On February 27 at 6:30pm at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., Professor of Music Brian Q. Torff will trace the evolution of Soul music from its gospel roots to the ground-breaking crossover work of Ray Charles, James Brown and Sam Cooke. The incredible life of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will be presented from her early gospel roots in her father’s church to superstardom while representing women and freedom in the bold light of American popular music.
Brian Q. Torff is a bassist, composer, author, and educator. Currently, he is a Professor of Music at Fairfield University. He has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Birdland. Torff performs at jazz festivals throughout the United States.