Brian Torff has written the new book In Love With Voices: A Jazz Memoir. The book is published by iuniverse and is available through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and bdalton.com and other outlets. Torff wrote the book in Paris on sabbatical from Fairfield University where he is a professor of music. “In Love With Voice’s” is a work that chronicles Torff’s early musical roots and his vivid portraits of musicians he worked with such as Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Erroll Garner, Benny Goodman, Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Stephane Grappelli, and George Shearing.
Nat Hentoff, the esteemed jazz critic and author says of the memoir,…”now of equal stature to essential books by Oscar Peterson and Sidney Bechet, with the very pulse and openness of jazz itself is Brian Torff’s In Love With Voices… Torff’s students will remember his life lessons as will readers of this book.”
Torff’s book is also instructive to music students by adding depth with his vision of American music and the changes it has undergone from the 1970’s to the present. He illuminates the work by describing the realities of a musical career from a professional and personal standpoint.
Brian Torff’s memoir is one of creativity and determination mixed with timing, and plain good luck. His sharp narrative not only brings the legends of jazz to life, but reading about them will certainly motivate the reader to add some music to their collection.
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