All That Holiday Jazz! Nutcracker Suite

  • 1310 25th Street | Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Presented By: Drake University
  • Dates: December 22, 2022
  • Location: Turner Jazz Center
  • Phone: (515) 360-3023
  • Start/End Time: 7:30 PM
  • Price: $30
  • Overview
    Featuring Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite!

    A change of pace, but also a nod to our tradition. we’ll be starting the evening with a beautiful, classic piece of arranging, Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. His rich harmonies add a very American layer to this beloved work of Tchaikovsky

    The second half of the evening will be devoted to your favorite holiday classics.
    Now in its eighth season, the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra (TCJO) is the resident professional ensemble of the Turner Jazz Center at Drake University.  A not-for-profit organization, the TCJO is dedicated to authentic, high caliber performances of American jazz and particularly the music of the big band tradition.  The organization is committed to the promotion and preservation of both the historic and contemporary repertoire of this original American music.  
    The ensemble is a 17-piece big band led by Founding Artistic Director Andrew Classen, Professor of Trumpet in the Department of Music at Drake and the Fred & Patty Turner Professor of Jazz Studies.  Members are all highly accomplished professional musicians and include some of the most prominent artists and jazz educators in Iowa.  Several members are inductees and special honorees of the Des Moines Jazz Hall of Fame.