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Widener invites public to free concert on April 14

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The third season of the 2019 Widener University Recital Series has brought prestigious musicians to Widener's campus.

Chester, Pa – The final performance of the 2019 Widener University Recital Series features Bill Mays Trio on Sunday, April 14 on Widener University's Main Campus.

The free concert is open to the public and starts at 3 p.m. in Kapelski Recital Hall, an amphitheater designed for superb acoustics and intimate, engaging and personal concert experiences. The hall is located on the corner of E. 14th and Walnut streets in Chester, Pennsylvania.

The third season of the 2019 Widener University Recital Series has brought prestigious musicians to both Widener students and the community.

Mays' career as a professional pianist spans 55 years. He started his career as a bandsman in the U.S. Navy, eventually becoming a session player in the Hollywood studios. Mays relocated to New York in 1984, becoming an in-demand sideman and leader of his own ensembles. He has worked with various industry legends including Benny Golson, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank, Frank Sinatra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, and Phil Woods. Mays' successes as a leader on recordings are well-documented on record labels Chiaroscuro, Concord, DMP, Palmetto, and Steeplechase.

Mays has written for bass, flute, and woodwind septet, working with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Turtle Creek Chorale, WDR Big Band and U.S. Air Force Airmen Of Note. The latest recordings include Phil & Bill with saxophonist Phil Woods, Side By Side: Sondheim Duos with bassist Tommy Cecil, Life's A Movie with cellist Alisa Horn and trumpeter Marvin Stamm, and piano solo Front Row Seat. His work has been featured in popular movies Anamorph, Burn After Reading, Hamlet, Looker, and The Fifth Estate. Mays' keyboard work is on hundreds of soundtracks including Fargo, Fur, Godfather 2, Hail, Caesar!, Jaws 2, Julie & Julia, Rocky 2, Superman, The Big Lebowski, and The Spanish Prisoner.

Recently, Mays received praise on the publication of his first book, "Stories Of The Road, The Studios, Sidemen & Singers: 55 Years In The Music Biz."

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,