Jazz at Lincoln Center
“A central figure within the present wave of dynamic and open-minded post-bop.” – The New York Times Drummer E.J. Strickland treats audiences to a stacked lineup of first-call musicians: alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, pianist Victor Gould, bassist Linda Oh, and E.J.’s identical twin brother, tenor and soprano saxophonist Marcus Strickland. Though E.J. Strickland calls the shots from behind the drum kit, each member is an acclaimed improviser who enjoys an equal share of the spotlight in this group. The quintet plays a dynamic range of straight-ahead jazz and stirring post-bop that is sophisticated and exciting in its execution, while also notably groove-oriented and vamp-heavy, providing a welcome entry point for listeners of varying tastes in jazz. First set with drummer E.J. Strickland, alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, tenor and soprano saxphonist Marcus Strickland, pianist Victor Gould, and bassist Linda Oh. For the second set Strickland is joined by his new project, Transient Beings, with Richie Goods on electric bass, Mark Whitfield and Tom Guarna on electric guitar, and the effected vocals of Sarah Elizabeth Charles.