Duke ellingtons nutcracker with duke ellington orchestra. Cw 32, popularly known as the nutcracker suite, in january and february 1892. Three suites highlights the genius that is duke ellington. The bso will delight the entire family with the peanut brittle brigade and dance of the floreadors and a few old favorites too. The show will highlight the jazz interpretations of. Relatively late in his career, ellington decided to release an album devoted to orchestrations of other composers and chose tchaikovskys nutcracker suite not exactly a safe choice, since many consider tchaikovsky one of the great orchestrators. Come and enjoy the classic nutcracker tale set to the jazz music of duke ellington.
Listen before or after reading the nutcracker in harlem by t. The music for peer gynt is all at once subtle, dramatic and at times, haunting. Inspired by tchaikovskys infamous suite, this nutcracker is unlike any youve seen before. At the joyce, the christmas favorite takes an engagingly unfamiliar form with a soundtrack by duke ellington and billy strayhorn. Heres a clever, wellexecuted album with a clever, wellexecuted plan. The nutcracker suite duke ellington credits allmusic. Dec 09, 2016 the nutcracker suite is an album by american pianist, composer and bandleader duke ellington recorded for the columbia label in 1960 featuring jazz interpretations of the nutcracker by. Check out nutcracker suite by duke ellington on amazon music. Nutcracker suite is a work that most of us know from the christmas holiday, a ballet that as a schoolchild one had to see. Duke ellingtons nutcracker suite with cd audio by anna. Duke ellington sugar rum cherry dance of the sugarplum fairy by masterxelpud. Its a work that is reimagined by the composing genius. However this cd is very disappointing because 1 it is taken from a vinyl source you can hear the surface noise 2 the ending of the last movement is chopped off, and 3 there is only 31 mins of music on the whole cd cds take 75 mins with ease.
In their own unique style, the two composers remake tchaikovskys nutcracker suite. His music for jazz orchestra from the nutcracker takes the music of tchaikovsky to a new, modern dimension that will no doubt resonate with many the way the classical ballet music does not. Duke ellington edward kennedy ellington, april 29, 1899 may 24, 1974 was an american jazz composer, pianist and bandleader, one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all american music. The process of adaptation that ellington and strayhorn began continues today in new productions, like the oregon ballet theaters revision of george balanchines nutcracker to exclude problematic elements like the yellowface of the chinese dance. Tchaikovsky compiled his suite from the ballet the nutcracker, op. Nov 28, 2014 the baltimore symphony orchestra performs duke ellingtons nutcracker with step afrika. Its 1960 and jazz fans cant get enough of duke ellington and his big band. The nutcracker suite duke ellington album wikipedia. Duke ellington and his orchestra ellington, strayhorn, tchaikovsky the nutcracker suite. Composer billy strayhorn takes center stage alongside jazz legend duke ellington in this dynamic picture book account of the composition and recording of their reimagined nutcracker suite.
Peer gynt suites nos 1 and 2 and ellingtonstrayhorn. The musical performance will take place december, 14, 2014 at the apollo. Paul gonsalves 27chorus tenor solo on diminuendo in blue and crescendo in blue practically started a riot at newport and made headlines around the. Make a 1time donation or set up a monthly donation of any amount you choose. For purposes of accuracy, the manuscripts were crosschecked carefully with the original duke ellington. Ellington s reworking of griegs peer gynt suites including in the hall of the mountain king and his tribute to john steinbeck suite. Buy cheap duke ellington s the nutcracker suite tickets online 247 right here. It was the only one of his three ballet suites to have been compiled an published during the composers lifetime.
