Filtering Tchaikovsky's original ballet through swinging jazz, Duke Ellington and collaborator Billy Strayhorn created a Nutcracker" that features the brass and unique rhythm of America's music. Audiences young and old will delight in Toot Toot Tootie Toot, Peanut Brittle Brigade" and Sugar Rum Cherry, which is Ellington and Strayhorn's take on the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" original.
The second half of the evening will feature the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Mr. Marsalis, Ted Nash and other members of the orchestra as well as the masterworks of Count Basie, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and other great jazz composers. The band's latest CD, Don't Be Afraid… The Music of Charles Mingus, was recently released by Palmetto Records.
The Ellington Nutcracker Tour Dates are: December 9, 2005 New Bedford MA Zeiterion Theatre
December 12, 2005 Rochester NY Eastman Theater