jay rowe

November 16


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Jay Rowe is a world renowned musician and composer. Each year, Jay organizes a jazz concert to benefit Milford’s music education in order to give back to the community that gave him a nudge in the right direction. And now the MAC wants to give back to Jay by celebrating his original music in a special concert that features his extraordinary talents.

Growing up, Rowe was living in a musical enclave of sorts: His mother, Mia Distasi, came from a musical family. A local teacher, she liked music and encouraged her son’s musical interests. Jay started playing guitar when he was eight, and then took piano lessons from a legendary Milford piano teacher, Pat Neznick.

All the while school served as an outlet for his skill and fueled his passion — teachers and administrators encouraged him to play for school assemblies, and there were music clubs and activities. His sixth grade teacher, Leslie Frankel, one day suggested to his mother that she sign him up for lessons at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, and that was another career defining move.

Rowe went on to earn a bachelor of music degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1985. Since then he has performed and recorded with artists such as Marion Meadows, Nelson Rangell, Ken Navarro, Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, Chuck Loeb, Kim Waters, Pat Dinizio and more.

He performs regularly at many major jazz festivals in the United States and has also performed at festivals in Portugal, Mexico, South Africa, Norway, China, Japan and Indonesia. As a solo artist, he has recorded and released six CDs: “A Dream I Had” (1994), “Jay Walking” (1997), “Laugh Out Loud” (2001), “Red, Hot and Smooth” (2006), “Live At Daniel Street” (2011), and “Smooth Ride”(2016).

Over the past 16 years, Rowe has donated nearly $78,000 to the Milford school district, thanks to his annual concerts.

We present this performance with so much gratitude to Berchem Moses PC for sponsoring our MAC live series.

Doors open 7:30pm so you can relax around a candlelit table and enjoy a cocktail or two.

BYOEEE - Bring Your Own Everything Except the Entertainment.

Concessions available in our Speakeasy Lounge as well.