Rebecca Zapen, photo Jensen Hande
  photo Jensen Hande

  :: a l b u m s ::
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 jazz standards and bossa nova ZapStar
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 jazz standards, bossa nova, and originals Hummingbird
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 award-winning original folk / baroque pop Japanese Bathhouse
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 Michelle Payne & Rebecca Zapen /traditional folk/  Songs of Bother and Woe /indie folk/

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Tampa Bay's premier jazz quartet, Swingset, features bandleader Phil Magallanes on bass, Rebecca Zapen on vocals and violin, Jeremy Douglass on keys, and Rich MacDonald on drums. Check out our video, with songs such as Route 66, Girl From Ipanema, Don't Know Why, My One and Only Love, and Autumn Leaves: Swingset. Swingset has already made a splash in the Tampa Bay music scene, having played several events at the Vinoy and a sold-out Jazz Christmas show at Hideaway Cafe.

Swingset Demo from Creative Bundle on Vimeo.

{ Rebecca Zapen Quartet }

Rebecca Zapen Quartet features the brilliant guitar playing of LaRue Nickelson, the solid groove of Joe Porter on double bass, the tasteful drumming of Ian Goodman, and the sultry vocals and violin of Rebecca Zapen. The group has performed in Tampa Bay and Central Florida for concerts, private events, and in nightclubs. Past venues, events, and clients include: Jazz Club of Sarasota, Get Jazzed St. Petersburg, Gulfport Casino, and Johnson & Johnson. Based in Tampa Bay, the group is happy to travel to your event.

{ ZapStar }

The Rebecca Zapen / Gary Starling Group -- a.k.a. ZapStar -- is a jazz oriented group that projects a sophisticated ambiance. Their music is rooted in the standards of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, et al, latin forms like bossa nova and samba, and rearranging pop tunes in their own way, as well as interpreting Zapen's original compositions. ZapStar has been performing on a regular basis in venues running the gamut from nightclubs, festivals and concerts, to hotels, restaurants and private clubs. Based in Jacksonville, the group is happy to travel to your event. To learn more about Gary Starling visit his website.


zapstar_cover_80hThe Rebecca Zapen / Gary Starling Group presents their album ZAPSTAR. A heartfelt musical offering from four sensitive and dynamic performers, ZAPSTAR features Rebecca Zapen on violin and vocals, Gary Starling on guitar, Chelsea Chason on upright bass, and Peter Miles on drums.

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ZAPSTAR (Bashert Records 2006)
1. On The Street Where You Live
2. Like Someone In Love
3. It Might As Well Be Spring
4. How Deep Is The Ocean
5. It Ain't Necessarily So
6. Things We Said Today
7. Nuages
8. Bernie's Tune
9. I Only Have Eyes For You
10. When You Wish Upon A Star
11. I thought About You
12. Here Comes The Sun

Hummingbird (Bashert 2003) HUMMINGBIRD (Bashert Records 2003)
1. Andrea
2. Halfway Down The Stairs
3. Look For The Silver Lining
4. I Fall In Love Too Easily
5. Shooting Star
6. We'll Be Together Again
7. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
8. Someone To Watch Over Me
9. Nature Boy
10. Over The Rainbow
11. How Does Your Tomorrow Look
12. Take Wing
13. You Are There
14. Hummingbird

Rebecca Zapen, violin/vocals
Gary Starling, guitar
Chelsea Chason, bass
Steve Clark, drums
(Hummingbird album credits: Darren Ronan - drums, John Ricci - sax, Tony Steve - marimba)

Whad'Ya Know 2/2/08 - Andrea
Musical guest on Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know, on Public Radio International. Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL. February 2008

Chelsea Chason, Rebecca Zapen, Gary Starling
Jacksonville Jazz Festival