Tickets are on sale now for Roosevelt High School Jazz Nutcracker held on December 3rd and 4th.
The Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker is based on the Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, a 1960's take on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, who reworked the Tchaikovsky tunes into swinging versions, such as "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" becomes "Sugar Rum Cherry" and the "Arabian Dance" transforms into "Arabesque Cookie." The award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band is fortunate to have the rights to perform this arrangement.
A Roosevelt Jazz Parent told the Laurelhurst Blog that several of the students in this band participated in music at Laurelhurst Elementary School level. The Laurelhurst Elementary band contingency includes on trumpet, seniors, Ben Sahlin, and Thomas Hinds, and sophomore, Carter Eng and playing the saxophone, Junior, Xander Johns, along with Juniors Jonah Harper and Cormac Liotta, who both play bass in the band, and Nick Swedin on guitar.
The band travelled to Europe last summer performing in France and Italy, the latter playing in the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia. Last month the band opened for the Jazz at
Lincoln Center Orchestra at The Paramount. Students had the opportunity to talk with Wynton Marsalis, as well Walter Blanding, Vincent Gradner, and many other exceptional jazz musicians. The Band will travel to New York in the spring to compete in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and hope to see Marsalis and his band. The band also played with Roosevelt Alum drummer, D’vonne Lewis, as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. And later this month, a “Combo” made up of Roosevelt Jazz students will perform with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra at Benaroya Hall.
"We hope you will make the Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker part of your holiday tradition. They are excited to perform this show, a great Seattle holiday tradition," one of the event coordinators said.
Performances are held at the Roosevelt High School performing Arts Theatre(1410 NE 66th Street) on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 4th at 2pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for seniors and students.
For more information and to purchase tickets go here.