The Swinging Jazz Nutcracker Suite performed by the All Star Montco Big Band


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The Sunnybrook Ballroom, The PA Jazz Alliance and The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board present:

The Swinging Jazz Nutcracker Suite performed by the All Star Montco Big Band

With music arranged and imagined by Milton “Shorty” Rogers and Duke Ellington

This exciting 17 piece jazz orchestra will take you on a holiday journey transporting you back to Big Band Era

You’ll be dancing in your seat while experiencing that swinging brassy sound with clever insightful story narration by State Rep. Joe Ciresi and featured vocalist Amy Banks.

Please also bring an unwrapped toy, as this show will be a toy drive! All toys well be donated to The Helping Hands Community Outreach Program – Holiday Project

  • Friday December 15th, 2023
  • at SoulJoel’s inside SunnyBrook
  • Doors open at 630pm, show starts at 730pm
  • This show is an all-ages event
  • Adult tickets only $25
  • Students only $10

About The Show: 

What do Peter Tchaikovsky, Shorty Rogers and Duke Ellington have in common?  Well, they are all innovators, composers and arrangers. You will hear the incredible melodies of Tchaikovsky re imagined by two great jazz master composers, arrangers Shorty Rogers and Duke. It was May of 1960 when both Shorty Rogers and Duke Ellington were hard at work creating jazz big band arrangements of this iconic ballet music. Interestingly, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn began recording their version of the Nutcracker on the very day (May 26, 1960) that Shorty Rogers finished his project. Both were only minutes from one another while recording these master pieces. Duke at Radio Recorders in West Hollywood, CA and Shorty at RCA Victor’s Music Center in Los Angeles. Whether or not these two major record labels caught wind of the other’s project and spurred their top jazz talent to come up with a competing version, and whose was finished first, is a matter of conjecture. However, we now have some amazing jazz versions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Waltz of The Flowers, The Arabian Dance and The Tea Dance to name a few.  We hope you enjoy this holiday production of the Swingin Jazz Nutcracker Suite performed by the All Star Montco Big Band under the direction of  Maestro Marko Marcinko.

Additional information

Ticket Type

Student, GA

Event Details

Date: December 15, 2023

Start time: 07:30 p.m. EST

End time: 09:00 p.m. EST

Venue: The SunnyBrook Ballroom 50 SunnyBrook Road Pottstown, PA 19464

Phone: 484-300-4681