Join us for an evening of film and conversation with filmmaker and musician Willie Ruff ‘53 B.M., ‘54 M.M.A. Ruff’s short films TONY WILLIAMS IN AFRICA (1973) and THE SOUL OF ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA (1981/2015) will precede the preservation premiere of THE BEGINNINGS OF BEBOP (1981), a documentary that takes us on a guided tour of significant locations in the history of jazz. Led by legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Ruff and his musical partner Dwike Mitchell visit Minton’s Playhouse, Carnegie Hall, the former site of the Savoy Ballroom, and even Miles Davis’s home for an impromptu stop. 16mm prints and digital file from the Yale Film Archive.
A presentation of the Yale Film Study Center and Films at the Whitney with support from Paul L. Joskow ’70 M.Phil., ’72 Ph.D.