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Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 30 CD’s as a leader to date), 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 2019 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls for the 10th time.

…one of the most joyous feels around. –Pat Metheny

Dave’s new CD Eight Track III has been #1 for 6 weeks (!) on the JazzWeek Radio chart and is getting great reviews including 4 Stars in Downbeat. His previous CD “Strykin’ Ahead” 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” 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. *JUST IN: Dave Stryker’s Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method Vol. 3 book is now available here.

…one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years. –Village Voice

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  • Come hear Dave Oct 22 in Baton Rouge, Oct 22-23 in New Orleans celebrating #1 for 6 weeks on JazzWeek Radio chart! 4 stars in DB. Dave’s New Improv book Vol 3 Order now… Hello Friends! Some new items to share:  CD Release Gigs for Eight Track III Oct 22 at Chorum Hall in Baton Rouge LA, Oct 23 at UNO and Oct 24 at Snug Harbor in New Orleans. More info on itinerary page.  Eight Track Christmas is here! We decided to celebrate our #1 status by going back into the studio last June. This is a hip Christmas record and you can order here on the site! Eight Track III has stayed at #1 for the last 6 weeks on the JazzWeek radio chart and received 4 Stars in Downbeat! The other news is Dave Stryker’s Jazz Improvisation Method Vol III is hot off the press. Both are available right here on this site .  “When it comes to ultracool & hip jazz, guitarist Dave Stryker is at the very TOP of the list… what an absolutely fun album. The album opener, “Move on Up“, alone, makes it well worth purchasing the full album. Jared’s organ just KICKS IT OUT on this superb tune! Stevie Wonder’s “Too High” is one of the best performances of the tune I’ve ever heard. The recording is just flawless. I give Dave & his superb players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 out of 5.” Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews Back in April I was a guest with the WDR Big Band in Cologne Germany for a week. My good friend Bob Mintzer arranged and conducted 9 of my songs and we recorded an album, made a live video and played a few gigs. We are working on releasing this great recording next year!  I have a bunch of CD release gigs coming up .. Please check my itinerary page for full listing of gigs. Thanks to the readers and writers who voted me once again into the 2018 Downbeat Readers Poll and Critics Poll. Much Appreciated! My teaching website has launched at 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: My last CD “Strykin’ Ahead” stayed on the JazzWeek radio chart 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 and Curt’s Jazz Cafe. You can order all of my recordings and my book (currently reprinting) right here on the site. 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 Facebook email Twitter

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