Jazz Concerts and Shows

E.J. Strickland Quintet: CD release party
Wed, Jan 16

One night only at the Jazz Standard, NYC

E.J. Strickland – drums
Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone
Jure Pukl – tenor & soprano saxes
Taber Gable – piano
Ben Williams – bass

Drummer/composer E.J. Strickland’s myriad influences and wide–ranging gig experience form the basis of a remarkable new album, Warriors For Peace. This set of original Strickland compositions reflects the battles for peace, equality, and justice being fought worldwide; it’s dedicated to those who break the silence and stand for righteousness in the face of adversity. Warriors For Peace is another giant step for­ward in the creative career of E.J. Strickland, whose musical path has crossed (on stage and on record) with those of Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, and David Sanchez. “Art Blakey and Max Roach knew how to establish the perfect equilibrium, and…E.J. Strickland finds a similar sweet spot. He plays with just enough solidity to provide his band­mates with a strong foundation, and just enough zest make the whole endeavor shimmer.” (Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat, March 2015)