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From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

by Nick Spitzer
Dec 19, 2013 (Morning Edition)

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Duke Ellington signs his biography in London in 1958, with Billy Strayhorn in the background. Ellington and Strayhorn collaborated to create 1960's The Nutcracker Suite. Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.

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Over the years, jazz musicians have produced countless recordings of carols and holiday music. Nick Spitzer, host of public radio's American Routes, called NPR's David Greene to weigh in on some swinging, soulful and snarky jazz holiday favorites, some of which were created by the genre's most beloved and influential artists.

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