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Smooth Jazz To Benefit Milford School of Music


Jay Rowe’s Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert scheduled for

Friday, April 29th and Saturday April 30th, 2016

MILFORD – The Annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert has been set for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2016 and will be held at the Parsons Complex, located at 70 West River Street, Milford, Connecticut, 06460.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.; the concert begins at 8:00 p.m.

Now in its 14th year, world renowned jazz musician and local resident Jay Rowe donates a portion of the ticket sales back to the Milford Public Schools Music Department as a way to thank the educators who were there at the beginning of his musical career.  He is a graduate of Calf  Pen Elementary and Joseph A. Foran High School.  Since its inception, Rowe has donated more than $66,000 to the Milford music program.  Jay is pleased to report the corporate sponsors for this year’s performances are The Milford Bank, Barrett Outdoor Communications, Briarpatch Enterprises and Courtney Honda of Milford.

Rowe will have two separate artist line-ups for each night.  The line-up for Friday night (4/29) includes guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Marion Meadows, pianist Brian Simpson and guitarist Matt Marshak.  For Saturday night, (4/30), the line-up includes saxophonist Eric Darius, guitarist Nick Colionne, guitarist Chieli Minucci and saxophonist Nelson Rangell.  The group is looking forward to two wonderful nights of great music, great fun and a great benefit to the school system.

“I am so pleased to be able to bring a show of this quality to Milford for two nights  – it gives residents the opportunity to see a first-rate festival-like performance right here in town, without having to travel to New Haven, Hartford, or NYC,” Rowe commented.  “And, of course, I am so pleased to be able to contribute in this way to our schools.  To bring awareness and attention to the importance of music education is why we do this every year.”

Rowe has performed and recorded with the elite in the world of jazz throughout the world and has played in many major jazz festivals across the U.S., and around the world, including Portugal, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Norway, Germany, Holland, South Africa, China, Japan Indonesia and the United Kingdom.  As a solo artist, he has recorded and released five CDs, “A Dream I Had” (1994), “Jay Walking” (1997), “Laugh Out Loud” (2001), and “Red, Hot and Smooth” (2006) and “Live At Daniel Street”(2011).

“The last three years events, covering two nights, have been a big hit!” commented Rowe.  “Many of our long-time supporters of this event are traveling to Milford from out-of-state and even some from out of the country.  Many of them come for both shows and stay and shop in Milford for the weekend,” Rowe commented.   “It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Tickets are $40 each for 1 night and $70 each for 2 nights.  The first 250 tickets sold are for reserved seating.  Tickets sold after that will be for general admission seating.  Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:  Café Atlantique, The Canvas Patch, Milford Fine Arts and Arciuolo’s Shoe Store, and online at smoothjazzforscholars2016.eventbrite.com.  Tickets may also be purchased by sending a check or money order payable to Smooth Jazz For Scholars Inc. to P.O. Box 3723, Milford, CT 06460.  For additional info, go to jayrowemusic.com or call (203) 874-4150.