E.J. Strickland – drums
Jaleel Shaw – alto sax
Tivon Scott Pennicott – tenor & soprano saxes
Luis Perdomo – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Bohemian Caverns
2001 Eleventh Street N.W.
(at corner
of U street),
Washington, D.C. 20001
$20 online, $25 at the door

Drummer, composer, and bandleader E.J. Strickland is most noted for his work with The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, The Marcus Strickland Quartet & Trio, & The Russell Malone Quartet.  He currently leads his own bands The E.J. Strickland Quintet & The E.J. Strickland Project.  His playing has been described as emitting “fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm” (Thomas Conrad, Downbeat Magazine). He attended highschool at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and then The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music for his college years. He found great influences in drummers like Elvin Jones, “Philly” Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, Tony Williams, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Brian Blade, and many, many others.   His discography includes over 30 albums with various recording artists, as well as his long-anticipated debut album In This Day (Strick Muzik), released in 2009.