Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite
Marcus Shelby Orchestra
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite

Marcus Shelby Orchestra

DEC 16-19 | SFJAZZ Holiday Concerts

Dec 19, 2021
Miner Auditorium
SunDec 19
7:00 PM

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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, at the urging of Billy Strayhorn, the Duke Ellington Orchestra recorded The Nutcracker Suite (Columbia), a brilliant jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s music.

While largely forgotten today, the popular album marked a watershed in one of American music’s most consequent and productive partnerships, as Ellington gave Strayhorn equal billing for the first time on the album’s cover. For bassist, composer, and arranger Marcus Shelby, Ellington and Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite arrangements offer an ideal vehicle for his talent-laden jazz orchestra, an ensemble he modeled after Ellington’s. 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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Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite arrangements offer an ideal vehicle for Shelby’s talent-laden jazz orchestra, an ensemble he modeled after Ellington’s.

CONCERT SPONSORS
Barbara Z. & Barry X. Lynn
With underwriting from Dennis Antenore | Joe and Jennifer Laska

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A Benefit of Leaders Circle Membership

Relax and refresh before select SFJAZZ shows at the Leaders Circle Lounge. Enjoy complimentary drinks and treats pre-performance with our most dedicated and passionate Members. Get to the venue early and celebrate the holidays with us! 

The Leaders Circle Lounge on Sunday, December 19, precedes the 7:00pm performance Marcus Shelby Orchestra | Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

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Marcus Shelby illuminates history through jazz.

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Marcus Shelby illuminates history through jazz.

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