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Central North Carolina
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist
Tell us a little about your background...
In 1981, in Philadelphia, Scott Marvill assembled a group of musicians eager to play the music they enjoyed. Jazz. They soon discovered a certain "chemistry" and musical affinity that led to their formation of "Freeport". After much song selection, the group would flourish playing for a decade together. Some of the highlights were recording and performing with Tower Of Power, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Special EFX, and Grover Washington Jr. to name a few.

Then Scott moved to North Carolina. He decided to continue the band taking the opportunity to bring the New York/Philadelphia jazz feel to the South. He assembled players and instrumentation that would provide a unique sound. Doing this has created a very full and flexible sound allowing Freeport to play all types of jazz. This is evident by the numerous instruments on stage including three keyboards, multiple saxes (Alto, Tenor, Soprano), flute, drums, guitar and basses.

Since re-entering the jazz community several years ago Freeport has found themselves as busy as they want to be performing with and shared stages with Bob James, James Cotton, Dee Lucas, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Eric Mintel among others. Why? In a recent radio interview on 88.5 WFDD Marvill says "we found that drawing from multiple music styles such as Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz standards, and R&B gives everyone what they want. Plus there are no self-imposed limits within the band. Our performances are always fresh not knowing what influence will creep into that particular song. Our arrangements and performances are impacted by dynamic changes and influences from all styles of jazz. In fact, what we hear most is the enjoyment of these influences we apply in our songs." This infusion helps communicating and connecting to the audience. Also, Freeport pays close attention to how and what the audience reacts to and in turn providing them exactly what they want at the same time not forgiving musical exploration and feel.

Freeport offers a combination of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and Jazz Standards. The four piece Jazz group consists of Steve Thorton on saxes, flute, keyboards, Malik Graham on keyboards, Herman Sanders on drums, and Scott Marvill on guitar and basses.

Audience reactions have been great and they seem to not be able to get enough. They are hungry for Freeport's versatile styles of jazz. Freeport self-described slogan is "Jazz For All People". And that's just what they deliver. Come see what the buzz is about.
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Posted on May 10, 2010 at 7:54pm 1 Comment

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Find yourself minus a bassist or a guitarist for that upcoming festival, venue, tour or gig? You want an experienced pro. Perhaps someone who has performed and recorded with the likes of Grover Washington Jr, The Temptations, Bob James, Four Tops, Tower Of Power, Special EFX, and many many others. He should be a good reader and have a vast and broad…


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At 11:07pm on August 22, 2009, Ron Gill said…
Hi, I found your comments here about Charlotte to be very interesting and telling. I am interested in where the jazz audience is, and what it takes to bring them out. Let's start here and then we can communicate in other ways to find out what's happening. Who is the person bringing talent into Charlotte?
At 9:54pm on March 17, 2009, Eric B. said…
Come check out the Carolina Musicians Group!

We hope to see you there!
At 6:57pm on February 28, 2009, exe*Cute* said…
Welcome to our Family here at TJN ~ Hope You will have a Lot of Fun with us --- as we have Great Talent, and Sounds at this very Special 24/7- J@zzClub !!

You surely will be a Real Asset here !!

Would be a Great Honour to be Your Friend ...

Also would be a real Pleasure to Invite You to Join, and share our Luv of J@zz ~ with the Great Sounds at The J@zz Network Listening Room here --->
Happy Listening;
At 7:09pm on February 24, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
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