The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, an 18-piece big band, will present an evening of Christmas jazz on Friday, December 8th at 7:30pm in the Readiness Center located on the campus of USC Upstate.
Admission is Free, It is Christmas!
The highlight of the show will be the premier Spartanburg performance of the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s jazz rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet.
Adapted and arranged in 1960 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, the suite takes the familiar tunes from the Tchaikovsky ballet and blends them with the classic Ellington sound. The result is songs with names like “Toot Toot Tootie Toot” and “Danse of the Floreadores”.
WSPA news anchor Diane Lee will join us for the evening. Diane will join our own Darin Dotson in holiday vocal favorites. And of course, band leader Tom Wright will be on hand for some high octane Alto Solos!