Ali Jackson
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Ali Jackson

New York City, New York, United States | MAJOR

New York City, New York, United States | MAJOR
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"Ali Jackson: A Jazz Drummer"

There is something about the sound of wood striking metal, the drumstick to the cymbal; the two sounds: the stick to the cymbal and then the cymbal’s own voice. It’s something about it. A driving force, the engine and transmission, working in tandem with stops, starts, peel-outs and slow cruises all heading in the direction of swing. Ali Jackson, Jazz drummer, utilized the full range of his motor skills with his quintet at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at the Lincoln Center.... - Visions and Verbs

"PBS Radio Review"

Ali Jackson Jr. is part of a new generation of jazz musicians that continue the long tradition of preserving the musical roots while keeping an open and absorbing mind. Mr. Jackson discusses the delicate balance of individualism and collaboration that jazz is built upon, as well as performs some of his original tunes. - KPBS

"A Drummer at the Lead of Carefree Jamming"

Ali Jackson, as heard around town in groups led by Marcus Roberts, Eric Reed, John Ellis and others, is a fantastic young drummer: as expressive as he wants to be, with the ability to bend jazz rhythm into abstract art and then steer it back into a groove. But on Monday night, as a bandleader at the Jazz Standard, he was delivering straight-ahead swing rhythm, establishing a secure bed for the improvisers in his group. - New York Times


2011 Yes - Jackson/Goldberg/Avital
2010 Victoria Suite - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2010 Live at Smalls - Ryan Kisor
2010 Leave Your Sleep - Natalie Merchant
2009 Three-Five - Vincent Gardner
2009 From Billie Holiday To Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac - The Wynton Marsalis Quintet
2008 Two Men with the Blues - Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis
2008 Portrait in Seven Shades - Jazz at Lincoln Center
2008 Wheelz Keep Rollin’ - Ali Jackson
2008 Plane, Trane and a Chicken Wing - Wynton Marsalis Quintet
2007 Portrait In Seven Shades - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2007 Congo Square - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
2007 Big Brown Get Down , Volume 1 - Ali Jackson
2007 From The Plantation To The Penitentiary - Wynton Marsalis
2007 Back East - Joshua Redman
2007 Noir Anzic Orchestra with Anat Cohen
2006 Irreplaceable - George Benson
2006 Hurricane Relief - Various Artists (JALCO)
2006 The Ancient Art of Giving - Omer Avital
2006 Ugly Beauty - Antonio Ciacca
2005 Gold Sounds - Jackson/Carter/Chestnut/Veal
2005 Deep Song - Kurt Rosenwinkle
2005 Hands - Kasper Villaume
2004 Magic Hour - Wynton Marsalis Quartet
2004 Into The Blue - Jacky Terrason (Grammy Nominated)
2003 Joined At The Hip - Buster Williams Quartet
2002 Flow - Craig Handy
2001 Reflections in Change - Craig Handy
2000 Blues for the New Millennium - Marcus Roberts
1999 Live at Yoshi’s - Dee Dee Bridgewater
1999 On Location - Michael Heise Trio
1997 Gunn Fu - Russell Gunn
1997 I Got Next - KRS-One
1997 Jazz En Tete - Ali Jackson
1996 Last Chance For Common Sense - Rodney Kendrick
1996 Asking No Permission - The Omer Avital Group



Ali Jackson Jr., world-renowned musician, was born into a supportive family for his early talent with the drums. Ali is a 1993 graduate of World acclaimed High School, Cass Tech. In 1998 he was the recipient of Michigan’s prestigious Artserv “Emerging Artist” award.

As a child, he won numerous recognitions and scholarships, and was selected as the soloist for the “Beacons Of Jazz” concert that honored legend Max Roach at New School University. Having completed his under graduate degree in music composition at the New School University for Contemporary Music, Jackson further enriched his knowledge with private study with master teachers, Elvin Jones and Max Roach. Demonstrating his commitment to education for young people, Jackson has been part of Young Audiences, a program that educates New York City youth about jazz. Ali has performed and recorded extensively with some of the world’s finest musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aretha Franklin, George Benson,
Harry Connick Jr., KRS-1,Marcus Roberts, Cyrus Chestnut, Joshua Redman, Vinx, Seito Kinen Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa, Diana Krall, and the New York City Ballet.

Some of his production talent is featured on George Benson’s 2005 GRP release
“Irreplaceable”. Ali is also featured on the Wynton Marsalis Quartet debut Blue Note recording “The Magic Hour”. In 2004 alongside Kurt Rosenwinkle, Josh Redman, Brad Mehldau and Larry Grenadier completed an extensive tour of Europe concluding with the Rosenwinkle recording “Deep Song” (Verve, 2005). Jackson is a member of the group that features world greats Cyrus Chestnut, Reginald Veal and James Carter. Their collaboration on “Gold Sounds” (Brown Brothers, 2005) demonstrates the transformation of indie alternative rock band “Pavement” covers to unique virtuosic interpretations and performance, with the attitude of the church and juke joint. You can find Jackson featured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis Quintet, Ali Jackson Quartet, or “phenom ensemble” Horns in the Hood.

He has hosted “Jammin with Jackson” a series for young musicians at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Club Coca-Cola. In the midst of the Hurricane Relief efforts Ali donated his time in various benefits including performances for the NBC Hurricane Relief Concert, CNN, and the “Higher Ground Relief Concert” produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Ali was a featured artist on the Jazz at Lincoln Center series honoring the music and musicians of the Detroit jazz
heritage entitled “Motor City Jazz”. He is also the voice of “Duck Ellington” a character in the Penguin book series, “Baby Loves Jazz” which was released summer of 2006.

He is seen and heard in Apple Computers’ iPod Ad campaign (2006) entitled “Sparks”. Over the past couple of years, Ali has appeared with various configurations on television including: Conan O’Brien with the Eldar trio, “The View” with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His playing is also heard in “Bolden”, a film about the beginnings of jazz. Recently, Ali is featured on CD/DVD “Two Men With The Blues”, a Blue Note release with music legends Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson, and also on Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues. Through his continued drive and integrity Ali aspires to bring the essence and legacy of Jazz music to the universe.