The Nutcracker Swings!

Dec 13, 2009
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Santa Claus and Victor Vener

And boy does it ever. Christmas is a musical holiday, maybe the most musical of all. It’s been celebrated in many genres, from rock (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, anyone?) to techno, to, of course, classical. There’s something about jazz, though, that makes for a really special holiday feeling. If you want to share in that feeling, and help a good cause, get yourself some tickets to the Pasadena Jazz Institute’s benefit concert, The Nutcracker Swings: A Cool Jazz Christmas. Come hear some of Pasadena’s finest (as well as some imported talent) perform A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Nutcracker Swings and other Christmas favorites. Performers include the Pasadena Jazz Orchestra, the Red White + Bluezz All Stars, the Sacred Nation Gospel Choir, Renee Olstead, James Tormé (yes, Mel’s son) and more. The concert starts at 7, with doors opening at 6 for drinks and an optional holiday dinner. Fence-sitters be warned: Tickets go fast.

The Nutcracker Swings!
Saturday, December 19, 7 – 10 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St., Pasadena
Tickets $30, $40, $50, $60, $70; dinner is $35
For tickets and info see