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EJ Strickland & Transient Beings
(Published: May 14, 2017)

Jazz drummer E. J. Strickland and his band "Transient Beings" will perform at Tavern on the Lake in Hightstown on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. Says Thomas Conrad of Downbeat magazine, "Strickland emits fields of energy, clouds of feather touch and heavy hand syncopations, like an oncoming storm."

Playing with Strickland in Hightstown will be Sarah Charles, vocals; Nir Felder, guitar; Tom Guarna, guitar; and Ben Williams, electric bass. "Transient Beings" is known for combining jazz, Afrobeat, hip-hop, funk, fusion and more.

Enoch Jamal Strickland grew up in Miami. His father, jazz enthusiast and percussionist for the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra, immersed E. J. and his twin bother Marcus with music from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, and Jimmy Hendricks. After meeting Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, and Bobby Watson at Miami clinics, the Strickland brothers made their way to New York City to pursue their studies and goals.

In 1997, E.J. attended the New School for Social Research, where he studied piano, polished his skills as a composer, and studied with some of the world's greatest drummers. Before earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance, he had already performed with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Nneenna Freelon, Abbey Lincoln, Christian McBride, and Herbie Hancock.

In addition to "Transient Beings," Strickland is currently a member of Ravi Coltrane's quartet and of his twin brother Marcus Strickland's trio and quartet.

The May 26th concert takes place at Tavern on the Lake, 101 North Main Street in Hightstown, NJ, in the large private nightclub-like upstairs room. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 first set. Drinks and dinner can be purchased. Cost of the concert is $25.

Check out REJS Entertainment's website: rejsjazz.com. REJS is known for featuring acclaimed and upcoming jazz artists. The five REJS partners are Eric Thomas, Rich Jackson, James Freeman, John Floyd, and Jacque Howard. Howard hosts the radio program, "Trenton 365." For more information email: rejsjazz15@gmail.com or musicert5@gmail.com. Phone: 609-469-1228, 609-712-8904, 609-218-2284, 215-669-6594, 856-264-3909, 609-433-0489

More Information: http://www.rejsjazz.com

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