Two brilliant young pianists are the winners of this year’s $2,000 Space Coast Jazz Society scholarships . They each performed several jazz standards at the May SCJS meeting to the delight of a jazz-loving audience that gave them rousing, standing ovations. The winners are:
Daniel Tenbusch of West Shore Jr./Sr. High, who has been performing professionally with jazz groups at various venues in Brevard. He will also be studying jazz at FSU.
Mason Margut of Satellite High school, who has his own jazz quartet and is a member of the SCJS All-Star Jazz Big Band. He will be studying jazz at Florida State University.
Asked for comments on three musical figures who inspired them, Mason paid tribute to pianist Bill Evans, trumpeter Clifford Brown and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Daniel chose pianist Oscar Peterson, pianist Herbie Hancock and trumpeter Miles Davis. All six are inspirational figures in the world of jazz.
Mason ad Daniel each got high praise from their school music educators.. J. Patrick Phillips, Satellite High’s director of Instrumental music, said: “In addition to his outstanding abilities as a performer, Mason is also a very effective leader among is talented pers.”
Pianist Ron Teixeira tutored both winners and was especially high on Mason, who frequently performed with Teixeira on Sunday night jazz jams at Heidi’s Jazz Club. In Cocoa Beach. “He is already playing jazz at a professional level.,” Teixeira said.The scholarships are funded by the proceeds from various enterprises including the annual benefit, monthly 50-50 drawings and private donations. This year’s highly successful benefit raised more than $6,000, which will enable the SCJS to raise next year’s scholarships to $2,500 each. Scholarship Committee Chairman Les Chenoweth congratulated the winners and presented them with certificates for their achievementt.
Next year’s application deadline is April 15.