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Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite: Marcus Shelby Orchestra w/ special guests

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SFJAZZ Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite: Marcus Shelby Orchestra w/ special guests

It's a short walk from the SFJAZZ Center to the War Memorial Opera House, which is where the evening-length ballet The Nutcracker made its North America premiere in the winter of 1944. An immediate sensation, the production unleashed an army of Nutcrackers large and small that march across the country come the holidays, turning Tchaikovsky's spirited score into an enchanting soundtrack for the season. In 1960, atthe urging of Billy Strayhorn, the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded The Nutcracker Suite (Columbia), a brilliant jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky's music. 

Reveling in Tchaikovsky's enduring melodies, Shelby's band breathes new life into a singular cultural fusion that gracefully marries the great Russian composer with the orchestral language of two nonpareil jazz innovators. 

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