Image of faculty member, Brian Torff

Brian Q. Torff

Professor of Music
o: Joques Hall Rm 27
p: x2458


B.E.S., M.S., University of Bridgeport

Current Research Interests

Renowned jazz bassist, composer, and educator Brian Torff has authored the new book, “In Love With Voices: A Jazz Memoir.” The book is published by iUniverse and is available through,, and among other outlets. Torff wrote the book in Paris on sabbatical from Fairfield University in Connecticut where he is a professor of music.

‘In Love With Voice’s is a work that chronicles Torff’s early musical roots and his vivid portraits of musicians he has worked with - Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Erroll Garner, Benny Goodman, Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Stephane Grappelli, and George Shearing. Nat Hentoff, the esteemed jazz critic and author said of the memoir,…”now of equal stature to essential books by Oscar Peterson and Sidney Bechet, with the very pulse and openness of jazz itself is Brian Torff’s In Love With Voices... Torff’s students will remember his life lessons as will readers of this book.”

Torff’s book is also instructive to music students by adding his deep vision of American music and the changes it has undergone from the 1970’s to the present. He illuminates the work by describing the realities of a musical career from a professional and personal standpoint. Brian Torff’s memoir is one of creativity and determination mixed with timing, and plain good luck. His sharp narrative not only brings the legends of jazz to life, but reading about them will certainly motivate the reader to add some music to their collection.
ISBN: 978-1-4401-1285-0 (sc)
ISBN: 978-1-4401-1287-4 (dj)
ISBN: 978-1-4401-1287-7 (ebk)

Courses Taught

  1. AS 399: Independent Research Project
  2. ASMU 402: History of Rock
  3. HR 202: Honors Seminar
  4. MU 101: The History of Jazz
  5. MU 102: History & Development of Rock
  6. MU 112: Music of Black Americans
  7. MU 122: World MusicHist&Ensemble
  8. MU 132: Crit Issues in Amer Pop Music
  9. MU 256: Jazz Ensemble
  10. MU 310: Senior Capstone Project

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