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Ali Jackson Jr.

Ali Jackson Jr. developed his talent on drums at an early age. After earning a degree in music composition at the New School University for Contemporary Music, he studied under Elvin Jones and Max Roach. He has performed and recorded with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Harry Connick, Jr., KRS-1, Marcus Roberts, Joshua Redman, Seiji Ozawa, Diana Krall and the New York City Ballet.

Mr. Jackson is also featured on the Wynton Marsalis Quartet's The Magic Hour (Blue Note, 2004). Mr. Jackson currently performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, “phenom ensemble,” Horns in the Hood and leads his own Ali Jackson Quartet

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West Orange, NJ

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.


Contact for Instruction Opportunities LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES 2005-present Essentially Ellington - Jazz at Lincoln Center 1996-present Jazz for Young People - Jazz at Lincoln Center 2007 “What is the Blues?” Clermont Jazz Festival - Clermont Ferrand, France 2007 “The dichotomies of Jazz and Hip-Hop” - Stanford University 2007 “The History of Jazz” - Healdsburg Jazz Society, Healdsburg, CA 2007 Drum Master Class - West Virginian University 2006 “Interacting Inside Jazz” - UNLV 2006 Drum Master Class - Luanda Jazz Society Luanda, Angola 2005 “Jazz Rhythm Section” - Eastman School of Music 2005 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Faculty - Jazz Aspen 2004 Jazz House Kids Program - Newark Public Schools, Newark, NJ 2003 "Who is Louis Armstrong?"


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