Jazz ensemble to present fall concert with Darryl Tookes
Published 4:46 pm, Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Fairfield University Gospel Choir also will perform.
The ensemble's program includes "Tenor Madness," by Sonny Rollins; "Green Onions," by Booker T. & the MGs; "Dominating," by Brian Torff, the school's director of jazz and popular music; "Memphis Underground," by Herbie Mann and arranged by Jenna Taylor; "Afro Blue," by Mongo Santamaria; "Petite Fleur Africaine," by Duke Ellington; "Sweet Home Chicago," by Robert Johnson and arranged by Jamie Debicella; and "Love Notes," by Tookes.
The ensemble consists of Chris Finelli on trumpet; Michael Mauro, Stan Grundes, Amanda Ocasio and Alexis Ellis on saxophones; Jenna Taylor on flute; Brian Krackel and guest Arthur Ashman on trombones; Robby Schwartz on piano; John Domenico and Debicella on guitar; Torff on bass; and Chuck DeFilippo and DJ Horstmann on drums.
The ensemble is directed by Torff with Taylor, student leader. The choir is directed by Maurice Wiley, according to a news release.
Tookes, a composer, lyricist, pianist, singer and arranger, was heavily influenced during his formative years as a musician by members of the group Earth, Wind and Fire, whom he befriended while working toward a medical degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His debut solo recording, "Lifeguard," a Tookes composition co-produced with Danny Leake, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, the release said.
Tookes is the featured singer on a new four-song EP entitled "My Daughter," and The Darryl Tookes Band is working with engineer Eric Schilling on its new CD of Tookes songs.
Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
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