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Jason Allen 06/12/21

Kansas Smitty's Big Band Is Playing Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite

If you’ve never heard Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, count yourself lucky.

Because you still get to hear it for the first time.

It’s a truly timeless classic that takes Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, and reworks it with Ellington’s own rhapsodic genius to create something totally unforgettable. Spotify it and see.

Ronnie Scott's Soho

And there isn’t really a better band in London to play their own version of it than Kansas Smitty’s – the ensemble was founded back in 2012 by Jack Abraham and Giacomo Smith literally in order to play Duke Ellington’s music. Since then, they’ve gone from strength to strength, appearing in festivals, on the BBC, and even opening their own self-named jazz bar in East London. But that’s not where they’re playing the show. No, for this one, they’re heading to THE jazz bar – Ronnie Scott’s.

They’ll set up as a fifteen piece big band, and play out the entire of the album, from the playful take on the Dance of the Reed Pipes (“Toot Toot Tootie Toot”), through to their laid back version of the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy (“Sugar Rum Cherry”). After that, you can expect the evening to be rounded out with a few of the Duke’s other masterpieces.

Ironically, you’re pretty much guaranteed not to get the blues.


NOTE: Kansas Smitty’s Big Band present Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite will take place at Ronnie Scott’s on Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th December. There are two shows each day, at 17:30 & 20:30. You can get your tickets and find out more at the website right HERE.

Ronnie Scott’s | 47 Frith Street, W1D 4HT

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Ronnie Scott’s

47 Frith Street, Soho, Central London, W1D 4HT
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020 7439 0747

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