Friday, October 12
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Post-performance discussion after the 9 p.m. set
Wien Experimental Theatre
$30 (general admission)
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. The Jazz Professors consist of Brian Torff, bass, arranger; Jamie Finnegan, trumpet; Steve Moran, sax and clarinet; Rick Sadlon, sax, clarinet, and flute; John Fumasoli, trombone; Dave Childs, piano; Don Mulvaney, drums.
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"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 Torff
This event is part of Fairfield's two-year focus on "Cities"
Listen in as Brian Torff explains this exciting new musical collaboration.
Support for this project provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities.*
* Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.