It's a challenge to transform the "Nutcracker Suite's" romantic orchestra into jumpin' jazz melodies, but that's exactly what Duke Ellington and his collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, did.
Ellington's band memebers were not so sure that a classical ballet could become a cool-cat jazz number. But Duke and Billy, inspired by their travels and by musical styles past and present, infused the composition with Vegas glitz, Hollywood glamour, and even a little New York jazz.
CD recording of the Ellington/Strayhorn composition included.
Join us for a book presentation with 4 of the contributors to DC JAZZ, along with editor, Maurice Jackson. Arrive at 1:15 for a musical reception with Nommo Jazz Quartet on Sankofa's rear
Join us for our signature children's storytelling program with The Happy Nappy Storytellers.