Hello Friends! Hope all is well. I have some nice gigs coming up and I’ve updated my itinerary page so please check it out. We have my annual birthday gig at Trumpets on Sat. Mar. 31, and then the great Bob Mintzer will be joining us for the Berks Jazz Fest Apr 7, and the Baltimore Museum Apr. 8. We’ll be doing a California tour starting at the Sequoia Room in Ft Bragg Apr. 21, The Blue Note in Napa Apr. 25, Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz Apr 26 and the Bakersfield Jazz Fest Apr. 28. The great tenor player Walter Smith III will be joining my trio of Jared Gold and Darrell Green for the last 2 gigs of the tour. Hope to see our California friends!
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
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.”
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