Advent calendar—December 2
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, “Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy” (1960)
from The Nutcracker Suite
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As it appears we are in an Ellington season, we’ll go to Duke’s version of The Nutcracker by way of the Cotton Club—though as Terry Teachout’s new biography points out, the arrangements were the work of Billy Strayhorn.