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Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 28 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with 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.” He was recently voted once again into the 2017 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls.
…one of the most joyous feels around. –Pat Metheny
Dave’s new CD “Strykin’ Ahead” is now available on this site. It has stayed on the JazzWeek radio chart for 25 weeks, reaching #3 and was picked as one of the Top CD’s of 2017 in Downbeat and many other lists. His previous CD “Eight Track II” went to #2 on the JazzWeek Radio chart staying on the chart for 20 weeks and received 4 Stars in Downbeat. “Messin’ with Mister T”, available here, 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 stayed in the Top 50 for 20 weeks and received great reviews including 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine.
…one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years. –Village Voice
Most recent blog post
- Dave’s Teaching website has launched at Artistworks.com and upcoming gigs – Hello Friends! Hope all is well. The big news is my teaching website has launched at Artistworks.com. I have put a lot of time into this site and look forward to meeting and working with anyone who wants to learn more about jazz – all levels are welcome. Come by and check it out: http://artistworks.com/join#dave-stryker I’ve updated my itinerary page so please check it out. Here is my summer schedule: May 5 The Django/NYC-7:30pm May 6 SOPAC/So Orange NJ 7pm May 9 INC/New Brunswick NJ 8pm May 16 South/Philly 8pm w/ Mike Clark Trio May 23 Golden Age Guitar Clinic/Westfield NJ 7:30pm June 4 Falcon/Marlboro NY w/ Mike Clark Trio 7pm June 12 Caffe Lena/Saratoga Springs NY w/ Chuck Lamb Quartet 7pm June 15-16 Jambo Cat/Omaha NE 8:00pm June 20 Tavern on George/New Brunswick NJ 8:00pm June 23 Hat City Kitchen/Orange NJ 8:00pm June 25-29 Skidmore Jazz Workshop/Saratoga Springs NY July 1-13 Jamey Aebersold Workshop/Louisville KY July 15-20 Litchfield Jazz Workshop/Litchfield CT July 22-28 Jazz Port Townsend Camp/Centrum Port Townsend WA Aug 4 Newport Jazz Fest w Sara Caswell/ Newport RI Aug 5-10 Samba Meets Jazz Workshop/Bar Harbor ME Aug 24-25 Smalls w Jared Gold Quartet/NYC Lots of exciting news ahead including upcoming releases I produced for Strikezone Records: Jared Gold – “Reemergence” and McClenty Hunter “The Groove Hunter”, so stay tuned…In the meantime my new CD “Strykin’ Ahead” stayed on the JazzWeek radio chart now for 20 weeks, received 4 Stars in Downbeat where it was picked as one of the Top CD’s of 2017. It also was picked Best of 2017 by Huffington Post – Ralph Miriello Cadence Magazine – Larry Hollis Bill Milkowski All About Jazz – C. Andrew Hovan Positive Feedback – Marc Phillips Curt’s Jazz Cafe Strykin’ Ahead is available here NOW on my website on CD and Vinyl(!). It features my quartet playing some new originals and my arrangements of some jazz standards. Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter and Steve Nelson (the same group from Eight Track II) join me once again. “…Overall, the album casts a warm, clear glow, with plenty of cohesive interplay between Stryker, organist Jared Gold, drummer McClenty Hunter, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson. While influenced by many guitarists, Stryker remains true to his own vision. Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell may be touchstones, but Stryker forges his own sound throughout.” 4 Stars Martin Kasdan / Downbeat Nov 2017 BTW this is also my first Vinyl release, so I hope you will check it out if you dig vinyl. It sounds great! You can order it right here on the website along with all of my recordings and my book. Just click Buy CD’s Icon. Also please check out my itinerary page for more info on upcoming gigs.. Hope to see you soon! DS Hope to see you soon- DS