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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LECTURES, WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES
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,
2007 “The dichotomies of Jazz and Hip-Hop” - Stanford University
“The History of Jazz” - Healdsburg Jazz Society, Healdsburg, CA
Drum Master Class - West Virginian University
“Interacting Inside Jazz” - UNLV
Drum Master Class - Luanda Jazz Society Luanda, Angola
“Jazz Rhythm Section” - Eastman School of Music
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Faculty - Jazz Aspen
2004 Jazz House Kids Program - Newark Public Schools, Newark, NJ
2003 "Who is Louis Armstrong?"