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

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release <em>The Nutcracker Suite</em> in 1960.
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release <em>The Nutcracker Suite</em> in 1960.

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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