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WNPR: Willie Ruff Uses Cinema Skills to Intro Pianist Aaron Diehl’s Trio Set at Yale

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Willie Ruff

WNPR | By Owen McNally

Relaxing in a cozy recliner back home in Columbus, Ohio, the nonagenarian trombonist Arthur Baskerville can, through the miracle of live streaming, sit back on Friday night and watch his brilliant, young grandson, the phenomenal pianist Aaron Diehl, perform with his trio in New Haven, more than 600 miles away, at Yale’s prestigious Ellington Jazz Series.

This mix of high-tech delivery and comfortable domesticity is made possible by the ingenious Willie Ruff, the founder and director of Yale’s Ellington Fellowship program. MORE

Published March 5, 2015
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Ellington Jazz Series presents “The American Jazz Century” March 6

Aaron Diehl, piano

Aaron Diehl, piano

The Ellington Jazz Series wraps up its 2014–2015 season on Friday, March 6. Will Ruff will host a program called The Tuskegee Airmen, Yardbird, and the Blues: The American Jazz Century.

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The program will feature pianist Aaron Diehl and his trio. Diehl, the recipient of the 2013 Jazz Journalist Association’s Up-And-Coming Musician of the Year Award, plays with Paul Sikivie, bass, and Lawrence Leathers, drums. The New York Daily News has said: “Aaron Diehl, a rising star of jazz piano, has an individual talent so huge that one day he may extend the jazz tradition.” MORE

Published February 19, 2015
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Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band plays at Yale Dec. 5

mingus-webThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Grammy Award-winning Mingus Big Band on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm. The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of the composer and bassist Charles Mingus (1922–1979).

Under the artistic direction of Sue Mingus, the 14-piece band tours extensively in the United States and abroad. The ensemble has ten recordings to its credit, six of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. The 2010 album Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. MORE

Published November 18, 2014
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Legendary Bassist Ron Carter and his trio perform concert Oct. 24

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The Yale School of Music presents the Ron Carter Trio on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The legendary bassist Carter will play with Russell Malone, guitar, and Donald Vega, piano.

With over 2,500 recordings to his name, jazz bassist Ron Carter is one of the most recorded in history. Carter was a member of the classic 1963 Miles Davis Quintet which also included members Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Tony Williams. MORE

Published October 9, 2014
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Willie Ruff to give a lecture on the American Jazz Century Sep. 4

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Willie Ruff

Professor Willie Ruff will give the Martin A. Ryerson Lecture at the Yale Art Gallery on Thursday, September 4 at 5:30 pm. His multimedia presentation is titled “A Cinematic Excursion through the American Jazz Century.”

Ruff, Professor of Music and Director of the Ellington Fellowship at Yale, will highlight the life of jazz bassist Milt Hinton, delving into the history of jazz at Yale and beyond. MORE

Published September 3, 2014
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Ravi Coltrane Quartet opens the concert season September 12

Ravi Coltrane extendedNOTE: This post was updated 8/28/2014 to reflect changes in personnel.

The Yale School of Music presents the post-bop saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his quartet on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

This concert features a stellar lineup featuring Adam Rogers, guitar; Matt Brewer, bass; and Nate Smith, drums.

The son of the legendary John Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane has been praised for his “style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it” (Philadelphia City Paper). NPR notes that Coltrane takes a “sleek and modern approach, loosely suggesting his father’s adventurous spirit but not his signature sound.” MORE

Published August 28, 2014
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Ellington Jazz Series announces new concert season

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The Ellington Jazz Series at Yale, directed by Willie Ruff, announces its upcoming concert season today. The 2014–2015 season will have four concerts, beginning Friday, September 12 with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet.

Two ensembles that performed at Yale in 2012 will return this season: the Ron Carter Trio on October 24, and the Mingus Big Band, a tribute to the late Charles Mingus, on December 5.

The season closes on March 6 with The American Jazz Century, a multimedia program hosted by Willie Ruff and featuring pianist Aaron Diehl.

Concerts take place Fridays at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

Tickets go on sale July 1. To purchase tickets, visit our website or contact the box office at 203 432-4158.

Published June 27, 2014
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Review: “Sixteen Sunsets” by Jane Ira Bloom ’76BA, ’77MM

The Buffalo News
By Jeff Simon

Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets
Review: Four stars

You can’t beat the timing. One of the very best jazz records of the year came out just before 2013 was about to become a memory.

Not only is this one of the best jazz discs of the year, it’s, without doubt, one of the most beautiful records soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom has ever made in a recording life that has been replete with the sublime. MORE

Published January 6, 2014
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Jazz pianist David Hazeltine brings his trio to Yale Jan. 16

hazeltine_webThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music has added another concert to its 2013–14 season: the David Hazeltine Trio will perform on Thursday, January 16 at 8 pm.

Hazeltine will perform with George Mraz on the bass and alto saxophone, and Billy Drummond on drums.

David Hazeltine is one of a handful of young pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style out of the accumulated weight of a modern piano tradition. His influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris, and Cedar Walton. Walton, a jazz piano legend and NEA Jazz Master, called Hazeltine “the brightest star on the jazz piano horizon style” and noted that “his style has a deep-seated commitment to jazz history while communicating a wealth of ‘today’s’ ideas.”

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Published December 19, 2013
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Jazz pianist Bill Charlap to give workshop this Saturday, Dec. 7

bill-charlap_webAcclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap will work with New Haven-area piano students in an open workshop on Saturday, December 7. Known for his rigor-meets-romance musical sensibility, Bill Charlap is regarded as one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. He is a two-time Grammy nominee.

The workshop will take place at 10:30am in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Ellington Jazz Fellowship at Yale. MORE

Published December 5, 2013
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