Dave Stryker is a performer, recording artist, and educator known as a front man with over 26 albums and as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff. He was recently voted once again as one of the top jazz guitarists in the 2015 DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls. His latest album, a tribute to Stanley Turrentine called Messin’ with Mister T (Strikezone Records) reached #1 on JazzWeek Radio charts and was picked as one of the top albums of 2015 by DownBeat.
Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to New York City in 1980, and joined organist Jack McDuff’s group (1984-85). From 1986 to 1995, Stryker played with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. He has also performed with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and many others. Dave currently performs with The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, The Stryker / Slagle Band (with saxophonist Steve Slagle), and his Blue to the Bone Band.
Dave is the Adjunct Professor of Jazz guitar at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. His book Dave Stryker’s Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method (Mel Bay Publishing) is available at www.davestryker.com.
Dave plays a Bravo Deluxe model.
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“One of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” – Gary Giddins, Village Voice