Brian Q. Torff is a renowned bassist, composer, author and educator. He is Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University. He is a featured bass soloist who performs in jazz festivals throughout the United States, and is musical director of the Django Reinhardt New York Festival. His current project New Duke is an acclaimed eight-piece band that performs Torff’s updated arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music. In 1992 he served as co-chairperson of the Music Advisory Board for the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2008 Mr. Torff was honored as Artist of the Year by the Fairfield Arts Council.