On Friday, September 14th, Firehouse 12 opens the Fall 2012 concert series with percussionist E.J. Strickland and his quintet. Strickland is known for his work with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and with his twin brother Marcus Strickland who will also be performing in the quintet.
Strickland's music has been called "wide-ranging, logical, and at times brilliant." (Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz) Nate Chinen of The New York Times noted that Strickland's music "draw[s] on a wealth of references without losing an ounce of clarity or purpose." Thomas Conrad of Downbeat raved that Strickland's drumming is full of "fields of cumlative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm."
E.J. Strickland attended The New World School of the Arts (Miami) for high school, studying classical music as well as jazz. After meeting Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, and Bobby Watson at Miami clinics, the Strickland brothers decided to move to New York City to pursue their studies and goals. He has performed with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Nneenna Freelon, Abbey Lincoln, Christian McBride, Herbie Hancock, Wessell Anderson, and Dianne Reeves. Strickland's long-anticipated debut album In This Day (Strick Muzik) was released in May of 2009, joining over 25 album titles already recorded as a sideman.
Find out more about E.J. Strickland here: http://www.strickmuzik.com/ej_bio.html