Dave Stryker

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Check out Pat Metheny's endorsement of Dave on his Pat Recommends section of his website:
"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." - Pat Metheny

Whether you've heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 20 CD's as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and more recently Kevin Mahogany, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him "one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years." He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star in the 2001,2004, 2006 and 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. His recent CD's are "Big City" and "The Chaser"(Mel Bay Records) and "Strike up the Band" (SteepleChase). "Big City" was voted one of the top CD's of 2005 (4 stars) in Downbeat and reached the Top Ten on the Jazzweek radio charts for 13 weeks. His first DVD "Dave Stryker Organ Trio Live" has just been released.

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 (literally traveling by van all over the country) they worked a steady four-night a week gig at Dude's Lounge in Harlem. His first break, this turned out to be an invaluable experience, paying his dues night after night with the soulful jazz organist.

It was at Dude's Lounge that Stryker met tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, who would occasionally sit in. After leaving McDuff, Turrentine asked Stryker to join his quintet. From 1986-1995 he played with the legendary saxophonist at all the major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world. He is featured on two Turrentine CD's (Stanley recorded Stryker's tune "Sidesteppin"). With Turrentine, Stryker was able to play with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. The ten years playing alongside the tenor legend helped Stryker realize the importance of having his own sound. Dave continued to work with Stanley and was with him during his final 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 130 of his own compositions. Eighteen of those compositions (from the first five SteepleChase CD's) are compiled in the book : The Music of Dave Stryker (SteepleChase Music) which can be ordered on this website. 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 his working unit The Stryker / Slagle Band as well as his other projects: The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, and The Blue to the Bone 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, The Jazz Bakery in LA, and a 2003 tour of Japan.

Recent sideman work has included vocalist Kevin Mahogany's group, with Dave writing and arranging music for Kevin's latest Telarc release Pride and Joy and Another Time, Another Place on Warner Bros and tours of Europe, Japan, Brazil, Poland and Carnegie Hall. He also has worked with Blue Note saxophonist Javon Jackson and pianist Eliane Elias. He has appeared on over 50 CD's as a sideman.

As a producer, Stryker compiled the CD The Guitar Artistry of Billy Rogers which is the only existing record of the brilliant jazz playing of the late underground legend who was his friend, former teacher and member of the Crusaders. He has also produced "A Tribute to Grant Green" on Evidence Music. Dave is also involved in teaching both privately and at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, the Outreach Jazz Workshop in Austria, and the Litchfield Jazz Fest Summer Music School. His book "Dave Stryker's Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method" is available from Mel Bay Publishing.

Dave Stryker Discography

As a leader:
First Strike (1988) Someday 1011 (Japanese)
Strikezone (1990) SteepleChase 31277
Guitar on Top (1991 Ken 019) Strikezone Records 8805
Passage (1991) SteepleChase 31330
Blue Degrees's (1992) SteepleChase 31315
Full Moon (1993) SteepleChase 31345
Stardust (1994) SteepleChase 31362
Nomad (1994) SteepleChase 31371
The Greeting (1995) SteepleChase 31387
Blue to the Bone (1996) SteepleChase 31400
Big Room (1996) SteepleChase 31426
All the Way (1997) SteepleChase 31455
Blue to the Bone II (1998) SteepleChase 31465
Shades of Miles (1998) SteepleChase 31480
Changing Times (1999) SteepleChase 31510
Blue to the Bone III (2001) SteepleChase 31524
Shades Beyond (2001) SteepleChase 31559
Strike up the Band (2003) SteepleChase 31637
Big City (2004) Mel Bay Records MB06562CD
The Chaser (2005) Mel Bay Records MB10212CD
Dave Stryker Organ Trio Live (2007) DVD Strikezone Records 8807
Six String Santa (1996) Strikezone Records 8806
Open Road (2001) Strikezone Records 8803
* Dave Stryker Quartet Plays Jobim (2001) Strikezone Records 8801
* Ballads (2006) Strikezone Records 8800
* Dave Stryker w/the UMO Jazz Orchestra ’Ŭ Live in Helsinki (1998) Strikezone 8802

With Others:
The Stryker / Slagle Band (2005) Live at the Jazz Standard / ZOHO 200509
The Stryker / Slagle Band (2006) Latest Outlook / ZOHO 200703
Stryker/Slagle Band (2003) Khaeon World Music
Stanley Turrentine (1989) Say Brother/WGBH (video only)
Stanley Turrentine (1990) Live at the Village Gate /Kultur Video 1294
Stanley Turrentine (1991) Live at Blues Alley / Blues Alley Records 110004
Stanley Turrentine (1995) T Time / MusicMaster 65124-2
Kevin Mahogany (1997) Another Time, Another Place / Warner Bros. 946699-2
Kevin Mahogany (2000) Portrait of / Warner Bros. 947364-2
Kevin Mahogany (2001) Pride and Joy / Telarc 83542
Steve Slagle (1991) Smoke Signals / Panorama 001
Steve Slagle (1995) Our Sound / DoubleTime 107
Steve Slagle (1997) Plays Monk / SteepleChase 31446
Steve Slagle (2000) New New York / Omnitone 12005
Alan Botschinsky (1992) Last Summer / MA Music A804-2
Alan Botschinsky (1995) I've Got Another Rhythm / MA Music A916-2
Javon Jackson (1999) Pleasant Valley / Blue Note 99697
Larry Schneider (1997) Ali Girl / SteepleChase 31429
Danny Walsh (1997) D's Mood SteepleChase 31428
Andy LaVerne (1996) Stan Getz in Chappaqua / SteepleChase 31418
SteepleChase Jam Session Vol. 2 (1996) SteepleChase 31523
SteepleChase Jam Session Vol. 10 (1998) SteepleChase 31555
Tony Reedus (1993) Minor Thang / CrissCross 1117
Craig Handy (1999) Reflections in Change / Sirocco1005
Bill Warfield Big Band (1993) The City Never Sleeps / Sea Breeze 2048
Royce Campbell (1994) 6 x 6 / Paddle Wheel KJCJ 220
Steve Doyle (1997) Presence / Axis 1031
Terry Lee Burns (1998) Song Speak 5332
Mike Freeman (1991) Spellbound / Best Records 9181-2
Jorge Nila (2003) The Way I Feel / Strikezone Records 8804
Ultrablue (2003) Dusk 2 Dawn / Khaeon World Music
Trio Mundo (2002) Carnaval / Khaeon World Music 200204 (also producer)
Trio Mundo II (2004) ZOHO Music (also producer)
Billy Rogers (1993) The Guitar Artistry Of / Stash 566 (also producer)
A Tribute to Grant Green (1996) Evidence 222112 (also producer)
Sylvia Cuenca (2002) Exit 13 / Etoile Records 002 1475
Mark Weinstein (2007) Straight no Chaser / Jazzheads JH 1161
Susie Buffet (1997) What is there to do with such a heart but sing / Honeybee HBR01
Susie Buffet (2003) Songs for Herb / Honeybee Records HBR02

*(unreleased)

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Albums

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Big Room

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Blue To The Bone

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Shades of Miles

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All the Way

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Blue to the Bone II

SteepleChase
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Changing Times

SteepleChase
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Blue to the Bone III

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Shades Beyond

SteepleChase
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Big City

Mel Bay Records
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Live at the Jazz Standard

Zoho
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The Chaser

Mel Bay Records
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Strike Up the Band

SteepleChase
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Latest Outlook

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Stryker/Slagle Band

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The Scene

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Keeper

Panorama Records
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