Dave Stryker

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Dave Stryker (born March 30, 1957) is an American jazz guitarist. He has recorded over 20 albums as a leader and has been a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and Kevin Mahogany, among others. 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 Guitarists in the 2013 Critics and Readers Poll of Down Beat, and was elected a Rising Star in the 2004–2007 Down Beat Critics Poll.

Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to New York City in 1980, and joined organist Jack McDuff's group, travelling throughout the U.S. for two years (1984–85). From 1986–1995 and from 1998–2000, he played with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, performing at festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world.

He leads his own group, The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, and his Blue to the Bone Band. He co-leads The Stryker/Slagle Band with saxophonist Steve Slagle.

Stryker is also Adjunct Professor of Jazz Guitar at Indiana University and Adjunct Professor of Jazz Guitar at John J. Cali School of Music Montclair State University.

He teaches privately and at the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and the JazzHouse Kids Workshop.


  • First Strike, 1988
  • Guitar on Top, 1991
  • Strike Zone with Steve Slagle, Marc Copland, Ron McClure and Ronnie Burrage, 1990
  • Passage with Steve Slagle, Joey Calderazzo, Jay Anderson and Adam Nussbaum, 1991
  • Blue Degrees with Larry Goldings, Rick Margitza and Jeff Hirshfield, 1992
  • Full Moon with Steve Slagle, Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield, 1993
  • Stardust with Joey DeFrancesco and Adam Nussbaum, 1994
  • Nomad with The Bill Warfield Big Band and Randy Brecker and Steve Slagle, 1994
  • The Greeting with Bruce Barth, Tony Reedus, Scott Colley and Daniel Sadownick, 1995
  • Blue to the Bone with Brian Lynch, Rich Perry, Conrad Herwig, Bob Parsons, Bruce Barth, Jay Anderson and Billy Drummond, 1996
  • Big Room with Billy Hart, Rich Perry and Ed Howard, 1996
  • All The Way with Bill Stewart and Scott Colley, 1997
  • Blue to the Bone II with Adam Nussbaum, Steve Slagle and Clark Gayton, 1998
  • Shades of Miles with Billy Hart, Manolo Badrena, Terry Burns, Marc Copland, Larry Goldings, Steve Slagle, Billy Drewes and Brian Lynch, 1998
  • Changing Times with Steve Slagle, Bill Moring, Tim Horner and Manolo Badrena, 1999
  • Blue to the Bone III with Jay Anderson, Clark Gayton, Tim Horner, Brian Lynch, Bob Parsons, Steve Slagle and James Williams, 2001
  • Shade's Beyond with Steve Slagle, David Berkman and Terry Burns, 2004
  • Strike up the Band with Xavier Davis, Andy McKee, Billy Hart 2005
  • Big City with Ed Howard, Dave Kikoski and Victor Lewis, 2005
  • Six String Santa, 2005
  • The Chaser with Jared Gold, Tony Reedus, 2006
  • Live at the Jazz Standard The Stryker / Slagle Band with Steve Slagle, Ed Howard and Victor Lewis, 2005
  • Latest Outlook The Stryker / Slagle Band with Jay Anderson, Billy Hart, Joe Lovano and Steve Slagle, 2007
  • The Scene The Stryker / Slagle Band with Steve Slagle, Jay Anderson, Joe Lovano and Victor Lewis, 2008
  • One for Reedus with Jared Gold and Steve Williams, 2010
  • Keystone with Jared Gold, Stephen Riley, and Quincy Davis, 2010
  • Keeper The Stryker / Slagle Band with Steve Slagle, Jay Anderson and Victor Lewis, 2010
  • Blue Strike with Jared Gold, Freddie Hendrix, Stephen Riley and Billy Hart, 2011
  • Blue to the Bone IV with Jared Gold, Steve Slagle, Freddie Hendrix, Gary Smulyan, Vincent Gardner and McClenty Hunter, 2012
  • Eight Track with Stefon Harris, Jared Gold and McClenty Hunter, 2014
  • Messin' With Mister T with Jared Gold, McClenty Hunter and Mayra Casales, 2015
  • Eight Track II with Stefon Harris, Jared Gold and McClenty Hunter, 2016

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