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Roy Haynes receives Ellington Medal

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Roy Haynes. Photo by Jaleel Shaw.

Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes was awarded the Ellington Medal last Friday, November 8. Willie Ruff, the director of the Ellington Fellowship at Yale, conferred the medal at a concert featuring Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band.

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, among others.

Ruff said, “It was thrilling to present to him the same Ellington medal that forty years ago was given to Sonny Greer, Papa Jo Jones, Kenney Clarke, and Max Roach: all his heroes and mine.” MORE

Published November 15, 2013
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Open conversation with jazz drummer Roy Haynes Nov. 9

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Jazz drummer Roy Haynes, whose legendary career of over 60 years has earned him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, will appear in an open conversation with Willie Ruff on Saturday, November 9.

The conversation will take place at 10:30am in Sudler Recital Hall, located in W.L. Harkness Hall (adjacent to Sprague Hall). The event is free and open to the public.

Haynes is also performing with his Fountain of Youth Band on Friday, November 8 at 8 pm. TICKETS  MORE

Published November 8, 2013
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Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth Band performs at Yale Nov. 8

roy-haynes-rojaThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music presents Roy Hayes’ Fountain of Youth Band on Friday, November 8 at 8 pm.

As a jazz musician, Haynes is legendary. Winner of the 2011 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Haynes has spent decades as the drummer of choice for jazz stars like Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane.

He will be joined in this concert by Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone; Martin Bejerano, piano; and David Wong, bass.

His nickname, “Snap Crackle,” comes from his “distinctive, rapid-fire sound of the snare, not to short-change his dynamic tom tombs, bass drum rolls, occasional vocals and dance steps” (NPR Jazz Set). MORE

Published October 11, 2013
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