Dave Stryker

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Dave Stryker
Birth nameDavid Michael Stryker
Born (1957-03-30) March 30, 1957 (age 61)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Dave Stryker (born March 30, 1957) is an American jazz guitarist. He has recorded over twenty-five albums as a leader and has been a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and Kevin Mahogany.


Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. When he was ten years old, he was inspired by the Beatles to start playing guitar. His interest was rock and roll until he heard the albums My Favorite Things by John Coltrane and Beyond the Blue Horizon by George Benson. By seventeen, he was a jazz guitarist in Omaha. In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles where he took lessons from another Omaha native, Billy Rogers, and met organist Jack McDuff. After moving to New York City, he toured with McDuff in 1984-5, then spent ten years with saxophonist Stanley Turrentine.[1]

Stryker formed a band with Steve Slagle and a trio with Jared Gold and Tony Reedus (later McClenty Hunter and Billy Hart).[1] He worked with Kevin Mahogany as sideman, composer, and arranger, appeared with him at Carnegie Hall, and toured with him in Europe and Japan.[2] He has also worked with Eliane Elias, Javon Jackson, and Andy LaVerne.[1]

He teaches jazz guitar at Indiana University and Montclair State University and at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and the Veneto/New School Workshop in Italy.[2]

In 2018 Stryker began teaching jazz guitar online through the ArtistWorks music education website. [3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Top Ten Guitarists, Down Beat magazine Readers' Poll, 2001
  • Rising Star, Down Beat magazine Critics' Poll


  • Strike Zone (SteepleChase, 1990) with Steve Slagle, Marc Copland, Ron McClure, Ronnie Burrage
  • Guitar on Top (Ken Music, 1991) with Mulgrew Miller, Bob Hurst, Victor Lewis
  • Passage (SteepleChase, 1991) with Steve Slagle, Joey Calderazzo, Jay Anderson, Adam Nussbaum
  • Blue Degrees (SteepleChase, 1992) with Rick Margitza, Larry Goldings, Jeff Hirshfield
  • Full Moon (SteepleChase, 1993) with Steve Slagle, Jay Anderson, Jeff Hirshfield
  • Stardust (SteepleChase, 1994) with Joey DeFrancesco, Adam Nussbaum
  • Nomad (SteepleChase, 1994) with Randy Brecker, Steve Slage, and the Bill Warfield Big Band
  • The Greeting (SteepleChase, 1995) with Bruce Barth, Scott Colley, Tony Reedus, Daniel Sadownick
  • Blue to the Bone (SteepleChase, 1996) with Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Rich Perry, Bob Parsons, Bruce Barth, Jay Anderson, Billy Drummond
  • Big Room (SteepleChase, 1996) with Rich Perry, Ed Howard, Billy Hart
  • All the Way (SteepleChase, 1997) with Scott Colley, Bill Stewart
  • Blue to the Bone II (1998) with Brian Lynch, Steve Slagle, Clark Gayton, Bruce Barth, Jay Anderson, Adam Nussbaum
  • Shades of Miles (SteepleChase, 1998) with Brian Lynch, Steve Slagle, Billy Drewes, Marc Copland, Larry Goldings, Terry Burns, Billy Hart, Manolo Badrena
  • Changing Times (SteepleChase, 1999) with Steve Slagle, Bill Moring, Tim Horner, Manolo Badrena
  • Blue to the Bone III (SteepleChase, 2001) with Brian Lynch, Steve Slagle, Clark Gayton, Bob Parsons, James Williams, Jay Anderson, Tim Horner
  • Exit 13 (Etoile, 2002) with Sylvia Cuenca, Kyle Koehler
  • Shades Beyond (SteepleChase, 2004) with Steve Slagle, David Berkman, Terry Burns, Lenny White
  • Big City (Mel Bay, 2004) with David Kikoski, Ed Howard, Victor Lewis
  • Six String Santa (Strikezone, 2005) solo guitar
  • The Chaser (Mel Bay, 2006) with Jared Gold, Tony Reedus
  • Strike Up the Band (SteepleChase, 2008) with Xavier Davis, Andy McKee, Billy Hart
  • One for Reedus (SteepleChase, 2010) with Jared Gold, Steve Williams
  • Keystone (SteepleChase, 2010) with Stephen Riley, Jared Gold, Quincy Davis
  • Blue Strike (SteepleChase, 2011) with Freddie Hendrix, Stephen Riley, Jared Gold, Billy Hart
  • Blue to the Bone IV (SteepleChase, 2012) with Freddie Hendrix, Vincent Gardner, Steve Slagle, Gary Smulyan, Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter
  • Suit Up! (Bounce-Step, 2013) with Matt Kane, Kyle Koehler
  • Eight Track (Strikezone, 2014) with Stefon Harris, Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter
  • Messin' with Mister T (Strikezone, 2015) with Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter, Mayra Casales
  • Eight Track II (Strikezone, 2016) with Steve Nelson, Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter
  • Strykin' Ahead (Strikezone, 2017) with Steve Nelson, Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter[4]

The Stryker/Slagle Band

  • The Stryker/Slagle Band (Khaeon/Zoho, 2003) with Bill Moring, Tim Horner
  • Live at the Jazz Standard (Zoho, 2005) with Ed Howard, Victor Lewis
  • Latest Outlook (Zoho, 2007) with Jay Anderson, Billy Hart, Joe Lovano
  • The Scene (Zoho, 2008) with Jay Anderson, Victor Lewis, Joe Lovano
  • Keeper (Panorama, 2010) with Jay Anderson, Victor Lewis
  • Stryker/Slagle Band Expanded: Routes (Strikezone, 2016) with Gerald Cannon, McClenty Hunter, Bill O'Connell

As sideman or guest[edit]

With Kevin Mahogany

  • 1997 Another Time Another Place
  • 2002 Pride and Joy

With Steve Slagle

  • 1996 Our Sound
  • 2000 New New York
  • 2000 Slagle Plays Monk
  • 2000 Dedication

With others

  • 1993 The Guitar Artistry of Billy Rogers, Billy Rogers
  • 1994 City Never Sleeps, Bill Warfield
  • 1995 Time, Stanley Turrentine
  • 1996 Minor Thang, Tony Reedus
  • 1997 Stan Getz in Chappaqua, Andy LaVerne
  • 1999 Pleasant Valley, Javon Jackson
  • 2000 Reflections in Change, Craig Handy
  • 2001 Jamey Aebersold Jazz: Antonio Carlos Jobim (Bossa Nova), Jamey Aebersold
  • 2002 Carnaval, Trio Mundo
  • 2003 Jazz Dialogues, Vol. 2: Focus, James Williams
  • 2003 Jazz Dialogues, Vol. 4: Music for a While, James Williams
  • 2004 Rides Again, Trio Mundo
  • 2006 Ultrablue, Ultrablue
  • 2007 Feelin' Good: Blues in B-3, Jamey Aebersold
  • 2010 Jump!, Pete Levin
  • 2011 Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Rondi Charleston
  • 2013 Iridium Live 008: 4-8-2012, Pete Levin
  • 2013 Miles Tones, Giacomo Gates
  • 2013 Signs of Life, Rondi Charleston[5]


  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 190. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ a b "Faculty: Dave Stryker". info.music.indiana.edu. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ Renowned Jazz Guitarist Dave Stryker Joins ArtistWorks' Extensive List of Online Teaching Artists
  4. ^ "Dave Stryker | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Dave Stryker | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 August 2017.

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