Five jazz musicians -- two are twin brothers with ties to the Florida Keys -- comprise New York City's E.J. Strickland Quintet, which plays Island Community Church in Islamorada on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
Strickland's drumming has been described as emitting "fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm" by Thomas Conrad in Downbeat Magazine.
The quintet features Strickland on drums, his twin Marcus Strickland on tenor and soprano saxophones, Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Luis Perdomo on piano and Linda Oh on bass.
Strickland was raised in Miami and the Florida Keys. His mother is Vanessa Strickland, a former principal at Plantation Key School. His father, attorney Michael Strickland, is a former percussionist for the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra
In the late 1990s, the Strickland brothers left South Florida for New York City to pursue their music studies and goals. Marcus has played on two Grammy-nominated recordings ("Fountain of Youth" by Roy Haynes and "Keystone" by Dave Douglas), and performed with the Carnegie Hall Big Band, the Mingus Band, the Village Vanguard Band, Milt Jackson Big Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
Oh was born in Malaysia and raised in Perth, Australia. Shaw was brought up in Philadelphia. Perdomo hails from Caracas, Venezuela, and later moved to the Big Apple.
Tickets to the concert at Island Community Church, mile marker 83, are $25 and available online at www.keysice.com or at the door.