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  • A Day in the Life of New Duke A Day in the Life of New Duke… We knew it would be a long day. The musicians in New Duke arrived at the Fairfield University studio where I teach my classes. The charts were laid out on stands that the eight musicians would sight-read and then perform a few hours later. Steve Moran, Rick ...
  • New Duke and Musical Mash-ups! New Duke and Musical Mash-ups! New Duke plays future music from a musical past. Jazz-rock was a musical style that came to prominence in the late nineteen-sixties. In an era of fusion and syncretism, it signaled a musical marriage of sophisticated jazz harmony and improvisation combining tight horn sections with the electric energy of a rock and ...
  • Bridging Musical Styles- Inside the music of New Duke Bridging Musical Styles- Inside the music of New Duke By Brian Q. Torff On the wall in our den, my wife Sarah hung two images in separate frames. The first is an album cover from the early 60’s of Miles Davis’ landmark recording Sketches of Spain. It belonged to my father Selwyn, and I heard it often ...
  • Show Your Feelings:Restoring Joy to the Music Show Your Feelings :Restoring Joy to the Music Brian Torff A funny thing happened on the way to modernization. In the beginning, seminal artists like Louis Armstrong defined American music as a combination of artistry and entertainment. He could play the most inventive solos while emanating all the joy that came from inside. The audience filled the dance ...