The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was first presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston in October 1992, and has appeared on the series thirteen times since, most recently in November 2015. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis made his debut on the Series as featured soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in March 1987 and has also been presented as headliner with septet (November 1993), quartet (April 2004), and sextet (October 2005). He also performed with his father, Ellis, and brothers Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason on a program billed as “Ellis Marsalis & Sons” in March 2003.


Drummer Ali Jackson will propel the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a virtuosic display of big band drums and rhythm. Jackson will arrange the music of Buddy Rich, an innovative big band genius who would have turned 100 this year. Rich was a renowned musical powerhouse for most of the 20th century, influencing generations and offering a visceral excitement that few drummers could capture. For the program’s second half, audiences will witness the Boston premiere of Jackson’s Living Grooves: A World in Jazz Rhythm, an extended piece written in the innovative spirit of drum greats like Rich.


Celebrity Series of Boston will present Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in their program Buddy Rich Centennial: Celebrating the Jazz Drum on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 5pm at Symphony Hall. Tickets start at $35, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at Symphony Hall’s Hall Box Office, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.