In 1981 in Philadelphia, Scott Marvill assembled a group of musicians eager to play the music they loved. Jazz. They soon discovered a certain chemistry and musical affinity that led to their formation of “Freeport”. Some highlights have been recording and performing with Tower Of Power, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Special EFX, and Grover Washington Jr.

Then Scott moved to NC taking the opportunity to bring the NY/Philadelphia jazz feel to the South. Since re-entering the jazz community five years ago Freeport has found themselves performing with the likes of Bob James, Marion Meadows, Joyce Cooling, Paul Brown, Nils, Bob Baldwin, Matt Marshak, Dee Lucas, Marcus Johnson, and the list goes on. They are as busy as they want to be. Why? In a recent radio interview 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 with communicating and connecting to the audience. 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.

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