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Juneteenth Celebration w/ Saxophone and Drums
Massivemuse Planetary Music

Juneteenth Celebration w/ Saxophone and Drums

East Williamsburg

Fri, June 16, 2023 7:00 PM, EDT

Vaccine policy
COVID vaccination required (honor system)
Testing policy
COVID testing not required
This is an indoor event
Mask policy
Masks are not required
If you feel sick, stay home
Drinking policy
Don't bring your own drinks
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessible
Kid-friendly event

This is a Groupmuse Massivemuse

Epic performances in unexpected spaces.


When legendary vocalist Betty Carter asked saxophonist Mark Shim to join her band for a three month world tour in 1995, he became the first and only saxophonist that the iconic singer would ever utilize for an overseas tour. Remarkably, Shim was only 21 years of age at the time. Since that auspicious debut, Mark Shim has made an impact on the musical world with his unique brand of creativity and inventiveness.

Over the course of his 25-year career, Shim has recorded three albums for the prestigious Blue Note label, including the critically acclaimed Turbulent Flow. He has also had the honor of touring with the great Elvin Jones in the last incarnation of his “Elvin Jones Jazz Machine” band, as well with many other distinguished and influential artists, including Terence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Vijay Iyer.

Born in Jamaica, Shim currently resides in New York, and is a highly sought-after educator and performer.

Drummer Enoch Jamal "E.J." Strickland is the world-class, world-traveled drummer, composer, educator, and artist you've heard on over 60 albums in the last 10-plus years. The Miami native grew up in a creative household, where his dad was a percussionist in the Ft. Lauderdale Orchestra; his twin brother Marcus played the saxophone.

Strickland has built a successful career as a composer, bandleader, educator, and sideman. He's toured, performed, and recorded with some of the greatest names in contemporary music: Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Wynton Marsalis, George Colligan, David Gilmore, Vincent Herring, and Nnenna Freelon, to name a few. As an instructor, he's taught alongside some of the world's best jazz educators: Dave Douglas and Vijay Iyer at the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, Steve Kirby at University of Manitoba, and Earl MacDonald at University of Connecticut.

Fun. Stirring. Uplifting. Intriguing. Kinetic: There are so many moods and meanings enmeshed into E.J. Strickland's music, his myriad influences and ideas crossing and branching out in every direction.

Your ticket will include sweet and savory bites by local Black-owned businesses!
Bakery on Bergen
Ital Kitchen BK

This program is supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

What's the music?

Mark Shim
E. J Strickland Drums

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