Randy Sabien & Brian Torff Quartet come to the Web

Randy Sabien & Brian Torff Quartet come to the Web


Critically acclaimed jazz violinist Randy Sabien joins bass virtuoso Brian Q. Torff in a stunning tribute to jazz great Stephane Grappelli this weekend. At 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5, Charlotte’s Web hosts this popular duo at the Burpee Museum of Natural History Auditorium, 737 N. Main St., Rockford.

Sold-out audiences across the country have been captivated by these glowing renditions of Grappelli standards, including many from the “Hot Club” era, as well as exuberant original material, all performed with creativity, virtuosity and improvisation.

Bassist Torff, who performed with Grappelli throughout the ’70s and ’80s, brings a tremendous history to the project, and both he and Randy Sabien lead educational workshops along with a concert engagement. The simple format of two guitars, violin and bass are fully realized in this two-hour program of acoustic jazz—hot club style!

Debuting in 2002-03, the group is available to festival, concert hall and performing arts presenters exclusively from SRO Artists. If Grappelli were here, these guys would receive a standing ovation from him.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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