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Dave Stryker 4tet at Chris’ in Philly Sat Feb 20 w Chris Potter!

Happy 2016 to everyone. The Big News is that The Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded CD “Routes” is now available right here on this site. (You can also get it on Itunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.) JUST IN: Dave Stryker Quartet w/Chris Potter, Jared Gold and Byron Landham Sat Feb 20th at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philly, don’t miss this one! Feb 24 Dave Stryker Trio at Bar Next Door NYC w/ Jared Gold and Mike Clark. Here is a cool video my son Matt Stryker made of the making of Routes: Last year was pretty amazing. Thanks for a great year! Messin’ with Mister T made 2015 Best of the Year lists in: Downbeat 4.5 Stars JazzTimes JazzWeek Radio #7 for 2015 Huffington Post-Ralph Miriello Cadence Magazine NPR Jazz Critics Poll WBGO Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes Ken Irwin Taintradio.org Tom Ineck KZUM Bob McWilliams Kansas Public Radio Michael Coyle WRCU Dave May WHFC Jay Greene WDCB CJ Shearn Jazz Views Lots of cool gigs coming up please check my itinerary page to see where I’ll be playing, and hope to see you soon! DS

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“Messin’ With Mister T” makes best of 2015 in Downbeat

Hello friends: Just was in the studio recording a special project with the Stryker / Slagle Band Expanded to be called “Routes” on Strikezone Records. It tells Steve’s and my journey so far and the Routes we took to get here. We’ve been playing together for 30 years now and this recording is going to be special with new music and great Slagle arrangements for 4 horns! Look for it in early 2016… THIS JUST IN: “Messin’ with Mister T” picked as a Top Jazz Album of 2015 in Downbeat magazine, Critics and Readers Polls. I also made it into the guitar category in both polls. Thanks to Downbeat readers. It also is in the first round for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo – Pieces of Dreams (Dave Stryker – soloist). For your consideration NARAS voters. “Messin’ with Mister T” made #1 on JazzWeek Radio chart and has been on the charts now for over 20 weeks. It’s also gotten great reviews in Downbeat (4 1/2 Stars), Jazz Times, Jazziz, Hot House and many others. You can order it right here on the site or download it at CD Baby Please check my itinerary page for my upcoming gigs. All the best and hope to see you soon! DS Here are some more nice recent quotes: “Messin’ With Mr. T” is an overdue, joyous homage to a master… One of the most satisfying records of the year. 4-1/2 Stars –Allen Morrison, DownBeat May 2015 Like Turrentine, Stryker is a perfect combination of accessible grooves, melodic expression, blues feeling and soul… Gospel-like joy throughout. –Owen Cordle, JazzTimes May 2015 Stryker’s multi-hued playing becomes a combustible force, a link to the blues of McDuff and Turrentine for sure, but also representing the state of the art in jazz guitar evolution… His playing is consummately beautiful, his choice of notes, Wes Montgomery -styled chordal runs, point-perfect solos and serious swing a joy framed by his well-chosen company. Surging through Stryker’s assorted gifts is his unique strength – a rock-bottom groove rare amid today’s jazz complexity sweepstakes. –Ken Micallef, New York City Jazz Record May 2015 …Reflects the solid mainstream – modern style and emotionally forthright commitment that has been a hallmark of Stryker’s playing for well over three decades. All ten guests seem inspired by the spirit of Mister T, playing with a direct, visceral feel for the material to produce what is one of the best recent all-star tribute albums. –George Kanzler, Hot House May 2015 One of the best of the year, you can quote me. –Bob Porter, WBGO Portraits in Blue

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Messin’ with Mister T #1 on JazzWeek Radio 4 1/2 Stars in Downbeat –

Hello friends I’m just back from a week at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland with the Brazilian Trio (Helio Alves, Nilson Matta, Duduka Da Fonseca) plus Anat Cohen and Brian Lynch. We had a ball. Please check out my itinerary page for upcoming gigs. Great news: my new CD “Messin’ with Mister T” made #1 on JazzWeek Radio chart and has been in the Top 10 for 10 weeks. It’s also gotten great reviews in Downbeat (4.5 Stars), Jazz Times, Jazziz, Hot House and many others. You can order it right here on the site, download it at CD Baby, or order it from Amazon. All the best and hope to see you at Trumpets May 30th! DS Here are some more nice recent quotes: “Messin’ With Mr. T” is an overdue, joyous homage to a master… One of the most satisfying records of the year.” 4-1/2 Stars —-Allen Morrison, DownBeat May 2015 Like Turrentine, Stryker is a perfect combination of accessible grooves, melodic expression, blues feeling and soul… Gospel-like joy throughout. –Owen Cordle, JazzTimes May 2015 Stryker’s multi-hued playing becomes a combustible force, a link to the blues of McDuff and Turrentine for sure, but also representing the state of the art in jazz guitar evolution… His playing is consummately beautiful, his choice of notes, Wes Montgomery-styled chordal runs, point-perfect solos and serious swing a joy framed by his well-chosen company. Surging through Stryker’s assorted gifts is his unique strength — a rock-bottom groove rare amid today’s jazz complexity sweepstakes. –Ken Micallef, New York City Jazz Record May 20105 …Reflects the solid mainstream – modern style and emotionally forthright commitment that has been a hallmark of Stryker’s playing for well over three decades. All ten guests seem inspired by the spirit of Mister T, playing with a direct, visceral feel for the material to produce what is one of the best recent all-star tribute albums. –George Kanzler, Hot House May 2015 One of the best of the year, you can quote me. –Bob Porter, WBGO Portraits in Blue  

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Messin’ with Mister T has arrived!

