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12/10/2021

The Ellington Jazz Nutcracker with CWU Jazz Band at The Seasons Performance Hall

Location: Downtown Yakima , Yakima

101 N Naches Ave, Yakima, WA 98901

Doors Open at 6:30 PM or join us even earlier in the Gallery/Bistro (Enter off Sgt Pendleton Way)
It's a Holiday Matinee for families and students of all ages to hear the great Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker Suite" as transformed in 1960 by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn into an American jazz masterpiece. And performed by one of the best college jazz bands in the country: the Central Washington University Jazz Band under the direction of Brian Lawrence.

As an added treat, The Davis High School Jazz Band under the direction of Sam Howard will open the concert with a selection of their best work.

A modern classic, The Jazz Nutcracker is filled with energy, intelligence, swing and all the innovation and improvisation of the jazz age. Each of its songs take off from one of the beloved originals from Tchaikovsky's beloved Holiday Classic, and while the source is recognizable, each is transformed and magnified into a snappy, humorous, high-energy platform for musical fun and improvisation.

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