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Darien Arts Center To Host 'Get Jazzed!' Fundraiser

 Liz Callaway
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DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Arts Center will host "Get Jazzed," an evening of jazz that will celebrate the songs of Alan Menken, on Saturday, June 28, at 7 p.m.

The fundraiser will feature Joel A. Martin’s Jazzical Trio and vocals by Liz Callaway. The event, including cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a unique silent auction, will take place at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road.

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 seventh CD in his jazzical catalog, titled "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 eight Academy Awards, including best song and best score for four Disney animated movies, "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and "Pocahontas." He has earned 19 Academy Award nominations, a Tony, 11 Grammy Awards and seven 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..

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased at

For more information about "Get Jazzed" or the Darien Arts Center, call 655-8683

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