Joe McCarthy The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band The Pan American Nutcracker Suite

Richard J Salvucci, All About Jazz

This year, the season starts early with The Pan American Nutcracker Suite. The many people who did not know that Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn had done a jazz take on the music in 1960, need not worry. It is never too late to learn. And once they do, there will be some context in which to place Joe McCarthy and Vince Norman’s 2022 return to the original source, performed by the New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band.