Lou Donaldson receives Ellington Medal

Lou Donaldson, the legendary saxophonist and recently named NEA Jazz Master, was awarded an Ellington Medal last Friday, October 5. Willie Ruff, the director of the Ellington Fellowship at Yale, conferred the medal during a concert featuring Donaldson and his quartet.

The concert, which took place in Morse Recital Hall, was the second event of the 2012–13 season of the Ellington Jazz Series at Yale. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the concert series.

In 1972, Yale 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 performed by a virtual Who’s Who of jazz: Eubie Blake, Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Odetta, Joe Williams, Art Blakey, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Greer, Jo Jones, Max Roach, Ray Brown, Charlie Mingus, and Dizzy Gillespie, to name just a few.

Since then, the Duke Ellington Fellowship has brought the giants of jazz to Yale’s concert halls and to the city’s public schools. Ellington Medal recipients in recent years have included Frank Wess, the Heath brothers, and James Moody.

The NEA’s biography of Donaldson reads, in part: “When it comes to a jazzy soulful groove, it doesn’t get much groovier than Lou Donaldson. His distinctive blues-drenched alto has been a bopping force in jazz for more than six decades. MORE

Published October 8, 2012
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Lou Donaldson Quartet performs at Yale Oct. 5

Alto saxophonist Donaldson recently named an NEA Jazz Master

The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music continues its 2012—2013 season on Friday, October 5 at 8 pm with a concert featuring LOU DONALDSON and his trio.

Donaldson, recently named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, is legendary for his energetically bluesy alto saxophone. “The octogenarian virtuoso has lost little to the passing decades,” notes the Chicago Tribune.

He will perform with Randy Johnston, guitar; Akiko Tsuruga, organ; and Fukushi Tainaka, drums.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

It is the second event in the 40th anniversary gala season of the Ellington Jazz Series at Yale.

Tickets to the concert are $20–$30, $10 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published September 24, 2012
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