Marcus Strickland

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Marcus Strickland
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Background information
Born (1979-02-24) 24 February 1979 (age 35)
Gainesville, Florida United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer, CEO, Strick Muzik
Instruments Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Years active 1997 - present
Labels Strick Muzik, Criss Cross, Fresh Sound
Associated acts Jeff "Tain" Watts, Dave Douglas, Ben Williams, E.J. Strickland, Ben Wolfe, Roy Haynes,
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Marcus Strickland (born 1979 in Gainesville, Florida) is a jazz soprano, alto and tenor saxophonist who grew up in Miami, Florida who currently lives in New York. Down Beat Magazine's Critic's Poll named Marcus 'Rising Star on Tenor Saxophone' in '10 and 'Rising Star on Soprano Saxophone' in '08 and JazzTimes Magazine's Reader's Poll named him 'Best New Artist' in '06, he placed third in the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.

The saxophonist also has seven releases as a leader: Triumph of the Heavy, Vol 1 & 2 ('11), Idiosyncrasies ('09), Open Reel Deck ('07), & Twi-Life ('06) on his own music label Strick Muzik (launched in 2006).; Of Song ('09) on Criss Cross Records; Brotherhood ('02) & At Last('01) on Fresh Sound Records.

In addition to his own trio and quartet, Marcus currently plays with Dave Douglas, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and also had a five-year stint with legendary drummer Roy Haynes. Strickland has been on two Grammy-nominated recordings (Fountain of Youth - Roy Haynes & Keystone - Dave Douglas). He considers his father an early inspiration as he had been a drummer in jazz and rhythm and blues, but is now a lawyer. Marcus' identical twin brother E.J. Strickland is a drummer, and is currently a member of Marcus' quartet and leads his own quintet as well.

Select discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • At Last (Fresh Sound, 2001) [1]
  • Brotherhood (Fresh Sound, 2003) [2]
  • Twi-Life (Strick Muzik, 2005) [3]
  • Open Reel Deck (Strick Muzik, 2007) [4]
  • Of Song (Criss Cross, 2009) [5]
  • Idiosyncrasies (Strick Muzik, 2009) [6]
  • Triumph of the Heavy, Vol. 1 & 2 (Strick Muzik, 2011)

As sideman[edit]

With E.J. Strickland

  • In This Day (Strick Muzik, 2009) [7]

With Ben Williams

  • State of Art (Concord, 2011) [8]

With Mike Moreno

  • Between the Lines (World Culture Music, 2007) [9]

With Roy Haynes

  • Fountain of Youth (Dreyfus, 2004) [10]

With Jeff "Tain" Watts

With Dave Douglas Keystone

  • Keystone (Greenleaf Music, 2005) Dave Douglas
  • Keystone: Live in Seden (Greenleaf Music, 2006)Dave Douglas
  • Moonshine (Greenleaf Music, 2007) Dave Douglas
  • Keystone: Live at the Jazz Standard (Greenleaf Music, 2008) Dave Douglas
  • Spark of Being (Greenleaf Music, 2010) Dave Douglas

With Lonnie Plaxico

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