By Litchfield Performing Arts, a not-for-profit educational charity.

Dave Stryker


Photo: George Kopp

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 27 CD’s 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.” He was recently voted once again as one of the top Jazz Guitarists in the 2016 Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. His most recent CD “Eight Track II” has reached #3 in it’s 2nd week on the JazzWeek chart. His last CD, 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 CD’s 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

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