Born: February, 1957 Primary Instrument: Bass
Bassist Scott Marvill, a founding member of Freeport, is originally from Philadelphia, PA. His father, a jazz drummer, had a great effect on his early development. Scott remembers music always being played in his house and recalled that his Dad would go to the basement after dinner and play along with recordings. Scott joined in on any instrument found in the basement, be it bongos, a woodblock, the guitar, even a box.
One day his Godfather, a jazz guitarist himself, showed Scott a version of the 9th chord, and that did it. He became a guitarist then at the age of 11.
In his twenties, he found himself attendng Combs College of Music, playing gigs, teaching guitar and bass, traveling and being a session man at Ridge Sound Studios in Philly. He worked with numerous acts such as The Temptations, Four Tops, Grover Washington Jr, Leslie Gore, The Dovells, and most of the touring oldies acts in the 1980s.
Deciding to get off the road and focus on a single project, he started Freeport in Philly in 1981 with then bassist Mike Serratore. The jazz/funk band had success and enjoyed a run of 8 years opening for Tower Of Power, The Temptations, Special EFX and other national acts.
Once moving to North Carolina, Scott played with various local acts and continued to travel back to Philly for specific gigs. After playing for a number of years as a guitarist in local and regional acts, he decided to focus on the bass which has always been a passion for him.
Scott next decided to get back to his jazz roots and wanted to bring the Philly/New York contemporary jazz sound to the region that was captured by the original Freeport. After going through several players he finalized the current members. The chemistry and desire was shared by all the guys. And so Freeport hit NC and has been going strong since!! ©