|July 12, 2015 -- Mason Margut Quartet|
Pianist Mason Margut, a rising star who was the 2014 SCJS Scholarship winner, will perform with his jazz quartet at the July concert meeting of the Space Coast Jazz Society.
His jazz quartet includes Ron Pirtle on bass, Casey Dodd on drums and Kristen Warren on vocals.
The event is from 2 to 4:30 PM Sunday, July 12th, at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach. Purchase tickets at the door: $10 for SCJS members, $15 for non-members and no charge for students.
A native of Satellite Beach, Margut started playing the piano at the age of 9. It was his participation in the Satellite High School jazz band and an exploration into the music’s landmark recordings that left jazz an unmistakable influence on his musical career. Since then, he has played with numerous jazz groups and orchestras in Brevard County at places including Heidi’s Jazz Club, the Atlantic Music Center, and the King Center for the Performing Arts before moving to Tallahassee. While in Tallahassee, Mason has been a sought-after musician, serving as a pianist in various contexts; in student combos, big bands, vocal ensembles, rock/funk groups, musical theatre orchestras, accompanying musicians in the classical studios, and playing in numerous student-led small jazz groups. Mason is currently a sophomore at Florida State University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, and studies with William Peterson and Marcus Roberts.
|Aug 9, 2015 -- Steve Kirsner and Friends|
Pianist Steve Kirsner, whose music and banter have provided many happy hours at Heidi’s Jazz Club over the last six years, will lead his jazz quintet at the August concert of the Space Coast Jazz Society.
The encore event will be from 2 to 4:30 PM Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach. Purchase tickets at the door: $10 for SCJS members, $15 for nonmembers. Students free.
The quintet includes Kirsner on piano, Dave Lewis on bass guitar, Stan Soloko on drums, Len Bentley on trumpet, Steve Mazzi on saxophones and flute, and a special guest vocalist.
All of the musicians have sat in with each other at various times at the popular Thursday afternoon concerts at the Sunset Grill in Cocoa Beach. Before that, they also played for years at the old Lloyds at Port Canaveral under the leadership of the late Wes Kirby. At that time, the band was The Ragtime Rascals with a focus on Dixieland. Dave Lewis became the bandleader.
When the ownership of Lloyds changed seven years ago, the Rascals moved their Thursday gig to the Sunset Grill and shifted from ragtime to traditional jazz.
Six years ago Kirsner became the band’s pianist. A retired dentist, Kirsner divided his time between being a club pianist and being the property manager for Brevard County real estate owned by his family. Most of Kirsner’s piano playing in recent years has been at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach, where he performs at the Happy Hour from 5 to 8 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays.
He plays music by ear and it is rare when he can’t fulfill a request from one of his many loyal followers.
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