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Review: Jake Jensen performs original piano composition ‘Sammy’s Song’

On September 10, actor, musician, and college professor Jake Jensen performed “Sammy’s Song” on piano

Jake Jensen
Jake Jensen. Photo Credit: Maurizio Montani
Jake Jensen. Photo Credit: Maurizio Montani

On September 10, actor, musician, and college professor Jake Jensen performed “Sammy’s Song” on piano at the “Invasion of the Minions” Samantha’s Friends benefit fundraiser in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

This event benefitted such 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations as Donte’s Den FoundationBears Who CareValor Service Dogs, Play For Life FoundationCode Red Foundation, and Boo 2 Bullying, among others.

This piano-driven song was an original composition that he wrote for the fundraiser’s namesake, Sammy Lee Bozza.

Jensen played the piano in a controlled, harking fashion, where he was able to paint a vivid picture in the minds of listeners.

It is evident that Jake Jensen is classically trained on the piano. His performance was stirring, resonant, and it helped capture a euphoric atmosphere. It evoked raw emotions and it felt like listening to musical poetry all through the keystrokes of the piano.

“Sammy’s Song” truly summed up the mission and theme of the nonprofit organization Samantha’s Friends, which was the raise awareness for the veterans with PTSD, disabled invididuals, and the canines.

It is the inspirational song that the audience didn’t know they needed. felt like listening to a quintessential Five for Fighting piano-laden ballad, and Jake Jensen was our John Ondrasik. Bravo.

Aside from Jake Jensen, the 2023 “Invasion of the Minions” event featured such “Days of Our Lives” actors as Eric Martsolf, Kyle Lowder, Carson Boatman, Mike Manning, along with Jordi Vilasuso, Johnny Wactor, Tristan Rogers; moreover, Gregori J. Martin and Kristos Andrews of “The Bay” were in attendance.

All of the actors and special guests provided some unique form of entertainment at this benefit.

Most recently, Jake Jensen appeared on Maurice Benard’s MB “State of Mind” podcast on mental health, where they discussed “yips.”

To learn more about actor, college professor, and musician Jake Jensen, follow him on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 20,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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