Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 85: A Jazzy Nutcracker


As we find ourselves in the midst of the festive season, Busy Kids Love Music welcomes you to an enchanting celebration of creativity and musical brilliance. In Episode #85, we’re unwrapping a musical gem that marries the classical magic of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with the innovative jazz stylings of the legendary Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

**Embracing the Nutcracker Tradition:**
For those who have been on your musical journey with me for awhile, you’re likely aware of my deep admiration for Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece, The Nutcracker. It has long been a delightful entry point for introducing young ones to the wonders of classical music. However, in this episode, we’re about to embark on a jazzy adventure that offers a fresh perspective on this beloved ballet.

**Duke Ellington: A Jazz Pioneer:**
A few episodes back, we delved into the genius of Duke Ellington, a pioneering force in the world of jazz. Now, imagine the meeting of two creative powerhouses – Ellington and Tchaikovsky. The result? A jazzy reinterpretation of the Nutcracker suite that adds a vibrant, toe-tapping twist to the classical masterpiece.

**The Nutcracker’s Jazzy Transformation:**
In today’s episode, we’ll unravel the story behind Duke Ellington’s collaboration with Billy Strayhorn to transform Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker into a swinging, improvisational jazz suite. From the iconic “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” to the spirited “Overture,” every piece undergoes a captivating metamorphosis into the world of jazz.

**A Symphony of Learning and Joy:**
At Busy Kids Love Music, my goal is to make music education a joyous and immersive experience for families. Episode #85 invites you to join me in exploring the fusion of classical and jazz genres, offering a unique perspective on a holiday favorite. The jazzy Nutcracker provides a fantastic opportunity for even the youngest listeners to engage with the magic of both musical worlds.

**Celebrate the Magic of Jazzy Nutcracker:**
As the holiday season unfolds, let the melodies of Duke Ellington’s and Billy Strayhorn’s Nutcracker transport your family to a world where classical elegance meets the spirited rhythms of jazz. Whether you’re a longtime fan of The Nutcracker or a newcomer to its enchanting tale, this episode promises a delightful journey filled with surprises and toe-tapping joy.

**Tune In and Jazz Up Your Holidays:**
Don’t miss Episode #85 of Busy Kids Love Music, where the enchanting fusion of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Ellington’s and Strayhorn’s jazz magic awaits. Gather your loved ones, tune in, and let the jazzy Nutcracker cast its spell of festive cheer over your holiday season.

**Wishing You a Jazzy Holiday Symphony:**
From my musical family to yours, Busy Kids Love Music wishes you a harmonious and jazzy holiday season. May the magic of music bring joy, warmth, and festive melodies to your celebrations.




Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Free Nutcracker Camp

Episode 82: Duke Ellington

Episode 9: The Nutcracker

Music Heard in this Episode:

Duke Ellington – Overture

Duke Ellington – Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)

(1) The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14 (Excerpts) : No. 14c, Pas de deux. Var. 2, Dance of the Sugar

Duke Ellington – Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

Duke Ellington – The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 85

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes some of Ellington’s and Strayhorn’s re-imagined interpretations from the Nutcracker. You can view the videos I’ve complied here.

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