Registration open for American Master Artists seminar at Pequot

Fairfield University Professor of Music, Brian Q. Torff, leads a series of five enriching and engaging illustrated slide talks at Pequot Library.

Fairfield University Professor of Music, Brian Q. Torff, leads a series of five enriching and engaging illustrated slide talks at Pequot Library.

Registration is now open for the final seminar series about American Master Artists at Pequot Library. Masters of American Music: Roots and Evolution of the Blues, Jazz, Rock, and American Society begins on Thursday, March 3, from 7-9 p.m., and the class runs through March 31.

These are community-based seminars that are enriching and engaging illustrated slide talks surveying the history, controversies, and appreciation of American jazz. The five lectures will: survey the roots of American music: slave song and spiritual to the birth of jazz; rhythm and blues as it becomes rock and roll; the American composer (Copland, Ellington, Bernstein, Zappa…); examine how technology affects music as an art and commerce, projecting where we might be headed; and evaluate the price paid by musicians to obtain the American Dream. Participants can enjoy wine, cheese, and conversation with the professor starting at 6:30 pm before the seminars start. Registration is online at pequotlibrary.org.

Professor, Brian Q. Torff, is a bassist, composer, author, and educator. He is currently Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University. He also leads the band “New Duke,” an eight-piece jazz-rock ensemble that performs his updated arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music. In 2008, Torff was honored as Artist of the Year by the Fairfield Arts Council. He has performed with pianist George Shearing for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan. The seminars will be held in the Reading Room at Pequot Library. For more information contact: (203) 259-0346 ext. 19.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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