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Pan American Nutcracker Suite

Tue, Dec 19 -
Wed, Dec 20, 2023

$49.50 ($9.00 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes the debut of Joe McCarthy's Latin Grammy award-winning New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band for two nights. Band members are: Joe McCarthy (drums/Leader), Boris Kozlov (bass), Jo Ann Dougherty (piano), Luisito Quintero (percussion), Demarcus Baysmore (guitar), Nick Marchione (Lead trumpet), Michael Van Bebber (trumpet), Ray Larsen (trumpet), Jay Thomas (trumpet), Alejandro Aviles (Lead alto saxophone), Nathaniel Schleimer (alto saxophone), Travis Rainey (tenor saxophone), Michael Brockman (tenor saxophone), Alex Dug Dale (baritone saxophone), Stuart Hambley (Lead trombone), Jerome Smith (trombone), Connor Eisenmenger (trombone) and Audrey Stangland (bass trombone).

This show is supported by KNKX.

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“...everyone has a Christmas album, but this one, for sure, is distinctive, different, and delightful. And a worthy successor to Ellington and Strayhorn." -- Richard J Salvucci, All About Jazz, Review

"The Pan American Nutcracker Suite is an aural tour de force, an all-encompassing, immersive sound experience." -- Ken Micallef, Music Writer

The Pan American Nutcracker Suite is a global musical adventure that celebrates and unites the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece, “The Nutcracker Suite”, with the beautifully diverse musical traditions of the Americas and beyond.

Created and co-arranged by Joe McCarthy and Vince Norman, this composition features original orchestrations performed by Joe McCarthy’s Latin Grammy Award-Winning New York Afro Bop Alliance Big Band (NYABABB). Released on September 9th, 2022 via Angelface Records.

The New York based Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble features writing and composing talents of its members inspired by the great bebop tradition and rich rhythmic stylings of Afro- Caribbean music.

Guests who have recorded and/or performed with the band include Paquito D’ Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, Manuel Valera, Ruben Rodriguez, Ryan Keberle, Hector Martignon, Roberto Quintero, Luisito Quintero, Arturo O’ Farrill, Dave Samuels, Roland Vazquez, Luques Curtis, Michael Mossman, Ray Vega, Antonio Hart, Oscar Stagnaro, Luis Bonilla and Joe Magnarelli.


~ Recognized as one of the Best Latin Releases of 2022 by The New York City Jazz Record

Reached #33 on JazzWeek Jazz Album Chart in 2022

~NACC College Jazz Top-30 at #28

~Sold out shows at Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center

~Featured in December 2022 issues of Downbeat Magazine and The New York City Jazz Record

"The [New York] Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, captained by drummer Joe McCarthy, occupies a singular spot in the timeline of Afro-Cuban ensembles, at once a torchbearer of the genre’s storied history and also one of its fiercest innovators." - DownBeat Magazine


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