Marcus Strickland

Marcus Strickland

Tenor and soprano saxophone player, Miami native Marcus Strickland has been active on the jazz scene since the 1990s, playing with artists such as Roy Haynes and Jeff “Tain” Waits.


Marcus Strickland is CEO of his own music label Strick Muzik (launched in 2006) and has released nine solo recordings to date : People of the Sun (2018), Nihil Novi (2016) on Blue Note Records; Triumph of the Heavy, Vol 1 & 2 (2011), Idiosyncrasies (2009), Open Reel Deck (2007), & Twi-Life (2006) on his own music label Strick Muzik ; Of Song (2009) on Criss Cross Records; Brotherhood (2002) & At Last (2001) on Fresh Sound Records.

DownBeat 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. Strickland placed third in the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.

His band and concept project, Twi-Life deals with the connection and intersection between jazz and Hip Hop as inspired by the J Dilla aesthetic of intricacy, “drunk drumming” and tonal nuance. Strickland becomes beat maker, composer as well as saxophonist on these projects.

Photo credit: Petra Richterova