NDSU Music to Host Jazz Festival

Brian TorffJanuary 17, 2014

NDSU Challey School of Music welcomes jazz bassist Brian Torff as guest performer and adjudicator at the annual High School Invitational Jazz Festival, February 7-8, 2014.  Additional guests include Larry McWilliams, trumpet, and David Milne, saxophone.

Under the direction of Dr. Kyle Mack, the Jazz Festival will feature over 15 regional high school jazz ensembles that will work with the guest artists throughout the weekend and participate in a concert on February 8 at 7:00 PM in Festival Concert Hall.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. 

Brian Torff is a renowned bassist, composer, author and educator.  He is a featured bass soloist performing in jazz festivals throughout the United States on a regular basis.  He is the musical director of the Django Reinhardt New York Festival in addition to founding the Fairfield University Summer Jazz Workshop.  In 1992 he served as co-chairperson of the Music Advisory Board for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Torff has performed with jazz greats such as Stephane Grappelli, Mary Lou Williams, and Marian McPartland, to name a few.  The Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh Symphony have performed his compositions.  Additionally, he as authored a book titled In Love with Voices: A Jazz Memoir.  

Additional information about the Jazz Festival can be found online at www.ndsu.edu/music.

NDSU Jazz Festival
Saturday, February 8

7:00 PM, Festival Concert Hall
Adults: $5  Students/Seniors: $2

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