Big band drums and rhythm take center stage when the always thrilling Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to Boston next month! Celebrating the centennial of the great Buddy Rich, the program showcases how expert drummers energize and uplift the audience and the entire band. Rich was a renowned musical powerhouse for most of the 20th century, influencing generations and offering a visceral excitement that few drummers could capture.
Drummer Ali Jackson arranges the music of this legendary drummer in a program that culminates in the Boston premiere of his own Living Grooves: A World in Jazz Rhythm, an extended piece written in the innovative spirit of drum greats like Rich. Jackson himself is well-versed in a spectrum of jazz styles, ranging from the earliest American drum cadences to ragtime, marching bands, West African traditions, Brazilian music, the Detroit jazz tradition, and Afro-Cuban styles. You can check out the powerhouse player in the short video below.
We can’t wait to hear what Jackson has in store for us, and hope you’ll join us at Symphony Hall on Sunday, April 9! Tickets are still available here.