Fellow guitar legend Pat Metheny says, "I have followed Dave Stryker's playing since his early days in Omaha through his long stay with Stanley Turrentine and his longstanding relationship with the great alto player Steve Slagle (another undersung heavy out there) and he just gets better and better with one of the most joyous feels around."
Tickets: $30 online, $35 phone reservation/door.This concert is made possible by support from the Chuck Redd Fund.
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 26 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with legends such as Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” Dave’s new CD “Messin’ with Mister T”, is a celebration of the man he worked with for over a decade -- Stanley Turrentine, “Mister T” -- with ten of the greatest tenor sax players on the scene today. It went to #1 on JazzWeek Radio and and received a review of 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine. Downbeat picked his previous album “Eight Track,” as one of the Top CD’s of 2014, ran a feature article in the June 2014 issue on Dave, continued his streak in the Downbeat Critics and Readers Poll .
Dave is a straight ahead jazz guitarist in the tradition of such greats as Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and George Benson. With a distinct sense of swing and the blues underpinning all of his music, fans of soulful jazz guitar with a modern bent will never be disappointed at a Dave Stryker show.
Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. After establishing himself in the local music scene, he joined organist Jack McDuff’s group for two years 1984-85. When McDuff wasn’t on the road they worked a steady four-night a week gig in Harlem. His ?rst break, this turned out to be an invaluable experience, paying his dues night after night. It was on this gig that Stryker met tenor saxophone legend Stanley Turrentine. After leaving McDuff, Turrentine asked Stryker to join his quintet. Throughout the 80’s and 90;’s he played with the legendary saxophonist at all the major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world. With Turrentine, Stryker was able to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. Dave continued to work with Stanley and was with him during his ?nal week at the Blue Note in NYC, when he passed in Sept. 2000.
Early on Stryker realized that as much as he loved playing standards and the jazz repertoire he had to have something of his own to give to the music. He feels that his writing combined with his playing is what shapes his musical expression. He has recorded and published over 150 of his own compositions and has released The Dave Stryker Songbook with most of his original music. Also 18 of the compositions are compiled in the book: “The Music of Dave Stryker”. Some of the other artists who have recorded his music are: Stanley Turrentine, Kevin Mahogany, Victor Lewis, and Steve Slagle. Dave continues to perform with The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, his Blue to the Bone Band, and The Stryker / Slagle Band. Recent gigs for The Stryker / Slagle Band have included a recent week at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Blue Note in Las Vegas, and The Jazz Bakery in LA.