On Monday, January 14, jazz guitarist Dave Birmingham will be playing for the SJARMS community in our first concert of the year.

Dave Bermingham picked up his older brother’s guitar at the age of 8 and seemingly has not put it down since then. Dave is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in jazz guitar performance where he studied with local jazz luminaries Larry McKenna, Dennis DiBlasio and Tom Giacabetti among others. After college Dave went on to play guitar for many local bands including the Joe Luca Orchestra and Cornerstone, a touring contemporary Christian band. Dave currently writes original jazz tunes and performs them with his group, M-Town Jazz Jam.

Besides playing and writing music, Dave is the president of South Jersey Music Education Partnership (SJMEP), a recently founded non-profit organization that supports music education in our local community. SJMEP gives performance opportunities to students through participation at M-Town Jazz Jam rehearsals and concerts. Just this past year M-Town Jazz Jam and SJMEP have been featured on the NBC 10! Show, KYW Newsradio 1060 and the CBS 3 Philadelphia evening news and a story in South Jersey Magazine has already been written and will be published in early 2013.

In March of 2013 M-Town Jazz Jam will be releasing their first CD that features many of Dave’s original songs as well as some jazz standards. The CD will also feature many of the students that play with M-Town Jazz Jam on a regular basis. 100% of the profits from CD sales will go to fund the music education scholarships SJMEP plans to start offering in 2013.

Dave is excited to be playing for SJARMS in the intimate and totally acoustic setting of the Medford Arts Center. As always, an acoustic jam will follow the performance. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

The MAC is located at 18 North Main Street, in beautiful, historic Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7pm. The performance is free to current SJARMS members and $10 for non-members.

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