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Willie Ruff to lecture on jazz legend Oscar Pettiford May 13

May 9, 2012

Willie Ruff, Professor of Music and the Director of the Duke Ellington Fellowship at Yale, will present “Blues in the Closet,” a musical portrait of the legendary bassist and cellist Oscar Pettiford, on Sunday, May 13 at 3 pm.

Pettiford, born in 1922 in Oklahoma to parents of African American and Native American ancestry, is best known for the jazz composition “Blues in the Closet.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street (at York Street).

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: America Rising. For more information, visit artgallery.yale.edu.

(Image: William P. Gottlieb, Portrait of Oscar Pettiford and Junior Raglin, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., 1946. Black-and-white photograph. Library of Congress, Music Division, William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection.)