The Justin Varnes Quartet plays tribute to Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite!
As with the entire Legends of Jazz series, Mr. Varnes will guide guests–in engaging, narrative form– through the life of this legendary iconic bandleader and album. 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 Tchaikovsky, arranged by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. In this holiday-oriented concert, Justin Varnes will explore the music, as well as the impact that Ellington’s life influences had on his musical legacy. It’s like taking in a concert and taking a jazz history class at the same time, and…
…oh, and they’ll also play their behinds off!
ONE SHOW ONLY: 7:00pm Admission: $29.