Wednesday, December 18th at 9pm:
The Jazz Record Art Collective is proud to present the return of the Michael Nearpass Large Ensemble performing Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation of "The Nutcracker Suite" by Tchaikovsky.
"The Nutcracker Suite was recorded for the Columbia label in 1960 with arrangements by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Although the album was created directly from Tchaikovsky's work, the two composers didn't lean on Tchaikovsky for anything beyond the strength of a melody.
In "Dance of the Reed-Pipes," considerations had to be made because there were no flutes in the Ellington band so the composition was rescored for two clarinets, written into a thicket of poking, overlapping brass lines. In the ''Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," rather than adapting Tchaikovsky's celeste theme to Ellington's piano, the jazz composers wrote it for baritone and tenor saxophone. In the ''Waltz of The Flowers'' they let the stiffness out of the ''March'' in exchange for a loose, uptempo swing." - Ben Ratliff, New York Times.
Reeds: Brent Griffin, Artie Black, Hunter Diamond, Dustin Laurenzi, Alex Blomarz
Trumpets: John Moore, Drew Hansen, Chad McCullough
Trombones: Luke Malewicz, Josh Torrey, Michael Nearpass
Piano: Carl Kennedy
Bass: Katie Ernst
Drums: Clif Wallace
ADMISSION & LOCATION:
$10 admission. Cash only.
Doors open at 8:30pm. Show starts at 9pm.
This music series is supported by Candid Wines.
The Fulton Street Collective
Located in the Hubbart Street Lofts
1821 W. Hubbard St. (3rd Floor)
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 852 2481