Jacksonville's choice jazz band for clubs, corporate functions, private parties, receptions, weddings, concerts and festivals provides music with melodic beauty, rhythmic spirit, sophistication and time-proven appeal presented with impeccable taste and personally configured for each engagement. More info, pictures and soundclips can be obtained at the personal website.
Synonymous with jazz on the First Coast, Artist in Residence and professor of guitar at Jacksonville University, Gary Starling has inspired and broadened the horizons of hundreds of aspiring musicians and has played with performers such as Bob Hope, Diahann Carroll, Rita Moreno and Skitch Henderson. He has appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra and with jazz artists Eddie Harris, Nat Adderley, Joshua Breakstone, Carla White, Jim Snidero, and more. In May 2012 Gary Starling was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Hall of Fame recognizing those who have made significant contributions to jazz in Jacksonville.
The group can be tailored to your event utilizing the area's best musicians. Guitar, upright bass and drums form the core jazz trio with singer/jazz violinist Rebecca Zapen available for a unique and mesmerizing collaboration. Saxophone, trumpet, and piano may also be added. Additionally, a band featuring Hammond B3 organ is available for the funky Jimmy Smith groove. Solo guitar or duo is available for smaller,intimate settings. The group's musical style ranges from jazz and pop standards, swing, bossa nova and samba, to contemporary funky jazz.
Some past engagements include: Hilton Head Jazz Society, Pleasure Island at Disney World, Gainesville Friends of Jazz and Blues, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Miami Beach Convention Center, The Cloister Hotel At Sea Island, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Amelia Island Plantation, World Golf Village, White Oak Plantation, Epping Forest Yacht Club, Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, University Club, River Club, Sawgrass Club, Casa Monica Hotel, Ragtime Tavern, The Brick, San Sebastian Winery, Cummer Ball, Jacksonville Landing, a live appearance on Public Radio's "Whad ya Know", and many more. We do, occasionally travel for engagements, but mainly serve the Jacksonville and North Florida/South Georgia area.
"Starling's sense of swing and impeccable taste make his live gigs something special." Tony Green, Jazziz magazine
"You guys were great and really added to the event. We were very pleased". Keli Coughlin, Executive Director, Tom Coughlin Jay Fund
"I can't thank you enough for the terrific work you did at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. It was by far our greatest year and you guys did a great deal to make it work so well". Dan Kossoff, Executive Producer, Jacksonville Jazz Festival