The kind of swagger that marks the trumpeter’s work comes in part from his informality, even when the music feels a tad uptight. Marsalis celebrates a big birthday year by stressing his scope, bringing in a tap dancer, a virtuoso fiddler, and a hair-raising gospel outfit to help him blow out the candles. Still, its his band’s collaboration with African drummers that should shoot off the most sparks. Congo Square hits Columbus Circle?
Oct. 12-15, 8 p.m., 2011