Fairfield University's Jazz Ensemble will present its fall jazz concert with guest vocalist Darryl Tookes at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the school's Gonzaga Auditorium, 1073 N. Benson Road.

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.

He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Roberta Flack, recorded and toured with Sting, and performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton.

He also sang on the recording and the PBS show "Great Performances" with Leonard Bernstein conducting "West Side Story" and on Soulful Messiah with Quincy Jones.

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.

Tookes is adjunct professor at the Tisch School of the Performing Arts at New York University and artist-in-residence at First Presbyterian Church of Stamford.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

For more information, call

203-254-4010 or visit