E.J. Strickland

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02/29/2020
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E.J. Strickland Quartet
02/28/2020
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E.J. Strickland Quartet
09/11/2019
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Flavio Silva Quintet
09/05/2019
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David Gilmore Quintet
07/13/2019
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E.J. Strickland Quintet plus Aimee Allen
07/12/2019
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E.J. Strickland Quintet plus Aimee Allen
06/02/2019
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Marianne Solivan Quintet
03/01/2019
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Corey Wallace DUBtet "After-hours"
01/05/2019
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David Weiss Sextet
01/05/2019
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George Colligan Quintet
01/04/2019
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David Weiss Sextet
01/04/2019
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George Colligan Quintet
12/22/2018
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Robin Eubanks Quartet
12/21/2018
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Robin Eubanks Quartet
12/09/2018
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Marianne Solivan Quartet
10/18/2018
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SmallsLIVE Collective
08/28/2018
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Miki Yamanaka & Adi Meyerson "Polite Jam Session"
08/15/2018
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Lauren Sevian's LSQ
07/13/2018
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The Tom Guarna Aggregate
03/03/2018
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Danny Grissett, Yasushi Nakamura & E.J. Strickland
03/02/2018
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Danny Grissett, Yasushi Nakamura & E.J. Strickland
02/17/2018
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David Weiss Sextet
02/16/2018
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David Weiss Sextet
02/03/2018
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Taber Gable "After-hours"
12/08/2017
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David Gilmore Quintet
09/16/2017
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E.J. Strickland & Transient Beings
09/15/2017
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
08/29/2017
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Miki Yamanaka & Adi Meyerson "Polite Jam Session"
08/26/2017
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The Eddie Allen Quintet
08/19/2017
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The E.J. Strickland Trio
08/17/2017
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The Josh Ginsburg Quartet
06/14/2017
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The Nitai Hershkovits Quartet
03/27/2017
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The Manuel Valera Trio
01/06/2017
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The Tom Guarna Trio
12/03/2016
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The Fabio Morgera Group
08/27/2016
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The David Weiss Sextet
08/26/2016
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The David Weiss Sextet
03/05/2016
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The Michael Olatuja Quintet
03/04/2016
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The Michael Olatuja Quintet
03/02/2016
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The Troy Roberts Quartet
01/14/2016
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The Sharel Cassity Quintet
01/13/2016
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The Sharel Cassity Quintet
09/09/2015
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The Victor Gould Sextet
08/10/2015
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Michael Olatuja & The Promise Ensemble
08/06/2015
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The Troy Robert's Quartet
05/02/2015
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E.J. Strickland's "Transient Beings"
05/01/2015
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E.J. Strickland's "Transient Beings"
01/31/2015
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The Victor Gould Sextet
01/30/2015
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The Victor Gould Sextet
01/05/2015
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The Manuel Valera Trio
10/25/2014
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E.J. Strickland Quintet
10/24/2014
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
08/11/2014
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The Tom Guarna Quartet
07/28/2014
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Carol Morgan & Retroactive
07/26/2014
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The Mike Rodriguez Quintet
07/25/2014
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The Mike Rodriguez Quintet
07/21/2014
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The Sharel Cassity Quintet
03/20/2014
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The Gregg August Group
12/04/2013
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The David Weiss Sextet
11/16/2013
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Fabio Morgera's "BRASSECT"
09/16/2013
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The Carol Morgan Quartet
08/10/2013
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The Michael Dease Quintet
08/09/2013
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The Michael Dease Quintet
07/27/2013
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The Stafford Hunter Quintet
07/26/2013
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The Stafford Hunter Quintet
07/13/2013
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The George Colligan Quintet
07/12/2013
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The George Colligan Quintet
04/04/2013
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
04/03/2013
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
03/30/2013
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The Marcus Strickland Quartet
03/29/2013
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The Marcus Strickland Quartet
03/21/2013
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The Sharel Cassity Group
12/11/2012
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The Sharel Cassity Group
12/04/2012
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Smalls Legacy Band
10/27/2012
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The Jimmy Greene Quartet
10/26/2012
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The Jimmy Greene Quartet
10/09/2012
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The Luis Perdomo Group
10/02/2012
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Frank Lacy, Josh Evans & Theo Hill
09/27/2012
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The Festival Of New Trumpet Music
08/25/2012
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The David Weiss Sextet
08/24/2012
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The David Weiss Sextet
08/11/2012
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
08/10/2012
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
07/07/2012
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The George Colligan Group
07/06/2012
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The George Colligan Quintet
05/26/2012
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The Sam Newsome Quartet
05/25/2012
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The Sam Newsome Quartet
