Marcus Strickland

Jazz, Musical Artist

1979 –

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Who is Marcus Strickland?

Marcus Strickland 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, Idiosyncrasies, Open Reel Deck, & Twi-Life on his own music label Strick Muzik.; Of Song on Criss Cross Records; Brotherhood & At Last 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. 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.

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Born
Feb 24, 1979
Gainesville
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  • Strickland, Marcus
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on July 23, 2013

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