Masterful Composer and Pianist Returns as Musical Director for Darien’s Got Talent

posted May 2, 2016, 8:55 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 2, 2016, 8:57 AM by Julie Johnston ]
Accomplished composer, pianist and choir director, Chris Coogan returns as musical director for Darien’s Got Talent, the Darien Arts Center’s talent competition taking place on June 25. The popular fundraising event features cash prizes for adults and children, and accomplished entertainment industry professionals as judges for auditions and finals. 20 finalists will compete for top prizes in front of a live audience at Darien High School.
Coogan, a multi-talented entertainer whose career reflects his passion for jazz and gospel music, brings his own indisputable musical talent to the DGT finals show. He has lead the Chris Coogan Quartet for 10 years and has performed as a jazz musician with the late Sal Salvador, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Paul Newman, Whoopie Goldberg, Jo Ann Woodward, Alec Baldwin, Gene Wilder, Larry Coryell, Dave Liebman, Harold Danko, Ronnie Spector, James Naughton and Phoebe Snow. He has also arranged for Teo Maceo, producer for the late Miles Davis. He has appeared on television’s Celebrity Jeopardy and the Arsenio Hall Show, and has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Coogan is also a successful choral director, writer and arranger of gospel music. He founded the good News Gospel Choir in 1993, a 50-voice, multi-denominational singing group that performs on weekends at churches, festivals, fundraisers and community events.
2016 marks the third year that Coogan will be lending his support and talent to contestants of all ages at Darien’s Got Talent.