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Smooth Jazz for Scholars 2020 dates/lineup December 14, 2019

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal.

8/11/20 UPDATE: There will be no Smooth Jazz for Scholars in 2020. Jay Rowe informed me that 2021 will be April 30 through May 1 and will likely feature the lineup intended for this year. Feel free to wistfully read the outdated information below.

9/8/20 UPDATE: Jay made an official announcement yesterday:

4/3/20 UPDATE: Jay Rowe has informed me that Smooth Jazz for Scholars has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 3, at Foran High School. The May 1 lineup will perform at 3PM and the May 2 lineup, minus Paul Jackson Jr., at 8PM. Tickets for the original dates will be honored at the respective shows.

Saturday, October 3, 3PM:
Peter White
Lindsey Webster
Nelson Rangell
Jay Rowe

Saturday, October 3, 8PM:
Steve Cole
Jeff Kashiwa

Foran High School
80 Foran Rd.
Milford, CT 06460

6/1/20 UPDATE: Here is the updated poster:

Continue reading below for the original post.

A few days ago, keyboardist Jay Rowe announced the dates and lineup for his 18th annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars benefit concert series. He did so via a Facebook events page, writing the following in the details tab:

The 18th Annual Smooth Jazz for Scholars Benefit Concert will take place Friday May 1st, 2020 and Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Parsons Complex – 70 west River Street Milford, CT 06460. Doors at 7PM – Showtime at 8PM both nights.

Artist line-up on May 1st: Peter White, Lindsey Webster, Nelson Rangell and Jay Rowe

Artist line-up on May 2nd: Steve Cole, Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Kashiwa and Four80East

To purchase tickets, click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-smooth-jazz-for-scholars-benefit-concert-friday-5120-saturday-5220-tickets-84746560243

Or send a check or money order
payable to Smooth Jazz For Scholars Inc. to P.O. Box 3723 Milford, CT. 06460.

We appreciate your support. Thank you.

Jay’s inclusion in the lineup means he’ll be playing music from an album that should be out by then.

Vocalist Lindsey Webster, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., and Four80East are appearing for the first time. Four80East is a two-for-one deal: the duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace.

Peter White is back for the first time since 2016, Steve Cole and Jeff Kashiwa last appeared in 2017, and Nelson Rangell’s last appearance was in 2018.

As I always do in these posts, here is the information one more time:
Friday, May 1
Peter White
Lindsey Webster
Nelson Rangell
Jay Rowe

Saturday, May 2
Steve Cole
Paul Jackson Jr.
Jeff Kashiwa

Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Parsons Government Center
70 W. River St.
Milford, CT 06460

Tickets: $45 for one night, $75 for both nights

Tickets can be purchased by check or money order payable to:
Smooth Jazz for Scholars, Inc.
P.O. Box 3723
Milford, CT 06460

Or they can be purchased here (link removed on 8/11/20).

I’ll conclude with recaps of last year’s first night and second night.


1. William Chimeri - December 14, 2019

Should be great as always.

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