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Ellington Jazz Series

For over forty years, the Duke Ellington Fellowship has brought the giants of jazz to Yale’s concert halls and to the city’s public schools. In 1972, Yale’s president Kingman Brewster presented the first Ellington medals to thirty jazz greats, including the Duke himself. That year marked the beginning of a series of extraordinary jazz concerts by Eubie Blake, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Odetta, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus, to name just a few.

2019–2020 Season

  • Ignacio Berroa Trio
    Ellington Jazz Series
    Fri | Sep 27 2019 | 7:30 pm
    Morse Recital Hall
  • Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace
    Ellington Jazz Series
    Fri | Nov 15 2019 | 7:30 pm
    Morse Recital Hall
  • Catherine Russell
    Ellington Jazz Series
    Fri | Jan 17 2020 | 7:30 pm
    Morse Recital Hall
  • The Bernie Williams Collective
    Ellington Jazz Series
    Fri | Mar 06 2020 | 7:30 pm
    Morse Recital Hall


The Ellington Series continues to present concerts and residencies by jazz legends as well as the new generation of artists. Recent seasons have featured Joshua Redman, James Moody, the Heath Brothers, Ahmad Jamal, Lou Donaldson, and Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak.

The Ellington Series also presents “Home Grown on Common Ground” concerts, which showcase the breadth of New Haven’s musical communities by bringing together local talent with stars who have grown up in the New Haven area. Past “Home Grown on Common Ground” concerts have featured bassist Ben Allison, the St. Luke’s Steel Band, pianist Christian Sands, and more.