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The best kept secret in music



"A funky sublime rare groove experience with Arnold Strickland's trio. This group is as tight and sweet as it gets" - The Village Voice New York City


* Jazz legend Beaver Harris- "360 Degree Trio Live in New York" featuring Roy Hargrove, Guitarist BT Records 1993
* Fade to Vision "Fade to Vision" Black Rock Coalition Producer, Independent release 1997
*Arnold Strickland Trio "Live at Soha" SoulJazz Guitar/Hammond B3 Organ/Drums group, Independent release 2000
*STRICK-9 "From the Fire" Independent release 2003
* Grammy winner and Reggae legend Burning Spear on "Columbus" (remake, single) Guitarist, Island Def Jam 2005
*STRICK-9 "Invasion of the Booty Snatchers" Independent release Demo 2005.
* Rodney Kendricks Group "Protest" featuring Wu Tang Clan, Verve scheduled 2006 release


Feeling a bit camera shy


Emerging on the NYC Jazz scene, Avante Guarde Jazz Rock Guitarist, Arnold Strickland aka STRICK-9 is making a name for himself as a young talent to be reckoned with.

This native of St Louis got his first guitar at the age of 6. His early influences were Jimi Hendrix, Keith Jarrett and John Coltrane. Arnold attended St Louis Conservatory of Classical Music where he studied classical guitar. Arnold perform solo Classical guitar around the Midwest area.

After 3 years at St Louis Conservatory, Arnold was accepted to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, Arnold met musicians from every corner of the Planet, and had access to the most advanced concepts of Jazz arranging and improvisation.

During his second year at Berklee, Arnold got the chance to play with Ramsey Lewis. This World renowned musician took him under his wing and gave him insight and direction.
While at Berklee, Arnold continued to tour and gig with his college peers like Roy Hargrove and Delfeyo Marsalis. After his 4 year stay at Berklee, Arnold moved to NewYork City to pursue his musical career.

Arnold beagn his New York career by being grabbed by one of the greatest drummers in Jazz history, Beaver Harris, one of the true father's of Avante Guarde drums. Beaver joined the Arnold Strickland Trio and they began to work the NYC Jazz scene.

Arnold was also chosen as the house guitarist for the world famous Bluenote Jazz Club in NYC, where he beat out all the competition and was honored to play with the absolute, best in Jazz and share the same stage with Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, BB King, Philly Joe Jones and many others. The house band also featured "young lions" and Jazz stars Cody and Charnet Moffett, Ravi Coltrane and Kenny Drew Jr.

Arnold also mentored with one of the Jazz guitar greats, Melvin Sparks, the father of Acid/Soul jazz guitar.

Arnold skills as a guitarist are extraordinary. Arnold is known for his cutting edge style and has been referred to as a "Hendrix Blood Ulmer Funk Vibe with Bebop lines".

In 2001, Arnold forms a new project called STRICK9, a seriously new cutting edge group that features young jazz luminaries Nasheet Waits and Greg Lewis. This group will release their 3rd independent CD, late 2006!

In 2002, Arnold performs with Producer and Jazz piano great Marcus Johnson for a live radio performance broadcasted at Sirius Satellite Radio at Rockefeller Center in New York City, a performance hear around the world!

In 2003, Arnold performs at "Summer Stage" in the meadow of NYC's Cenral Park with the headline group "Nu Afrika Project" that features the actor/singer "Leon" and Grammy winner Num Amen Ra, for an estimated 60,000 people!

In 2004, Arnold performed his cutting edge style of guitar based computer loop/sample music in collabration with one of Italy's most famous Hip Hop DJ's, Fabio Marzo as part of their well received European Hip Hop tour!

In 2005, Arnold recorded with Grammy winning Reggae Artist, Burning Spear and is featured on the upcoming 2006 re-release of Spear's classic "Columbus".

In May 2006 Arnold recorded at Clive Davis Studio in NYC with members of Wu Tang Clan, Rhonda Ross and Producer, Jazz great Rodney Kendricks on a soon to be releaed CD!

Collabrative Producer with Universal Music Group's Producer Billie Gean, who produced Hip Hop beats for DL4 "That Laffy Taffy" 2006 now a huge hit all over the airwaves, The Dipolmats aka Dip Set, late 2006 release. Stay tuned for new Hip Hop beats produced by BJAS!

Stay tuned for the Rodney Kendricks/Arnold Strickland project coming late 2006! Besides being one of jazz music's piano greats with 6 major label releases under his belt, Rodney also produced hits for Wu Tang Clan, Buster Rhymes, Fat Joe and Abby Lincoln.

Arnold has played, performed or recorded with Beaver Harris, Burning Spear, Ramsey Lewis, Roy Hargrove, Wu Tang Clan, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Rodney Kendricks, Leon, James Carter, Marcus Johnson, Dwayne Burno, Antonio Hart, Dion Parsons, Kenny Drew Jr, Curtis Fuller, Antonio Hart, Stanley Jordan, Greg Hutchington, Num Amen Ra, Ravi Coltrane, George Benson, Reuben Wilson, DJ Fabio Marzo, TimboKing of Black Market, Charles Moffett, Marc Cary, Kenji Hino, Rhonda Ross, Russel Malone, Eric Lewis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Nasheet Waits and many, many others.

Teaching experience
Private lessons Hunter College, New York City 1991 to 1992
Private lessons Harlem School of the Arts, New York City (substitute instructor)
Faculty member Shakespeare's Workshop, New York City, 1997 to 1998
Private lessons Pan Music Studio - The Music Building, New York City 1998 to 2003
Professor of Jazz and Rock Guitar Studies
Calderone School of Music, New Jersey
Private guitar lessons Boston MA, New York City, 1988 to present

In addition to a strong professional performance, theoretical and conceptual background, Arnold's teachings emphasizes composition, melodic develop