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MUSIC - FREEPORT JAZZ

SCOTT MARVILL   -   STEVE THORNTON   -   JO DANIELS   -   TONY TESTA   -   VIDEOS


Freeport, organized in 1981 in Philadelphia, "Scott Marvill assembled a group of musicians eager to play the music they enjoyed. Jazz."  Freeport has recorded and performed with Tower Of Power, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Special EFX, and Grover Washington Jr. to name a few. Several years ago Scott moved to Winston-Salem, NC where he reorganized Freeport.   The band has performed with artists like Bob James, James Cotton, Joyce Cooling, Paul Brown, Nils, Bob Baldwin, Eric Mintel, Matt Marshak, Dee Lucas, Marcus Johnson, and the list goes on.

"Freeport offers a combination of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and Jazz Standards." The four piece Jazz group consists of Steve Thornton on saxes, flute, percussion, Jo Daniels on keyboards, Tony Testa on drums, and Scott Marvill on guitar and basses.

SCOTT MARVILL

Guitar and basses.  Scott is the founding member of Freeport, and is originally from Philadelphia, PA. His father was a drummer, so music was a staple of his growth.  He began playing the guitar at age 11.  He attended the Combs College of Music.  Scott has worn many music hats over the years.  For a while, he traveled, performing with "The Temptations, Four Tops, Grover Washington Jr., Leslie Gore, The Dovells, and most of the touring oldies acts in the 1980s."  He was a 'session man" at Ridge Sound Studios in Philadelphia for a number of years.  In 1981, he formed the Freeport band in Philadelphia.  The group was together for eight successful years before Scott relocated to North Carolina. In the Carolinas, he performed with local bands for a number of years and then decided to bring Freeport back. 


STEVE THORNTON

A multi-instrumentalist, performing with sax, guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion instruments.   Steve became a member of Freeport Jazz in 2007.  He came to the group with broad musical experience performing Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Classical and Reggae music.  Steve often performs as the "frontman" for Freeport.  His style of playing is described as "soulful, appropriate, inquisitive, and smooth."


JO DANIELS


Keyboards. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio,  Jo's family moved to North Carolina when he was growing up. He has a B.S. in Music Education and a Masters in Educational. He was a Professor of Commercial Music classes and online music classes at Winston Salem State University, and the Conductor/Arranger for the original National Black Theatre in 1984 with Larry Hamlin in Winston-Salem.    Jo lived and toured in France, Belgium and Africa.


TONY TESTA



Drums. From Niagara Falls, NY, "Tony learned to play the drums/percussion at a ripe age of 5 yrs old (the previous two years of beating anything with wooden spoons really should not count as skilled intentions, as lessons and the first kit came at 5)!"  Tony has performed competitively throughout his life across the US in several Jazz competitions and All-State Conferences.  Tony's music has been heard in many venues from New York City, to Seattle, to Texas.  He is now performing with Freeport Jazz.


VIDEOS:

Freeport Jazz at Prime Smokehouse in Raleigh, NC

FREEPORT: "After The Rain" (radio version)