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Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 7:30 pm

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If you think Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s remarkable, 1960 interpretation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet, The Nutcracker, is the final jazz word on the popularorchestral work, think again. Performed by drummer/leader Joe McCarthy’s New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band.

The Pan American Nutcracker Suite is what ‘60s Mad Men would’ve branded a “travelogue in sound.” Expressed in riveting arrangements, acutely brilliant solos, and McCarthy’s inventive arrangements and powerfully evocative drumming, The Pan American Nutcracker Suite is an aural tour de force, an all-encompassing, immersive sound experience.