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


If you’ve been around here awhile, you know that I love all things Nutcracker. It’s such a fantastic way to introduce even the littlest ones to the world of classical music. (I even created a whole music camp around it for this reason.) A few episodes ago, we learned about the musical genius of Duke Ellington. Did you know he partnered with another creative genius to put together a super amazing JAZZ version of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet? We’re going to learn all about it in today’s episode.




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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