UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: "New Duke" by Fairfield University Jazz Professors Mar.2nd at Pequot Library's Concert Hall

Friday, February 28, 2014

"New Duke" by Fairfield University Jazz Professors Mar.2nd at Pequot Library's Concert Hall

"New Duke" Jazz Professors, Brian Torff, center
Tickets going fast for “New Duke” jazz concert by FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY JAZZ PROFESSORS

Southport, CT -- "New Duke" by Fairfield University Jazz Professors, Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3:00pm in Pequot Library’s Concert Hall. Brian Torff leads an eight-piece band comprised of Fairfield University jazz faculty. This jazz concert is part of the "Music at Pequot Library" 2013-2014 Season.

The concert features updated arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music. Ellington’s music will be heard as never before, heard in connection with funk, hip-hop, reggae, and world music styles! This is a not-to-be-missed concert and is in collaboration with Westport Arts Center.

“New Duke” consists of Darryl Tookes; vocals, Brian Torff, bass, arranger, vocals; Jamie Finnegan, trumpet; Rick Sadlon, saxophone and flute; Steve Moran, tenor and baritone sax; John Fumasoli, trombone; Dave Childs, piano; and Don Mulvaney, drums.

Songs to include - composed by Duke Ellington, arranged by Brian Torff: Take the A Train, Black and Tan Fantasy, C Jam Blues, Come Sunday, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, East St. Louis Toodle-oo, It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing, Mood Indigo, Solitude- Petite Fleur. Plus Workin' On a Bassline  composed by Brian Torff, and Mary Lou Has Come to Play composed by Brian Torff

Jazz musician and Fairfield University professor Brian Torff fronts a band of Fairfield University jazz faculty in a unique treatment of Duke Ellington's music played in a whole new light. The band performs Torff's arrangements of the jazz legend's music, spanning Ellington's Cotton Club period through the 1950s. 

Brian Torff says, "What is unique about this concept is that we connect funk, hip-hop, reggae, and other contemporary rhythms to Duke's music. It brings new life to it without sacrificing the original intent. Duke was a progressive musician and he never wanted his music to remain in a fixed state."

Brian Q. Torff is a US jazz double-bassist and composer. He is currently a music program director at Fairfield University in Connecticut. The Fairfield Arts Council named Torff its 2008 Artist of the Year. He is the Westport Arts Center's Artistic Director for Jazz. Torff is also an author. Torff’s book In Love With Voices: A Jazz Memoir chronicles his early musical roots and provides portraits of musicians he has worked with, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Erroll Garner, Benny Goodman, Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Stephane Grappelli, and George Shearing.

Tickets are available online at, $25 each. All tickets are general admission and doors open at 2:30pm. Proceeds help fund adult music programs at Pequot Library.


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