The Nutcracker Swings: A Cool Jazz Christmas at Pasadena Convention Center
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The last date listed for The Nutcracker Swings was Saturday December 19, 2009 / 7:00pm.
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Overall, I thought it was a nice event to support the Pasadena Jazz Institute. I enjoyed listening to the jazz. Mel Tome's son singing was a little dry but I was able to get into a couple of songs that he sung. Not sure if they really needed to include the choir in the program although they were good. Would have preferred if the concert had been in an auditorm insteaad of round table. Seats were ok.
Pasadena Jazz Orchestra
Redwhite+Bluezz All Stars
Sacred Nation Gospel Choir
Pji Junior Superstars
Special appearances by*
Maestro Victor Vener
Sylvia St. James
The Nutcracker Swings Duke Ellington
A Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi
Hosted by: Bryan Gallyot
Executive producer: André Vener
Visit from: Santa Claus
Music director: Paul Lines