Conn. concert series to benefit scholarship fund
of late Willimantic Chronicle publisher

David Foster of Windham, Conn., rhythm and blues singer, rock promoter and philanthropist, is partnering with Eastern Connecticut State University to sponsor a series of four fundraising concerts to benefit a scholarship fund in memory of Kevin Crosbie, former publisher of The Chronicle of Willimantic, Conn.

“Jazzin’ it Up at Eastern” will feature four acts in support of a scholarship fund for Windham High School graduates to attend Eastern Connecticut State University.

The Kevin Crosbie Memorial Scholarship, established in honor of the late publisher of the Chronicle, was created by David and Marilyn Foster, Kevin’s widow, Pat Crosbie, and Eileen Ossen of the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation. All ticket proceeds for the concert series will go toward the Kevin Crosbie Memorial Scholarship.

“Kevin was a great friend and a tireless advocate for our local community,” Foster said. “The scholarship fund we created in Kevin’s memory is a way to keep his legacy alive. He would be pleased to know that we are helping local students achieve their dream of a college education. This concert series will significantly add to the Crosbie Scholarship endowment.”

Foster’s band — the Mohegan Sun All-Stars — will open the series Oct. 22. Their show marks the 45th anniversary of the Shaboo Inn in Mansfield, Conn., where Foster showcased a who’s who of musical acts from 1971 to 1982, including Dire Straits, BB King, Muddy Waters, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, The Police and many more.

Besides Foster and his band, three veteran jazz acts will complete the series — Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, guitarist Pat Metheny and jazz quintet Spyro Gyra. The Mohegan Sun All-Stars perform Oct. 22, Sandoval will appear Nov. 5, Metheny and his band will play Jan. 13, and Spyro Gyra will complete the series May 20. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

All four groups will play in the 400-seat Concert Hall in Eastern’s new Fine Arts Instructional Center.

Tickets can be purchased or more information can be obtained by visiting or calling the Concert Hall Box Office at (860) 465-4979 or emailing

Information for this story was provided by Eastern Connecticut State University.

POSTED 9/29/16


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