Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite. Anna Harwell Celenza. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2011. Charlesbridge. 32 pages.
In Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, Anna Harwell Celenza shares with young people the story behind this jazz legend's recording of the Nutcracker Suite. The book is set in 1960, and it follows the story of 'the nutcracker suite' from just an idea all the way to the recording studios. It is the story of how Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn make the Nutcracker their own. Much of the story takes place in the recording studio as Ellington introduces his band to the music. Emphasis is on the new song titles and their inspiration.
- Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Pipes)
- Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)
- Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies)
- The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)
- Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance)
- Danse of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)
- Arabesque Cookie
Read Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite:
- If you like the Nutcracker Suite and are curious about how it can be jazzed up for new audiences
- If you like jazz music, if you like Duke Ellington
- If you like picture books based on true events