Professor of Music, composer and bassist Brian Q. Torff will survey the important and influential songs of American popular music, from early slave songs and spirituals through the birth of jazz, popular singers such as Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, blues, rock, soul and the birth of hip hop. These songs both connect and reflect American life as it has evolved over hundreds of years.
Currently Brian is a Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University. He is the Musical director and arranger for New Duke, an eight-piece horn band that has recorded their first album of his compositions. He has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Birdland. Torff performs in jazz festivals throughout the United States and was the founder of the Fairfield University Summer Jazz Workshop.