Reilly and Baione Bring Sinatra and Jazz to Milford

Sean Reilly Sings Sinatra

The Milford Public Library, Downtown Milford Inc. and WSFS Bank have had great success hosting the Movies and Music event downtown this summer at the Milford Library Amphitheatre. The weekly event, which is held on Wednesday nights until August 17, features a band or a movie for locals and visitors to enjoy. Each night will be family- oriented to encourage more locals to venture downtown and browse all Milford has to offer. Among the new performers, two talented singers have been secured by community sponsors for the evenings of July 27 and August 10; Sean Reilly and Joe Baione.

Sean Reilly, a native of Wilmington, DE, performs Sinatra-era music across the region and is known for his smooth voice around the state of Delaware and surrounding area. Sean became a Sinatra fan as a baby when his mother would sing and play Ol’ Blue Eyes’ albums around the house. At the age of 7 he became interested in playing Sinatra himself and at the age of 16 had the chance to see Sinatra perform in person. At the age of 51, with no public performing experience, Sean showed up to an audition and was chosen to perform as Chairman of the Board himself. In 2009 he went to a Sinatra contest in Hoboken, NJ and won. This victory started him on a performing career at the age of 55 where he has had the opportunity to sing to crowds at Delaware Park, Hotel DuPont and the Smyrna Opera House. Looking forward to performing in Milford on the evening of July 27 Sean admitted he is a big Delaware histroy fan and “having the Mispillion River and its history as a backdrop will be so special.” Sean’s performance will begin at 7pm.

On Wednesday, August 10 Joe Baione will have his chance to excite the Milford community as he performs a mixture of straight ahead, Latin and African jazz. A native of the state of Delaware, Baione grew up in a jazz drenched musical environment. His father, the clarinetist-saxophonist-educator Jim Baione, is a graduate of the prestigious Combs Conservatory of Music. Following in his father’s footsteps, Joe studied both music education and jazz performance, graduating from the University of Maryland in 1995. Since then he has gone on to become a passionate band teacher by day and an innovative performer by night. Bianoe is also President of Delaware Charitable Music, Inc. and serves as producer of the annual Jazz, Blues& BBQ in the park, a festival he co-founded with the mission of bringing live jazz and blues to young people in his community. Joe’s performance will take place at 7pm on the evening of Wednesday, August 10. “Since I am originally from the area (Felton) it feels great to come back and perform for the people at home,” commented Joe.

Both gentlemen will be a wonderful addition to the downtown Movies and Music event ongoing each Wednesday evening at the Milford Library Amphitheatre. Director of the Milford Library Kay Hudson is encouraged by the amount of people showing up to the weekly events. “People are always saying that there is nothing to do in Milford but now we have given them an opportunity to have some fun downtown,” commented Mrs. Hudson.

The Milford Library, Downtown Milford Inc. and WSFS Bank will continue to host Movies and Music every Wednesday through August 17 featuring performances such as Sean Reilly sings Sinatra-era music and Joe Baione. Films played will include Nanny McPhee, An American Tale, The Goonies and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Jazz Performer Joe Baione