The Darien Arts Center welcomes back Lew and Mary Green and their Ragtime Evolution Quartet to the Weatherstone stage Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m.

Lew and Mary Green teamed up in 1971, playing classical and ragtime jazz for private engagements. Soon after, they started the "Ragtime Evolution Quartet" and "Green's New Novelty Orchestra," feature the novelty ragtime and dance music of the post World War I era.

They have performed ragtime and jazz music in Connecticut for more than 35 years with their Ragtime Evolution Quartet.

"We play tunes from the `Golden Age of American Music,' starting with Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, and including George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Cole Porter and more," said Lew Green, who started playing professionally in Chicago at the age of 15. Since then, he has performed with the Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band, The Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble of New Orleans, The American Ragtime Orchestra, Woody Allen's Jazz Band, the Boston Philharmonic and other groups.

Mary Green was a featured ragtime pianist on the Goldenrod Showboat at the St. Louis Ragtime Festival for nearly 30 years. She and Lew Green have performed throughout the United States and on stages in Europe, Russia and Australia. They also perform with their son's band, Jeff Green's International Jazz & Ragtime All-Stars, which is based in Heidelberg, Germany.

The Ragtime Evolution Jazz Band has performed in Connecticut and the Northeast since 1973. The musical repertoire includes classic Ragtime, authentic New Orleans jazz, popular music of the swing era, and music from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller and more.

Make your reservations now for what is certain to be a sold-out event. All seats are reserved. Food is not allowed in the theatre. However complimentary snacks will be provided as well as a contributions bar. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for full-time students; and $10 for DAC Music students. Purchase tickets online at www.arts.darien.org or call the box office at 203-655-5414.

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Founded in 1975, and located directly behind the Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, the Darien Arts Center 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, theatre and music and performances by the Darien Players and the Cabaret Theatre. The organization is funded by private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales. For more information, call 203-655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org.