01/14/2012
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The Jaleel Shaw Quartet
01/13/2012
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The Jaleel Shaw Quartet
11/10/2011
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The Marcus Strickland Quartet
10/08/2011
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The Sam Newsome Quartet
10/07/2011
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The Sam Newsome Quartet
09/07/2011
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The Gregg August Quartet
08/20/2011
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The David Weiss Quintet
03/17/2011
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The Gregg August Quartet
03/15/2011
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The Theo Hill Trio
11/10/2010
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The George Colligan Trio
09/15/2010
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The Theo Hill Trio
06/19/2010
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
06/18/2010
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
05/05/2010
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The George Colligan Trio
04/25/2009
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
04/24/2009
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The E.J. Strickland Quintet
11/28/2008
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The Marcus Strickland Group
07/31/2008
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The Fabio Morgera Quintet
04/23/2008
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The George Colligan Trio
04/19/2008
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The Strickland Brothers
04/18/2008
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The Strickland Brothers
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Enoch Jamal “E.J.” Strickland is the world-class, world-traveled drummer, composer, educator, and artist you’ve heard on over 60 albums in the last 10-plus years. The Miami native grew up in a creative household, where his dad was a percussionist in the Ft. Lauderdale Orchestra; his twin brother Marcus played the saxophone; and where E.J. beat on pots, pans, and tables until he finally got his hands on the drums. He was only in middle school, yet E.J. knew then that jazz was his calling.   Where does one go as a young jazz musician, serious about the work? New York City, of course. Like so many talented artists before him, E.J. chose the New School to further his jazz education, a course of study that would introduce him to greater technical ability, but really, to the meat of any jazz program: teachers and peers. Reggie Workman. Buster Williams. Billy Harper—just to name a few of the living legend, caring instructors who guided E.J. during his tenure. And the peers? Friends who would spend almost every moment together, growing as young musicians and future leaders of the sound: Mike Moreno, Robert Glasper, Brandon Owens, and Marcus Baylor. Together, they formed a group that would shape their voices, and establish their careers.   E.J. quickly graduated into New York’s gigging jazz scene, playing early on with Russell Malone and Ravi Coltrane. Both artists proved to be big brother types for E.J., gently guiding him as he established his voice. “Russell really stressed the point that as a drummer, you’re supposed to make the music feel good,” he says. “I always try to remember what he instilled in me.” Ravi Coltrane lent a similar kind of open-ended guidance, telling E.J. to simply “find something” in the music. Just what that would be was up to him.   Since then, Strickland has built a successful career as a composer, bandleader, educator, and sideman. He’s toured, performed, and recorded with some of the greatest names in contemporary music: Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Wynton Marsalis, George Colligan, David Gilmore, Vincent Herring, and Nnenna Freelon, to name a few. As an instructor, he’s taught alongside some of the world’s best jazz educators: Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer at the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, Steve Kirby at University of Manitoba, and Earl MacDonald at University of Connecticut.   As a leader, he’s released two albums: 2009’s In This Day featuring Marcus Strickland, Jaleel Shaw, Luis Perdomo, and Hans Glawischnig in a blend of musical settings. His most recent release, The Undying Spirit “positively glows…its success comes largely from the leader’s ability to inspire the best in his fellow musicians,” says Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat Magazine. Nick Bewsey in Icon Magazine calls E.J. “an artist with a clear and sensible vision: that a drummer-led jazz record should give listeners an opportunity to get their groove on.”   Variety—of influence and interest—might be the key word for E.J. in his creative approach. He studied both classical and Latin percussion, working early on with the great Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa. “Growing up, we listened to all kinds of music in the house,” he says. “Miles, Stevie; just good music.” He’s applied his wide-ranging tastes to the artists he plays with today: funk and fusion with pianist Manuel Valera’s Groove Square; Latin jazz with tenor player David Sanchez; soul and R&B with harpist Brandee Younger; straight-ahead with alto player Sharel Cassity.   In 2015, E.J. brings his eclecticism to a new group, Transient Beings. Founded in the spirit of the present moment, Transient Beings celebrates the one thing we all share: limited time on Earth. With insightful and uplifting lyrics, and a unique instrumentation—vocals and effects by Sarah Elizabeth Charles, two guitarists, Nir Felder and Tom Guarna, Rashaan Carter on electric bass, and Strickland pulsing throughout—he hopes to unite his listeners through funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat, and fusion, pairing the complexity of jazz solos with the textured guitar sounds of rock.   The openness that E.J. brings to his creative work is the same trait that makes him a successful educator. A private teacher, coach, master class and clinic instructor, he focuses on the individual student, their personality and interests, in order to best guide them. “I never tell them, You have to do this, or that. I try to show them that music is a wide, wide world of possibility. And I try to make it fun. I always try to remember that music is fun.”   Fun. Stirring. Uplifting. Intriguing. Kinetic: There are so many moods and meanings enmeshed into E.J. Strickland’s music, his myriad influences and ideas crossing and branching out in every direction. He reminds us: “You’re not going to hear a traditional jazz drummer. You’re going to hear someone who’s drawing from many different styles, many different approaches. That’s what my true voice is.” Enoch Jamal “E.J.” Strickland is the world-class, world-traveled drummer, composer, and bandleader you’ve heard on over 60 albums for over 10 years. The Miami native and twin brother of saxophonist Marcus Strickland is a pillar of the New York jazz scene, having lent his eclectic sound to albums by Ravi Coltrane, Russell Malone, and others.   Influenced by Latin, Afro-beat, hip-hop, and tribal music, he’s a multifaceted performer and composer, none so apparent as on In This Day, his debut album. Featuring the E.J. Strickland Quintet, the album is deepened in tone and texture by its guest appearances: from its traditional horn players, to the unique choices of harpist, hand percussionists, and spoken word poet.     Armed with the power and complexity of his sound, E.J. Strickland continues to clear a path for himself in the jazz world, and beyond—a path that can only grow wider in the years to come. Weblinks: www.ejstricklandmusic.com