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February 24, 1979 |
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, record producer, CEO, Strick Muzik|
|Labels||Blue Note, Strick Muzik, Criss Cross, Fresh Sound|
|Associated acts||Jeff "Tain" Watts, Dave Douglas, Ben Williams, E.J. Strickland, Ben Wolfe, Roy Haynes|
Marcus Strickland (born February 24, 1979 in Gainesville, Florida, United States) is an American jazz soprano, alto and tenor saxophonist who grew up in Miami, Florida. Down Beat magazine's Critics' Poll named him 'Rising Star on Tenor Saxophone' in 2010 and 'Rising Star on Soprano Saxophone' in 2008. JazzTimes magazine's Reader's Poll named him 'Best New Artist' in 2006. 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 (2011), Idiosyncrasies (2009), Open Reel Deck (2007), & Twi-Life (2006) on his own music label Strick Muzik (launched in 2006); Of Song (2009) on Criss Cross Records; Brotherhood (2002) & At Last (2001) on Fresh Sound Records.
In addition to his own trio and quartet, Strickland has played with Dave Douglas, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and also had a five-year stint with the drummer Roy Haynes. Strickland has been on two Grammy-nominated recordings (including Fountain of Youth - Roy Haynes & Keystone). 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' twin brother E.J. Strickland is a drummer, and is a member of Marcus' quartet and leads his own quintet as well.
- At Last (Fresh Sound, 2001)
- Brotherhood (Fresh Sound, 2003)
- Twi-Life (Strick Muzik, 2005)
- Open Reel Deck (Strick Muzik, 2007)
- Of Song (Criss Cross, 2009)
- Idiosyncrasies (Strick Muzik, 2009)
- Triumph of the Heavy, Vol. 1 & 2 (Strick Muzik, 2011)
- Nihil Novi (Blue Note, 2016)
With E.J. Strickland
- In This Day (Strick Muzik, 2009)
With Ben Williams
- State of Art (Concord, 2011)
- Coming of Age (Concord, 2017)
With Mike Moreno
- Between the Lines (World Culture Music, 2007)
With Roy Haynes
- Fountain of Youth (Dreyfus, 2004)
With Jeff "Tain" Watts
- Detained (Half Note, 2004)
- Folk's Songs (Dark Key Music, 2007)
With Dave Douglas Keystone
- Keystone (Greenleaf Music, 2005)
- Keystone: Live in Seden (Greenleaf Music, 2006)
- Moonshine (Greenleaf Music, 2007)
- Keystone: Live at the Jazz Standard (Greenleaf Music, 2008)
- Spark of Being (Greenleaf Music, 2010)
With Lonnie Plaxico
- Melange (Blue Note, 2001)
- Lonnie Plaxico Live at the 5:01 Jazz Bar (Orchard, 2002)
- Live at the Zinc Bar (Plaxmusic, 2007)
With Bart Tarenskeen
- "The Outer Rim" (B-Art Records, 2013)
- "At Last". Freshsoundrecords.com. 2000-12-18. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "Brotherhood". Freshsoundrecords.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "Marcus Strickland | Twi-Life (2 CDs) | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- "Of Song". Crisscrossjazz.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- "E.J. Strickland | In This Day | CD Baby Music Store". Cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "State of Art". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "Jazz Guitarist/Composer". Mike Moreno. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
- "Fountain Of Youth". Disques Dreyfus. Retrieved 2016-06-04.