Jazz concerts raise more than $66,000 for Milford music education

Since starting the Annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert, jazz musician Jay Rowe has raised more than $66,000 for the Milford Public School’s music department.

Rowe has scheduled his 14th concert, which will be Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at the Parsons Complex, located at 70 West River Street. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; the concert begins at 8 p.m.

This 14th annual concert will spotlight a number of musicians, including Rowe, a world renowned jazz musician and local resident, who 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 is a graduate of Calf Pen Elementary and Joseph A. Foran High School.

Rowe will have two separate artist lineups for each night. The lineup for Friday, April 29 includes guitarist Peter White and saxophonist Marion Meadows, pianist Brian Simpson and guitarist Matt Marshak.

For Saturday, April 30, the lineup will include saxophonist Eric Darius, guitarist Nick Colionne, guitarist Chieli Minucci and saxophonist Nelson Rangell.

“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 New York City,” Rowe said.  “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.

Rowe said the concerts to benefit Milford schools have become popular, attracting a number of regular attendees each year.

“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,” Rowe said. “Many of them come for both shows and stay and shop in Milford for the weekend.”

Tickets are $40 for one night and $70 for two 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 information, go to jayrowemusic.com or call 203-874-4150.

Corporate sponsors for this year’s performances are The Milford Bank, Barrett Outdoor Communications, Briarpatch Enterprises and Courtney Honda of Milford.