Conservatory Without Walls

Friday, May 13, 2016 7:30PM
Morse Recital Hall

Conservatory Without Walls

Ellington Jazz Series


This special event pairs documentary footage with a performance by a young jazz drum prodigy.

Antoine Roney Trio
Antoine Roney, saxophone
Kojo Odu Roney, drums
Billy “Spaceman” Patterson, guitar
Rashaan Carter, bass

Watch Conservatory Without Walls, a documentary originally created by WTIC Hartford about the eponymous event that Willie Ruff organized here at Yale in 1972. That convocation of forty jazz legends directly led to the founding of the Ellington Jazz Series.

The video, preserved by the Yale Film Study Center, includes interviews with figures such as Dizzy Gillespie and archival material of Duke Ellington — including Willie Ruff playing bass with Ellington at the piano.