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  • Essay From Newport Nov. 20, 2014 Essay from Newport Important Lessons Learned at the Newport Jazz Festival Brian Torff I had the honor of playing the Newport Jazz Festival for the first time this past August of 2014. The festival turned sixty this year. It is the first and oldest of all the American jazz festivals and arguably the most prestigious. ...
  • New Duke featured in Branford Eagle New Duke was recently featured in the Branford Eagle newspaper after their performance at the Branford Jazz Festival on July 3, 2014. Click here to read the full article New Duke Swings Branford By Kathryn Cross He plucked his bass string.  Cleo Laine’s voice began to accompany him.  It was 1974 and Carnegie Hall heard jazz double-bassist and composer Brian Torff for ...
  • Introducing NEW DUKE Welcome to the New Duke website. This band was formed in 2011 when my Fairfield University colleague, Dr. Laura Nash, obtained a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. A two-week Duke Ellington workshop was offered to selected educators from kindergarten through twelfth grades in disciplines ranging from music and social studies, to art, ...