Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's smooth jazz time again in Milford

MILFORD — The Annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert has been set for Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2013 and will be held at the Parsons Complex in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  The complex is located at 70 West River Street, Milford, Conn., 06460.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. The sponsors for this year's show are Courtney Honda of Milford, Barrett Outdoor Communications Inc., Briarpatch Enterprises and The Milford Bank.

Now in its 11th year, world renowned jazz musician and local resident Jay Rowe is excited about this year's event.  Rowe donates a portion of the ticket sales back to the Milford Public Schools Music Dept. 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 $46,000 to the Milford music program.

Rowe will have two separate artist line-ups for each night.  The April 26th show will feature guitarists Nick Colionne and Marc Antoine, pianist Alex Bugnon, and saxophonist Nelson Rangell.  The April 27th show will feature guitarists Jeff Golub and Chieli Minucci and saxophonists Marion Meadows and Vincent Ingala.  The backup band for both nights will include Rohn Lawrence (guitar), Trever Somerville (drums), Dave Anderson (bass) and percussionist Steve Scales who has performed with the Talking Heads, Tina Turner and Michael Bolton. 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 our small, beautiful city 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 tantamount, for me."

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 and Indonesia.  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).

"I am pleased to finally be able to present this concert on two nights instead of one.  Many of our long time supporters of this event are travelling to Milford from out of state and now it is really worthwhile for them to come here for two shows instead of one.  This will hopefully help the audience grow and help local hotels and other businesses in town while at the same time raise more money for the public schools music department," Rowe commented.

Tickets are $40 each for each night and $70 each for both nights and are available at Café Atlantique, The Canvas Patch, Milford Fine Arts Center, Arcioulo's Shoe Store and Villa Gourmet.  For tickets and information, you may also visit www.jayrowemusic.com or call (203) 874-4150.

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