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“There’s a long, long trail a-winding Into the land of my dreams, Where a nightingale is singing And a white moon beams." Although these lyrics may seem uncharacteristic for a war song, they are from the chorus of one of the most popular and enduring songs of World War I, "There’s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding". The song had its origins here at Yale, in Connecticut Hall.
The Gilmore Music Library is delighted to honor the 85th birthday of Prof. Willie Ruff of the Yale School of Music with a new exhibition, A Riff on Ruff: Yale’s Jazz Ambassador to the World. Prof. Ruff will also speak about a seminal series of interviews he conducted with some of the last surviving pioneers of jazz in 1974, at a talk on February 16th, 2017 at Sterling Memorial Library.