Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Bring Holiday Jazz To The East Coast

The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tours the Eastern U.S. with a special repertoire for the 2005 holiday season. For the first half of the concerts, the world-renowned big band will perform selections from Duke Ellington's "The Nutcracker, " followed by a repertoire of jazz selections and holiday songbook favorites for the second half. The "Ellington Nutcracker Tour" will commence on December 9 in Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, Massachusetts and will take the band to Brookville, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York.

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 10, 2005 Brookville, NY Tilles Center
December 11, 2005 Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center-Verizon Hall
December 12, 2005 Rochester NY Eastman Theater

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