Jammin’ For Jaclyn is without a doubt one of the best things I have come across since becoming the host of Jersey Rock. It channels the power of live music to provide love, support, and help for those in need in the memory of someone who left this world too soon. However, it is much more than a benefit concert. It is an upbeat celebration that dares to smile in the face of adversity. It is an example to all what can be achieved if we focus on the positive and seek to do good. Jammin’ For Jaclyn is not just an event; it is a community.
Jammin’ For Jaclyn is an annual concert that benefits 2 area cancer patients. It is founded and organized by Ron and Denise Morgan and local musician Michael Squillace. The event boasts a full day of live music, great food and epic fun for all. While the covid-19 pandemic forced this year’s event to be virtual, it still managed to raise the same level of funds it did in its in-person incarnation. The 8th Annual Jammin’ For Jaclyn concert will also be virtual with plans to return to a live all-day event for the 9th edition in 2022.
Michael Squillace called in to this week’s Jersey Rock Podcast episode to talk about the future of Jammin’ For Jaclyn and the beautiful new documentary about the event. Listen to the interview HERE.
The Jammin’ For Jaclyn Documentary is directed by Zachary Grullon , produced by Zachary Grullon, Lou Blackmon, and Michael Squillace. The score is by score by Jake Tavill and Michael Squillace. The film also features music by Nick Ryan & The Mess, Taylor Tote, Levy & The Oaks, and Jake Tavill and Indigo Soul.
Stay on top of the upcoming event at jamminforjaclyn.org.
I could go in to detail on what drives Michael Squillace to do what he does each year, however I don’t think anyone could do a better job of explaining the history, purpose, and future of Jammin’ For Jaclyn as well as the creators of this new documentary. Please view it below.