The program will delight audiences with the nutcracker presented to two ways. Greatest allround musical figure of the 20th century, who achieved monumental status as a composer, bandleader, arranger, and instrumentalist. Ellingtons remarkable adaptation of the nutcracker suite is brought. Ellington, composer of approximately two thousand compositions, rarely arranged music that was not of his own creation. Ccm jazz and musical theatre present duke ellingtons nutcracker suite nov. Get the best deals on suite classical cds duke ellington when you shop the largest online selection at. Duke ellington and his orchestra nutcracker suite peer. The album won a grammy award for best jazz performance by a big band in 1976. Duke ellington was a jazz composer, pianist and bandleader in the early part of the 20th century. Its a challenge to transform the nutcracker suite s romantic orchestra into jumpin jazz melodies, but thats exactly what duke ellington and his collaborator, billy strayhorn, did. In 1960, at the urging of billy strayhorn, the duke ellington orchestra recorded the nutcracker suite columbia, a brilliant jazz interpretation of tchaikovskys music.
Duke ellingtons the nutcracker suite promo code cheap duke. The nutcracker suite is an album by american pianist, composer and bandleader duke ellington recorded for the columbia label in 1960 featuring jazz. Lp, promo, re, rm, wlbl, 180 pure pleasure records. Edward kennedy duke ellington april 29, 1899 may 24, 1974 was an american composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years born in washington, d. Featuring jazz interpretations of tchaikovskys the nutcracker, the album has come to be recognised as one of duke ellington s most important albums of the 1960s. The tchaikovskys nutcracker suite rearranged by duke ellington and billy strayhorn. Duke ellington and his orchestra ellington, strayhorn. It juxtaposes two versions of tchaikovskys nutcracker suite on the same disc.
Nutcracker suite by duke ellington on amazon music. One of duke ellington s most delightful adaptations of another composers material is his reworking of tchaikovskys nutcracker suite into jazz. Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know about special events, coupons and promotions. Duke ellington s appearance at the 1956 newport jazz festival has long been famous, and justifiably so. He reinterpreted tchaikovskys nutcracker suite as a jazz composer. Duke ellington and his orchestra, ellington, strayhorn. Writing it was easy, it was finished in less than three months, but convincing the musicians of the idea was another matter. The ellington suites is an album by american pianist, composer, and bandleader duke ellington which collects three suites recorded in 1959, 1971, and 1972 released on the pablo label in 1976. While largely forgotten today, the popular album marked a watershed in one of american musics most consequent and productive partnerships, as ellington gave strayhorn. The duke ellington orchestra made only one recording of the nutcracker suite, so in the links that follow, i offer various ways you can access that single, historic recording. The nutcracker suite sheet music by ellingtonstrayhorn sku.
This edition of tchaikovskys the nutcracker suite, arranged in 1960 by billy strayhorn and duke ellington, was assembled from the original manuscripts held in the strayhorn repository and the ellington collection of the smithsonian. Lp, promo, re, rm, wlbl, 180 pure pleasure records ppan cs8341. Duke ellington and his orchestra, ellington, strayhorn, tchaikovsky. Nutcracker suite, conducted by duke ellington listen to nutcracker suite in its entirety. Find last minute and sold out duke ellington s the nutcracker suite tickets along with vip seating at very low prices for all 2020 events. Composer billy strayhorn takes center stage alongside jazz legend duke ellington. Ticket down has great deals on duke ellington s the nutcracker suite tickets. His band and guest singers austin and washington breathe new life into the singular cultural fusion of tchaikovsky with the orchestral language of ellington. As orchestrators and harmonists, ellington and strayhorn found inspiration in debussy and ravel. Find album credit information for the nutcracker suite duke ellington on allmusic.
Nutcracker suite overture youtube duke ellington and his orchestra. Ellington and billy strayhorn wrote the queens suite for queen elizabeth ii who was presented with a single pressing of the. Jazz up the holiday season with a sample from duke ellington s version of the nutcracker suite performed by david berger jazz. This book tells in storyform how duke ellington was inspired to take tchaikovskys nutcracker suite and write it for jazz. Duke ellington and his orchestra nutcracker suitepeer. Vocalist danny bacher will join the band on other holiday music. Jazz planets by echoes of ellington jazz orchestra. Coarranged by billy strayhorn, this is a remarkable work by the ellington orchestra. A blog supreme the great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of billy strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28.
