Homegrown on Common Ground | Duke Ellington Jazz Series
Sprague Memorial Hall
470 College St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Duke Ellington Jazz Series
Willie Ruff, Artistic Director
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
A concert featuring internationally celebrated musicians performing jazz, blues, and art songs from the James Weldon Johnson collection housed at Yale's Beinecke rare book Library.
All the performers are indeed "homegrown", for each received part of their musical education in local institutions including the Neighborhood Music School, Education Center for the Arts (E.C.A.) and the Yale School Of Music.
New Haven native soprano Tiffany Jackson and bassist Jeff Fuller, both graduates of the Yale School of Music are currently teachers at both the Neighborhood School and at the E.C.A. Driving the rhythm for the evening will be drummer Jesse Hameen, a New Haven native who is also on the faculty at both the Neighborhood and E.C.A. Among the former local students joining these musicians and teachers onstage in Sprague Hall will be E.C.A. graduate Wayne Escoffery, a rising saxophone star, and others.