Soprano and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland was named "Rising Star, Soprano Saxophone" in DownBeat's 2008 Critics' Poll and "Best New Artist" in the JazzTimes 2006 Readers' Poll. The unique textures and soaring melodies of the versatile saxophonist have graced two Grammy-nominated recordings, (Fountain of Youth, Roy Haynes; Keystone, Dave Douglas). A 2000 alumnus of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, "Marcus Strickland has started to turn heads in the most thriving but most competitive jazz scene on the planet ...his tone: liquid and luminous, yet forceful and exact" (JazzTimes).
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