Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Strickland has done past studies with Patience Higgins, Mike Karn, George Garzone, and Whit Sideman. His twin brother E.J. Strickland plays drums with Marcus. Robert Glasper is Strickland's piano player. Anchoring the music of the Marcus Strickland Quartet is bassist Brandon Owens. Marcus met the young aspiring musicians that make up his quartet while he attended the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music program. He's had apprenticeships with drummer Roy Haynes and bassist Lonnie Plaxico. Since coming to New York City Marcus has shared the stage and recorded with many jazz musicians. He has gained professional and artistic integrity through experiences with The Carnegie Hall Big Band, The Mingus Band, the Village Vangaurd Band, Tom Harrell Big Band, Milt Jackson Big Band, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra & Reggie Workman's African American Legacy Band. Marcus currently plays with the Roy Haynes Quartet, Lonnie Plaxico Group, and Jeff 'Tain' Watts. The saxophonist also participates in an innovative jazz education program led and created by Hans Schuman called Jazz Reach - this project incorporates live music, film and narration to educate students of all ages about the history, presence and future of jazz.
At Last; Brotherhood (2003)