On a night in 1960, legendary musician and band leader duke ellington, along with his collaborator billy strayhorn, decided to jazz up tchaikovskys christmastime staple, nutcracker suite. Duke ellington s arrangement is great and ive heard played great. When duke ellington and billy strayhorn got their hands on the nutcracker suite, no one would have guessed how tchaikovskys sugar plum fairies could swing. Ellington s band memebers were not so sure that a classical ballet could become a coolcat jazz number. Swing for the holidays weidner center for the performing. Duke ellington s nutcracker suite by anna harwell celenza and don tate. For purposes of accuracy, the manuscripts were cross. This edition of tchaikovskys the nutcracker suite, arranged in 1960 by billy strayhorn and duke ellington, was assembled from the original manuscripts held in the strayhorn repository and the ellington collection of the smithsonian institutions national museum of american history. Green bay jazz orchestra and courtney sherman uwgreen bays newest holiday tradition returns. Ellington, along with your jazzy holiday favorites, is certain to make for a cheery night. Yet when the duke and his writing partner billy strayhorn first announced plans to take the classical ballet and perform a jazz version, even members of duke s orchestra expressed. The nutcracker suite sheet music by ellingtonstrayhorn. This project began on 1 january 2010 and the discography section is now complete.
Additionally, you will be able to find all the titles duke recorded and the names of the writers, and, eventually, the names of all his sidemen and other artists who recorded with him. The nutcracker suite additional works to be announced. At christmas 1960, the composing duo managed something truly extraordinary. Duke ellington and his orchestra the nutcracker suite 1960. Featuring brand new choreography from dcbased dance troupe step afrika. Duke ellington orchestra tickets, 2020 concert tour dates.
Ellington and strayhorn did not save all their gifts for royals. Duke ellington the volga vouty russian dance youtube. Eager to create fresh, new tunes, duke and his bestfriend and collaborator, billy strayhorn, decide to reinvent a holiday tradition. Dec 03, 2015 the marquee at the apollo advertises duke ellington s nutcracker suite december 11, 2014 in new york. Featuring jazz interpretations of tchaikovskys the nutcracker, the album has come to be recognized as one of duke ellington s most important albums of the 1960s. The museum holds the original scorepart of our vast duke ellington collectionwith 100,000 pages of his unpublished music. Ensemblenew york, and a 1960 duke ellingtonbilly strayhorn jazz version.
This is some of the greatest music of the suites written or in this case, arranged by ellington and strayhorn. Ccm jazz and musical theatre present duke ellingtons nutcracker. As with all discographies, this will always be a work in progress and cannot be. The nutcracker suite the nutcracker suite nine movement suite arr. Trumpets, saxes, flutes, trombones, piano and drums outstanding musicians and music. The rhythm section also included sam woodyard, back with the band after a years. Listen to the duke ellington version of the russian dance entitled the volga vouty.
Oct 08, 20 heres a clever, wellexecuted album with a clever, wellexecuted plan. Tchaikovsky russian dance, nutcracker suite music at home. Aso features holiday concert with suites by tchaikovsky. This authentic edition of tchaikovskys nutcracker suite, as arranged in 1960 by billy strayhorn and duke ellington, was assembled from the original manuscripts held in the strayhorn repository and the ellington collection of the smithsonian institutions national museum of american history. Strayhorn 19151967 gave ellington his theme song, take the a train, with which the university of indianapolis collaborative jazz orchestra opened a concert monday night focusing mainly on the two mens recasting of tchaikovskys first nutcracker suite. Duke ellington and billy strayhorns nutcracker suite arrangements offer an ideal vehicle for shelbys jazz orchestra. The jazz loft big band will perform duke ellington s jazz nutcracker suite. Duke ellington and his orchestra ellington, strayhorn, tchaikovsky duke ellington and his orchestra ellington, strayhorn, tchaikovsky the nutcracker suite. Duke ellingtons nutcracker baltimore symphony orchestra.363 101 1203 1222 1168 1143 1128 734 1265 65 508 811 913 1459 960 745 1372 1251 378 584 13 301 952 369 128 270 626 1193 657 1023 905 1354 984 1159 1098 866 1001 372 1359 1131 1303 413 164 552 229 1260