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

Joe McCarthy Drummer, Bandleader, Co-arranger
Vince Norman Co-arranger

The New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band
Joe McCarthy | drums, leader
Vince Norman | saxophones
Nick Marchione | trumpet
John Chudoba | trumpet
Brandon Lee | trumpet
Alex Norris | trumpet
Andrew Gould | alto saxophone
Alejandro Aviles | alto saxophone
Ben Kono | tenor saxophones
Luis Hernandez | tenor saxophones
Frank Basile | baritone saxophone
Mark Patterson | trombone
Ryan Keberle | trombone
John Yao | trombone
James Borowski | bass trombone
Luis Perdomo | piano
Vinny Valentino | guitar
Boris Kozlov | bass
Samuel Torres | percussion

“If you think Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s remarkable, 1960 interpretation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet, The Nutcracker, is the final jazz word on the popular orchestral work, think again. Performed by drummer/leader Joe McCarthy’s New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, Pan American Nutcracker Suite is what ‘60s Mad Men would’ve branded a “travelogue in sound.” Expressed in riveting arrangements, acutely brilliant solos, and McCarthy’s inventive arrangements and powerfully evocative
drumming, Pan American Nutcracker Suite is an aural tour de force, an all-encompassing, immersive sound experience.”

– Ken Micallef


The Pan American Nutcracker Suite’s distinct beauty comes from the ingenuity that McCarthy, conductor and co-arranger Vince Norman, and the New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band bring to the nuance of arranging that incorporates so many musical styles. Utilizing the adaptability of the clave, the effervescence of Afro-Latin artistry and the measured brilliance of a band of seasoned, like-minded musicians, Joe McCarthy and the New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band’s The Pan American Nutcracker Suite is a brilliant reinvention of a timeless classic for generations to come.”

– Michael Ambrosino writes about music, and culture, producing and hosting a variety of Jazz programs on


Learn More about the Pan American Nutcracker Suite




1. Overture
2. March
3. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
4. Trepak
5. Arabian Dance
6. Chinese Dance
7. Dance of the Reeds – Flutes
8. Waltz of the Flowers