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Jazz Fridays: Open Field Runner featuring Brian Torff
August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This concert series on the Fairfield Museum patio features the best talented regional jazz artists and ensembles! Bring your own chair or blanket. The concerts will take place rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, the performances will move indoors. Brian Q. Torff is a bassist, composer, author and educator. Currently he is Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University. Torff has performed with George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Stephane Grappelli, Marian McPartland, Oliver Nelson, Mary Lou Williams, the Django Reinhart All-Stars, Tony Bennett, Cleo Laine and the Thad Jones- Mel Lewis Orchestra. He is the Musical Director and arranger for New Duke, an eight-piece horn band that was featured on the national CBS television special, “Christmas Eve at Fairfield University.” In 1992, he served as co-chairperson for the Music Advisory Board for the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2008, Torff was named Artist of the Year by the Fairfield Arts Council. In early 2008, Brian Torff lived in Paris where he wrote In Love with Voices: A Jazz Memoir. Brian Q. Torff and New Duke’s recording, Post Authentic World is available through CD Baby, Spotify, and Pandora. Jazz Fridays is generously sponsored by Bank of America, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, with thanks to Alan and Sylvia Neigher and WPKN.