone

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

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

    Director of Jazz Studies at UCF
    If you enjoy tenor sax, you won’t want to miss Jeff Rupert! Jeff 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, Benny Green, Kenny Drew Jr, and 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.

  • Father's Day Specials

    Bring Dad in for delicious specials only available this Father's Day! We'll have our regular Sunday Brunch 10am to 2pm, featuring Gosia and Ali, with regular dinner menu  and Father's Day specials starting at 2pm.

    SPECIALS 

    • Crab Cake Appetizer
    • Osso Bucco w/ Saffron Risotto Milanese
    • Surf and Turf 6 oz tenderloin with 5 oz. lobster tail comes with roasted asparagus
    • Shrimp Parmesan with pasta and veggie
    • Seafood Pappadelle jumbo scallop, shrimp, clams, mussels w/tomato Beurre Blanc sauce
  • 5 Years of High Note Jazz Night!











    Five Year Anniversary Musical Event

    Nick DeCarlis Quartet featuring THREE musical guests!
    TERRY MYERS
    BILL PRINCE
    JEFF RUPERT

    Tuesday November 13th

    TWO SEATINGS:
    6pm - $40 (music 6:30-7:45)
    8pm - $30 (music 8:15-9:30)

    BUFFET ITEMS:

    • Francesca’s House Salad - with Balsamic & Creamy Italian Dressings
    • NY Strip Café de Paris - served with a Dijon Brandy Cream
    • Salmon Picatta - white wine, lemon butter with capers
    • Pasta Massimo - grilled chicken, gorgonzola cream sauce, penne pasta
    • Eggplant Rollatini (vegetarian)
    • Pasta Puttanesca - Linguine with olives, capers, onions & tomatoes
    • Wild Mushroom Risotto / Garlic Rolls
    • Tiramisu for Dessert

    Reservations are highly recommended! Call today at 352-378-7125

  • Clear Sound Audiology Lunch and Learn


    Dr. Jagadish Swamy, Dr. Jennifer Larmann, and Dr. Michelle Lang are passionate about educating the public on hearing conservation and the devastating impacts hearing impairment can have on our lives. 

    So, Clear Sound Audiology is hosting a free lunch and learn at Francesca's Trattoria to tell you all about it. Come learn about how to protect your ears and ways to improve your hearing while enjoying a light lunch on us!

    Reserve your spot now! 

    • Ear All About It Lunch & Learn: Everything you wanted to know about hearing but never had the chance to ask
    • Francesca's Trattoria, 4410 NW 25th Place, Gainesville, FL 32606
    • Saturday, September 29, 2018 12:00pm-1:30pm

    Spots are limited to the first 30 who RSVP. Call (352) 505-6766 to reserve your seat!

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