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'Get Jazzed' with Renowned Artists at Darien Arts Center Evening of Jazz

Joel A. Martin, his 'Jazzical Trio' and Liz Callaway will perform at the Darien Arts Center on June 28.
Joel A. Martin, his 'Jazzical Trio' and Liz Callaway will perform at the Darien Arts Center on June 28.

The Darien Arts Center (darienarts.org) is hosting ‘Get Jazzed’ an evening of jazz that will celebrate the songs of Alan Menken on June 28 at 7pm. The fundraiser, featuring world renowned Joel A. Martin’s Jazzical Trio and vocals by Liz Callaway, will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road including cocktails, hors d’oevres and a silent auction.

Pianist, composer and producer Joel A. Martin is the creator and trademark owner of Jazzical, a marriage of classical and jazz. He has performed his innovative Jazzical compositions around the world and recently released his 7th CD in his highly acclaimed Jazzical catalog, entitled Jazzical Meets Menken, a tribute to Alan Menken. Menken, who has composed some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time, has won 8 Academy Awards including best song and best score for 4 Disney animated movies; The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahantas. He has earned 19 Academy Award nominations, a Tony, 11 Grammy Awards and 7 Golden Globes.

Performing with Martin will be Liz Callaway, a Tony nominee and an Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. Callaway received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love. She recently collaborated with Martin on his Jazzical Meets Menken CD.

The evening of jazz is the only fundraiser in 2014 for the Darien Arts Center, which is solely funded by private donations, grants, tuition fees and ticket sales. Founded in 1975, the DAC is dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community and offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music and Theatre, and live theatre performances by DAC Stage, its community theatre group.

Co-chairs of ‘Get Jazzed’ are Deidre Hogan, DAC board president, and board member Joan M.  Carlo. Honorary chairman is Alan Menken and chairwoman is Marion Weatherstone. Entertainment sponsors of the evening are Edwin and Maureen Schloss. Other event sponsors include Peter and Christine Bang, Diane  and Leo Schlinkert, Two Roads Brewery,

Abbie Van Nostrand, and Kitty and Tom Wynne. Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at darienarts.org.  For more information about ‘Get Jazzed’ or the Darien Arts Center call (203) 655-8683.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees & ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.

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