Space Coast Jazz Society concerts are open to the public, admission can be paid at the door or purchased online
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Jazz Society (SCJS) continues to bring you some of the best of Brevard’s local jazz talent with the October featured artist – astronaut, educator, author and musician – Captain Winston Scott.
Scott, who has logged over 24 days in space and completed three spacewalks, is also known as a trumpet player and jazz artist who performs with various Brevard County bands.
Among them is the Winston Scott Cosmic Jazz Ensemble, which will grace the SCJS stage at the Rockledge Country Club on Sunday, October 13.
The Ensemble will include Ron Teixeira on piano, Al Dodds on base, and Stan Soloko on drums, as well as guest artist and vocalist Shryl “Lady Tandy” Johnson.
Teixeira is a graduate of the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston.
For 20 years he performed at jazz venues and as a studio musician in New York City, before returning to his hometown of Cocoa Beach. Dodds has both Bachelor and Master degrees in music from the University of North Texas.
Drummer and local favorite Stan Soloko has performed on cruise ships for many years. All three are regulars at Heidi’s Jazz Club.
The soulful sound of jazz vocalist Shryl “Lady Tandy” Johnson will round out the group. She plays with several local jazz and blues groups including her own Trio. In addition, expect special surprise guests.
As for Scott, retired U.S. Navy Captain, naval aviator and NASA astronaut, he currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the President for External Relations and Economic Development at Florida Institute of Technology where he plays with the university’s Jazz Syndicate and directs its faculty band, TWITCHY.
He also composes and arranges music for these and other groups. Additionally, he is a professor of music and professor of aeronautics.
Scott has earned a BA degree in music, an MS degree in aeronautical engineering and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Florida Atlantic and Michigan State Universities.
He has a teaching certificate for music education from the State of Florida and has been inducted into the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity (Professional Honorary Fraternity for men in music).
Additional musical credits include performing with recording greats such as soul singer Betty Wright (Grammy, 1972); receiving the coveted Edwin Franko Goldman Award, (a national award presented annually by the American Bandmaster’s Association); and recording with Shryl “Lady Tandy” Johnson and singer Billy Lee.
His many performances include guest conductor for the Stetson University Wind Ensemble; guest soloist for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and guest soloist for the Melbourne Municipal Band. He performs regularly at Florida Tech, at local venues and for cultural organizations such as Foosaner Art Museum and the Space Coast Ballet Company.
Besides his “day job” and music, Scott also serves on several boards and is a sought after speaker and presenter at media and corporate events locally, nationally and internationally.
He has a lifelong commitment to community service. And, if that is not convincing enough that Scott is a Renaissance man, consider that he also has a second-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate.
Scott once said in an interview that “I think people who allow themselves to be unidimensional do themselves a disservice.”
He has certainly done a service to himself, his country and his community. But it is his musical talent that brings him and the Winston Scott Cosmic Jazz Ensemble to the SCJS stage to entertain you on October 13 in what promises to be a multidimensional and out of this world experience. Do not miss it!
Space Coast Jazz Society concerts are open to the public. General admission can be paid at the door or purchased online at SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org; $10 for members of the Jazz Society and the Rockledge Country Club, $15 for non-members and guests, and no charge for students (under the age of 25 years).
Food and beverages are also available for purchase.
The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955.
For more information, call Bobbie Vance 321-960-4897 or email Jazz@SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org. You can also join this unique and fun organization at the concert or through the website.
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