|June 14 2015-- Forefront Jazz Collective from Tampa|
The Forefront, a Tampa-based jazz quintet that includes 2003 Space Coast Jazz Society Scholarship winner Matt Mill, will perform at the Jazz Society’s June concert.
The event will be from 2 to 4:30 PM on Sunday June 14 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach. Tickets at the door are $10 for SCJS members and $15 for nonmembers.
The Forefront is a Jazz collective that was formed in 2007 as an endeavor to explore artistic compositional projects in jazz. Since then, the group has performed throughout the West Florida area and is currently working on its first record to be released in the beginning of 2016.
The Forefront seeks to both push jazz to new heights via composition and reach new audiences with contemporary repertoire. “We accomplish this,’ Mill says “while still preserving the rich history and tradition that is the foundation on which contemporary Jazz is built.”
The current members are saxophonist, Rich Van Voorst, drummer Mark Feinman, bassist Alejandro Arenas, pianist John O’Leary, and Matthew Mill on trumpet.
An active saxophonist and composer/arranger primarily in the Tampa Bay area, Rich has performed all over the United States as well as in Europe, where he performed at the Vienne, Montreux, and North Sea Jazz Festivals.
Drummer Feinman has also had extensive experience abroad. Feinman has performed on a big band tour of Italy and France with performances at the Umbria Jazz Festival and “Jazz a Juan” in Juan Les Pins.
Trumpet player Matt Mill honed his musical skills at Melbourne High School, where he played in several of the school’s student bands. He was graduated from Melbourne High in 2003, the year he won an SCJS Jazz Scholarship. He went on to study music at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
It was at the university that he met and performed music with the other members of Forefront .They all liked Tampa ‘s jazz scene and played there at some first-rate jazz venues.
Like his Forefront colleagues, Mill performed at major jazz festivals in Europe and the U.S.
While he still spends a lot of time performing near Tampa, he now lives in Indialantic and works as a sound engineer.. He also arranges some of the original music played by Forefront.
Mill performed as a guest soloist at the recent SCJS benefit.
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