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Brian Torff

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Brian Torff is a renowned jazz double-bassist and composer. He is currently music program director at Fairfield University in Connecticut. The Fairfield Arts Council named him its 2008 Artist of the Year. Performer Brian is a featured bass soloist leading his own trio, and is the musical director for the Django Reinhardt New York Festival, which has appeared at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Birdland in New York City. He has performed at Carnegie Hall for Fiddle Fest where he appeared with Mark O’Connor, Dave Grusin, Regina Carter, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Pinchas Zukerman

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Article: Live Review

Gerry Malkin Quintet at the BeanRunner Café

Read "Gerry Malkin Quintet at the BeanRunner Café" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Gerry Malkin QuintetThe BeanRunner Café Peekskill, New York November 12, 2016 The Gerry Malkin Quintet is a quintessential, hard-working, New York area group that plays top-notch music, while going under-recognized in the competitive and crowded metropolitan marketplace. What is atypical of its session-savvy members are jazz pedigrees that run deep ...

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Newport Jazz Festival 2014, Day 3

Read "Newport Jazz Festival 2014, Day 3" reviewed by Timothy J. O'Keefe


Newport Jazz FestivalFort Adams State Park Newport, RI Sunday, August 3, 2014 Smack--loud and robust, the horns blasted at the audience with a sound so voluminous it seemed impossible only four horns could have created it. And yet, four horns had. “Were you here ...

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35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party

Read "35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party" reviewed by Patricia Myers


35th Paradise Valley Jazz PartyMusical Instrument MuseumPhoenix, AZApril 21-22, 2012A kaleidoscopic history of jazz was delivered during three sessions of the 35th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party, from post-bop, ballads and blues to a swinging recreation of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.Peak moments that elicited the ...

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News: Festival

Django Reinhardt Festival Returns to Birdland June 28 - July 3

It may start to get HOT in June but not as HOT as it will be at Birdland June 28—July 3 when the Django Reinhardt Festival, due to popular demand, returns for a summer week. The annual November event will perhaps become a bi-annual one. There is a thirst for Django's style of music , as ...

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Article: Book Review

In Love With Voices: A Jazz Memoir

Read "In Love With Voices: A Jazz Memoir" reviewed by Ken Dryden


In Love With Voices: A Jazz Memoir Brian Torff Softcover; 236 pages ISBN: 1440112851 iUniverse 2009 Brian Torff is a widely experienced jazz bassist who has recorded and played with numerous greats, including violinist Stephane Grappelli, clarinetist Benny Goodman, singers Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme, and ...

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Article: Live From New York

Django Reinhardt Festival, Steve Gadd, Steve Grossman, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski

Read "Django Reinhardt Festival, Steve Gadd, Steve Grossman, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski" reviewed by Martin Longley


The 10th Anniversary Django Reinhardt NY FestivalBirdlandNovember 4, 2009 This six-night residency celebrated a decade of Djangofests at Birdland, where the principle aim is to see how many Reinhardt guitar disciples can be jammed onstage at any one time. Over the years, the organizers, Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta, have ...

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Hitchhiker Of Karoo

Label: Zebra Records
Released: 1987


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