New member Jay Rowe is music to our ears!
The newest member to the Downtown Milford Business Association is native son and world-renowned musician/composer/event guru Jay Rowe. Every year for the past 13 years, Jay has organized and presented the 'Smooth Jazz for Scholars' concert to benefit the Milford Public Schools' Music Department. This years' concert is set for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2016 and will be held at the Parsons Complex, located at 70 West River Street in Milford. Now in its 14th year, 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
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!"
Benefit concert 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.