Hello Friends! My new CD “Messin’ with Mister T” has arrived and you can get it here on this site before it’s official release date of April 7th! It features 10 tenor greats along with my organ trio playing the music of Stanley Turrentine (who I played with for 10 years). I’m really happy with this album and can’t wait for you to hear it. Just click on the right… You can also download or order it here at CD Baby: Here is the first review from the Midwest Jazz Record: DAVE STRYKER/Messin’ With Mister T Guitar man Stryker does it again. Having toured with Stanley Turrentine for a decade, he didn’t just pull this tribute to Turrentine out of his hat thinking it might be a good idea. Augmenting his organ trio, which already has Jared Gold on B3, with ten killer sax men, each getting a chance t o step up to the mic, you have his give Stryker a load of credit for nothing else than writing the checks to pull this off. Loaded with one smoking track after another, this set leaves you wondering why nobody at the major labels is playing attention to the hot bed of creativity going on in jazz. Hot stuff that just doesn’t quit. Sheesh, what better way to kick off a record than with Jared Gold and Houston Person working up a sweat? CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Midwest Jazz Record Also I will be playing at Trumpets Sat Mar 28th for my Birthday celebration – 8 and 10 pm with Monte Croft, Kyle Koehler, and Steve Johns (and possible guest tenor — we might preview some of the new CD!) Hope to see you there – all the best and stay warm… DS

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Happy 2015 from Dave! 8 Track Top Picks for 2014 and upcoming gigs

Hello Friends – Happy New Year to you and thanks for visiting my site. I’m very happy and grateful that so many folks have dug my CD “Eight Track” this year: Picked as one of the Top Jazz Albums in the 2014 Downbeat Readers Poll #9 Most Played for 2014 on JazzWeek Radio chart Best of 2014 by WBGO Newark NJ #3 for 2014 on Sirius XM Real Jazz Best of the Year on: KIOS Omaha NE, WMUA Greenfield MA, KANU Univ of Kansas, KMUW Wichita KA, J Hunter-Nippertown.com, Curt’s Cafe Noir www.curtjazz.com, C. Michael Bailey/ All About Jazz, Larry Reni Thomas ejazznews.com I just finished recording my follow-up to Eight Track and watch for it in March of 2015! It is a tribute to Stanley Turrentine (who I had the pleasure of working with for 10 years) and features an all-star cast of Tenor sax heavyweights! more to follow…… I will be at Mohonk Jazz Festival Jan 16-19, Bears Place in Bloomington IN Jan 22, The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis Jan 23, The Tucson Jazz Festival Jan 25 and the Hyatt in New Brunswick NJ Jan 28…that’s quite a week! please check my itinerary page for more info and hope to see you soon – DS

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Merry Christmas! Dave at Trumpets Dec 26 / Birdland Jan 8 and 8 Track #9 for JazzWeek Radio 2014

Hello Friends – Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please come celebrate at Trumpets this Friday Dec 26 for my annual Day after Christmas gig w/ Mike Lee, Jared Gold and Steve Johns. JazzWeek Radio charts just announced that Eight Track was #9 for the year 2014! Come hear us play the music at Birdland on Jan 8th with Monte Croft, Jared Gold and McClenty Hunter. Check out itinerary page for more details….all the best! DS

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Eight Track #1 Most Played CD on WBGO for 2014!

Hello Friends Hope you’re having a great Fall. Gary Walker announced the band with that line the other night at the OSPAC Jazz Festival. I’m so happy people are enjoying this music, it seems to have struck a chord with many folks. I have some nice gigs coming up at the end of the month: Friday Oct 31st at Trumpets in Montclair NJ Sat Nov 1st at Chris’s Jazz Cafe in Philly Sun Nov 2nd at the LUNA Stage in West Orange NJ more info available on my Itinerary Page. To order Eight Track just clink on the link to the right thanks and hope to see you soon – DS

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Dave Stryker Quartet w/ Steve Nelson at Trumpets Sat 9/27 and The Falcon 9/28

Hello Friends – I’ll be playing 2 great gigs coming up: Sat Sept 27 at Trumpets and the next night Sun at The Falcon in Marlboro NY. The band will be Jared Gold on organ, McClenty Hunter on drums and special guest Steve Nelson on vibes. Hope to see you there! -DS

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Dave Stryker Trio at Lucilles (BB Kings) this Wed Sept 10th

Hello friends Hope you had a great summer! Mine was great, alot of playing, teaching at workshops, and a real vacation (Ireland) too….Lots of great stuff coming up: This Wed sept 10th at Lucilles in NYC – DS Trio Sat Sept 20 at OSPAC in West Orange NJ – DS Trio w/ Steve Nelson Sat Sept 27 at Trumpets in Montclair NJ – DS Trio w/ Steve Nelson Sun Sept 28 at The Falcon in Marlboro NY – DS Trio w/ Steve Nelson Hope to see you soon! all the best DS

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Dave appearing at Vail Jazz Party this weekend, Bears in Bloomington IN next Thur

Hello friends I hope you had a great summer. Mine was good with lots of gigs and workshops and a vacation to Ireland, which was beautiful. I’ll be at the Vail Jazz Party this weekend with lots of great people and then off to start my first week of the year at Indiana University. I’ll be playing with my Blue to the Bone Band at Bears in Bloomington IN next Thur Sept 4th. Please check out my itinerary page for all upcoming gig info and check out my CD page to order Eight Track and all my CD’s. Thanks DS

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