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When Wynton Marsalis resurrected Duke Ellington’s 1960 arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite’’ for PBS’s recent Marsalis on Music, his big band playfully sparred with a classical orchestra’s traditional treatment. Ellington’s spirited version of the 19th-century ballet brought it not kicking and screaming, but effortlessly into the 20th-century. Sure, he rearranged the rhythm and tinkered with the pronounced melodies, but the most inspired part of his take on Tchaikovsky? The titles. Hear the Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra perform Ellington’s arrangements of “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” (“Sugar Rum Cherry”), “Russian Dance” (“The Volga Vouty”), and “Arabian Dance” (“Arabesque Cookie”) at 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $18. (202) 337-4141. (Christopher Porter)