Event kicks off “A House Full of Rhythm,” the 2011–2012 Ellington Jazz season
The Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music kicks off its 2011–2012 season on Friday, November 4 with a concert featuring French horn player Willie Ruff and the star drum quartet The Whole Drum Truth. Multistyle violinist Mari Black will also perform. The concert will begin at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).
The Whole Drum Truth is a quartet of master drummers in modern jazz. Collectively, they have played alongside artists including Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Yusef Lateef, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ravi Shankar. Albert “Tootie” Heath, the youngest of the legendary Heath Brothers, leads the quartet. The other members are Louis Hayes, the current leader of the Cannonball Legacy Band; Kenny Washington, who teaches at Juilliard and plays in the Bill Churlap Trio; and Willie Jones III, who has released four albums as a leader on his own label, WJ3 Records.
Willie Ruff, the founding director of the Ellington Series, plays both bass and French horn and has performed on the bill with figures such as Louis Armstrong and Count Basie. Mari Black, a graduate of the Yale School of Music and a winner of numerous fiddle and violin competitions, has played concerts from Canada to Korea to Zimbabwe.