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gary starling jazz bands

Jacksonville's Choice Jazz Band for Corporate Events, Receptions, Parties, 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, Jim Snidero, Ben Tucker, Doug Carn,

Clarence Palmer and numerous others.

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.  Years of experiential wisdom nurtured by personal encounters with Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and other masters, benefits clients and students alike.

Gary Starling jazz band Sanddollar deck


Gary Starling

Music Department

Jacksonville University


opening for Christian McBride at Ritz Theatre 2016



Live Music with Melodic Beauty and Sophistication presented

with Impeccable Taste and Custom Configured for Your Event

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 or larger band adds sax, trumpet, keyboard, or others.  Vocalist Carol Sheehan or singer/jazz violinist Rebecca Zapen may also be added. A funky Hammond B3 organ band is also available. Solo guitar or duo is available for smaller, intimate settings. The band's style spans 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. 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"

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