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Marcus Strickland`s Twi-Life at Nisville

Marcus Strickland`s Twi-Life at Nisville

American saxophonist Marcus Strickland, one of the leaders of the new American jazz generation, will perform at Nisville 2024 with his band Twi-Life on Saturday, August 17. Strickland has several Grammy nomination, according to polls of Downbeat magazine critics, he was declared the best young soprano saxophonist (2008) and tenor saxophonist (2010), and according to a survey of readers of the magazine “Jazz Times” was declared the best young performer in 2006, and in 2002 he took third place at the prestigious International “Thelonious Monk” competition. The layout of his Twi – Life the quartet consists of Charles Haynes – drums, Mitch Henry – keyboards and Kyle Miles – bass.

Strickland was born in Florida, where he grew up, and as he says, the key figure that influenced him but also his twin brother (also a famous jazz musician, drummer E.J. Strickland) to dive into jazz was their father – a lawyer who played drums in jazz bands as a hobby. The first role models on the saxophone he had were Joe Hemderson, Wayne Shorter and Whit Sidener whose music helped him improve the harmonica knowledge in the context of the saxophone. Even as a teenager, he transcribed the complex performances of greats such as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, and he also points out that he learned a lot about the culture and tradition of playing the saxophone from Branford Marsalis. In 1997, he received a scholarship for studies at The New School for Social Research in New York, where he graduated in jazz performance in 2002. In New York, he started the bands “Jazz Orchestra Ensemble” (with veteran of the legendary publishing house “Blue Note” Charles Toliver) and Blakey Ensemble – co-founded by John Coltrane’s longtime double bassist – Reggie Workman. On the studies, he became friends with colleagues Robert Glasper and Bilal … and as jazz chroniclers say: the new sound began to take on clearer outlines. Bilal introduced him to members of the hip hop group Slum Village and rapper and producer J. Dil. And while the first phase of his jazz career was marked by mastery basic jazz idioms – especially be bop – accompanied by three drummers who marked different phases of jazz: Roy Haynes (2002-2005); Jeff Tain Wats (2004-2013) and Chris Dave (2013-present)…..below is his thinking about music came to the fore in a “very mixed way”, which was present in him since boyhood days. “I have always listened to classical Christian music as well as Afro-American spirituals. They are always there were also Afro-Cuban rhythms, southern rap, and my father constantly played different music: Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, P-Funk”. Markus’ conceptual project and the eponymous band “Twi – Life” is a kind of combination of jazz and hip-hop. Playing with the meaning of the word twilight (Twi – Twilight), he emphasizes the dichotomy as well as the connection between day and night. Through this project, Strickland explains the necessity of artistic extension beyond borders categories or genres. His music video “On my mind” featuring Bilal, MC Pharoahe Monch, along with street dancers “Storyboard P” promoted through the organization “Afropunk” that popularize Black culture and diversity through music and other arts – was declared the best music video at the Festival of independent film in Philadelphia, as well as at the London Music – Video Festival. He published a dozen original albums, and performed and recorded with such names as: McCoy Tyner, Tom Harrell, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Big Band, Dave Douglas, Christian McBride, Jose James, Keyon Harrold, Mos Def… He spends time in between New York and Miami, where he teaches at the department of studio music at the Frost University School of Music Miami.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwb9-5yMFJI Marcus Strickland “On my mind”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqbuAOEI4A8 Marcus Strickland`s Twi Life “Drive”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPKSoHARusk Marcus Strickland Twi-Life live at Blue Note Jazz

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