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by Rebecca Zapen / Gary Starling Group

"ZapStar" features singer and violinist Rebecca Zapen. Her seductive voice caresses the ear while guitar, upright bass, and drums set an insouciant swinging rhythm going. The voice pulls in one direction, the beat in another.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On the Street Where You Live
4:32 $0.99
2. Like Someone in Love
5:43 $0.99
3. It Might As Well Be Spring
6:21 $0.99
4. How Deep Is the Ocean
6:56 $0.99
5. It Ain't Necessarily So
4:31 $0.99
6. Things We Said Today
6:54 $0.99
7. Nuages
7:00 $0.99
8. Bernie's Tune
3:49 $0.99
9. I Only Have Eyes For You
5:48 $0.99
10. When You Wish Upon a Star
5:16 $0.99
11. I Thought About You
7:30 $0.99
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The Rebecca Zapen / Gary Starling Group
aka ZapStar

Rebecca Zapen - violin and vocals
Gary Starling - guitar
Chelsea Chason - double bass
Peter Miles - drums

Rebecca Zapen is a violinist/vocalist whose singing is reminiscent of Astrud Gilberto and Chet Baker, and whose violin playing draws upon the traditions of jazz violin greats Stephane Grappelli and Regina Carter. She is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the School of Music of Florida State University, and also holds a degree in biology. She has performed throughout the United States, and in destinations abroad including the UK, France, and Switzerland, gracing concert stages, intimate jazz clubs, and big band dance halls. She has released several albums: ZAPSTAR and HUMMINGBIRD, which are comprised of bossa novas, ballads, standards, and Rebecca’s original compositions (in Hummingbird), and JAPANESE BATHHOUSE, featuring all original songs by Ms. Zapen and showcasing her diversity as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. To learn more about Rebecca, visit her online at

Gary Starling: 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. The Gary Starling Group has made multiple appearances at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Gary has appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony Pops Orchestra and with jazz artists Eddie Harris, Nat Adderley, Joshua Breakstone, Carla White, Jim Snidero, Ben Tucker, and more. To learn more about Gary, visit him online at

Chelsea Chason (bass) is a graduate of the jazz studies program at University of North Florida. She has studied under Blue Note recording artists Kevin Bales and Ricky Ravelo. She has appeared with Benny Green, Marcus Printup, Cyrus Chestnut, The Heath Brothers, and Doug Wamble. She has performed with the Gary Starling Group since 1999. Chelsea is also the founder of the Awkward Pause Ensemble and a mainstay of the North Florida local music scene.

Peter Miles is an exceptional performer whose sought-after versatility keeps him busy all over the world. His current touring finds him with the Doug Wamble Quartet on the Marsalis Music label. Peter plays Sabian cymbals exclusively.



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Jerry Flakus

If you haven't listened to Zapstar, you're missing a great jazz experience. The first few bars of the opening selection "On the Street Where You Live" really get your attention. Rebeccas's hauntingly sweet voice, together with bassist Chelsea Chason's excellent accompanying work, was compellingly ear catching and the soft way the piece "drives" keeps you wanting to hear more, and more there is that is so worthwhile and enjoyable. Comparing Rebecca's voice to others may be an okay thing to do but I feel she and her talent put her in a class by herself. Also, can't say enough for the others heard on Zapstar. Gary Starling's liquidy smoothness on the guitar is equally pleasing and Peter Miles work on the drums is as crisp as celery in a delicious, savory salad all of which is so very well served up in Zapstar. Plans to purchase other of this group's recorded work are in place and will be eagerly acted on when Rebecca, Gary, Chelsea and Peter put together another recording.

Carlos T. Moura, from Brazil

Thanks, God!
Thanks, God, she's back with her delicious voice and a superb track selection.

Mary Evelyn Bell

I agree that this is an excellent album. I liked HUMMINGBIRD even better as the vocals and violin are my favorite things on both the albums, and they seemed more in the forefront on HUMMINGBIRD. I like the more traditional, unadorned kinds of jazz music, rather than the swinging kind with a lot of bass and other instruments. The selections on both albums were fine, and I truly enjoyed the original compositions, which I often do not! A great talent here.