Musician Bios

Brian Q. Torff is a bassist, composer, author and educator. Currently he is a Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University. He is the musical director and arranger for New Duke and performs with the Django Reinhardt New York Festival, which has appeared at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and Birdland. Torff 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 Pinchus Zukerman. He performs in jazz festivals throughout the United States and was the founder of the Fairfield University Summer Jazz Workshop.  In 1992 he served as co-chairperson for the Music Advisory Board for the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2008 Torff was named Artist of the Year by the Fairfield Arts Council. In early 2008 Brian Torff lived in Paris where he wrote his book In Love with Voices: A Jazz Memoir, published by iUniverse. In addition to his work at Fairfield University, he is also the Jazz Series director at the Westport Arts Center in Westport, CT.

Darryl Tookes is an American singer, pianist, composer, arranger, and educator who has recorded and performed with Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, Todd Rundgren, George Benson, Diana Ross, Sting, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Leonard Bernstein, and many others. Darryl’s vocal style is completely original – his voice has been described as “angelic,” with his perspectives on harmony informing his music in surprising ways. He is a faculty member at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and Fairfield University. Tookes serves on several national art boards and committees, and is currently a Governor on the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Florida A & M University, with a major in physics.

Jamie Finegan is a musician’s musician. Son of Grammy-nominated composer / arranger Bill Finegan, he composes, produces, and plays trumpet and piano.  His playing credits are myriad and diverse, having recorded, toured and performed all over the world with many great jazz and blues artists including: the late great Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Hall, Geri Mulligan, Phil Guy, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and many others.

Don Mulvaney is a professional musician who has performed with many top names such as Tony Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, Barbra Streisand, Maureen McGovern, jazz singer Mark Murphy, Melissa Manchester, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern and jazz group Mistral featuring Randy Roos. Don was a member of the Mike Gibbs Orchestra, jazz group Two One Two featuring Chris Hunter and Orchestra Luna. Don has been on faculty at Fairfield University teaching drumset in the Jazz Department under the direction of virtuoso bassist Brian Torff. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and holds an M.F.A. from Purchase College.

John Fumasoli has numerous performance credits including recordings with Jeff Golub, Average White Band, Marion Meadows, Bobby Baldwin, Brian Torff’s Thunderstick, and his own group “The Jones Factor”. In addition, he has performed with Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Diana Ross, The Rippingtons, and The Gil Evans Band. He is on the faculty of Fairfield University and Fairfield Public Schools, and has numerous compositions and arrangements published by D.I.D. publishing.

Dave Childs has been working as a pianist for over 30 years. He performs full time in the Tri State region in a variety of venues and has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Jimmy Heath, Eddie Bert, James Moody, Lionel Hampton, Larry Ridley, and The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. David is the pianist at the Stratford Unitarian Church, and in addition to performance teaches piano at Fairfield University and Cider Mill Conservatory in Wilton, Connecticut.  His most recent recording was a trio CD with sax and bass recorded in May of 2013.

Rick Sadlon has performed extensively through the country. As lead alto saxophone in the S/S Norway Orchestra he performed with acts such as Rita Moreno, Dihann Carroll, Jack Jones, Lionel Hampton, and Anne Murray. Other shows and performance credits include: The Goodspeed Opera House, The Wesleyan New World Consort, Mohegan Sun, Orchestra of New England, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Barry White, Ray Charles, and three years at Musical Theater Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland.

Steve Moran has been playing saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano professionally for the past twenty-five years. After high school, Steve joined the Navy and was appointed director and arranger of the U.S. Naval Band in Great Lakes, Il. Since graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport with a double major in music education and jazz studies, Steve has been playing with New Duke and other bands while teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Fairfield University. He has done two national tours with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.