- fine live music -
Jacksonville's Choice Jazz Band for Corporate Events,
Parties, Receptions, Clubs and Festival Entertainment
Synonymous with jazz on the Florida 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 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, Joshua Breakstone, Carla White, Ben Tucker, Jim Snidero, Doug Carn, Clarence Palmer and numerous other bands.
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.
Years of experiential wisdom nurtured by personal encounters with Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and other masters, benefits clients and students alike.
Live Music With Melodic Beauty and Sophistication, Presented With Impeccable Taste and Personally Configured For Each Engagement
The group can be tailored to your event utilizing the best Jacksonville
musicians. Guitar, upright bass and drums form the core jazz trio. The quartet adds saxophone and/or singer/jazz violinist Rebecca Zapen or singer Carol Sheehan. Trumpet, trombone, piano can be added to create a larger band. A funky Hammond B3 organ band is also available. Solo guitar or duo is available for smaller, intimate settings. The band's style ranges from jazz and pop standards, swing, bossa nova and samba, to funky jazz. The Gary Starling Group has made multiple appearances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. 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" among others.