Jazz in the Loft: Dave Stryker

Dave Stryker
Sunday, March 19 at 7PM

Tickets: $20
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

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Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. Cash bar available. 

Jazz in the Loft concerts are curated and hosted by Lee Boswell-May. 

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 27 CDs as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine and Jack McDuff, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”  

Dave Stryker was once again recently voted one of the top Jazz Guitarists in the 2016 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. His most recent CD, Eight Track II reached #2 and stayed for 20 weeks on the JazzWeek Radio chart. His previous CD, a tribute to Stanley Turrentine called Messin’ with Mister T (Strikezone Records) reached #1 on JazzWeek Radio chart. Both CDs were picked as Top CD’s of the year by Downbeat Magazinet.

“…one of the most joyous feels around.”
-Pat Metheny

Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to New York City in 1980 and joined organist Jack McDuff’s group from 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, Jimmy Heath, Kevin Mahogany and many others. Besides his own albums, Stryker has been a sideman on over 100 others and he has written, recorded and published over 150 original compositions.

Stryker currently performs with The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, The Stryker / Slagle Band (with saxophonist Steve Slagle), and his Blue to the Bone Band. He 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