David Kikoski

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David Kikoski, July 2001

Dave Kikoski (born September 29, 1961) is an American jazz pianist and keyboardist.


Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Kikoski learned piano from his father and played with him in bars as a teenager. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in the early 1980s, then moved to New York City in 1985, touring and recording subsequently with Roy Haynes (from 1986), Randy Brecker (1986–88), Bob Berg (1988), and Billy Hart (1989). He has also played or recorded with George Garzone, Barry Finnerty, Red Rodney, Craig Handy, Ralph Moore, Didier Lockwood, Joe Locke, Olivier Ker Ourio and Mingus Big Band. Kikoski won a 2011 Grammy Award with the Mingus Big Band for the Best Live Jazz Ensemble Album, "Live at the Jazz Standard". He also had a Grammy nomination with Roy Haynes for the "Birds of a Feather" CD.

Kikoski has been a resident of Jersey City, New Jersey.[1]


As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1989 Presage Freelance Trio, with Eddie Gomez (bass), Al Foster (drums)[2]
1991 Persistent Dreams Triloka With Randy Brecker (trumpet), Cecilia Tenconi (flute), Dave Jensen (tenor sax), Vadim Zilbershtein (guitar), Ed Howard (acoustic bass), James Genus (electric bass), Billy Hart and Ben Perowsky (drums), Alex Acuña (percussion), Vera Mera (vocals)[2]
1994 Dave Kikoski Epic Trio, with Essiet Essiet (bass), Al Foster (drums)[2]
1997 Inner Trust Criss Cross Trio, with Ed Howard (bass), Leon Parker (drums)[2]
1998 The Maze Criss Cross Quartet, with Seamus Blake (tenor sax), Scott Colley (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
1999 Almost Twilight Criss Cross Trio, with John Patitucci (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
2001 Surf's Up Criss Cross Trio, with James Genus (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
2001 The Five DIW Quintet, with Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Seamus Blake (tenor sax), Boris Kozlov (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
2001 Comfortable Strange DIW Trio, with Boris Kozlov (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
2001 Combinations Criss Cross With Seamus Blake (tenor sax), Boris Kozlov (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
2003 Details Criss Cross Trio, with Larry Grenadier (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)[2]
2005 Limits Criss Cross Quartet, with Seamus Blake (tenor sax), Larry Grenadier (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)[2]
2006 Lighter Way Apria Trio, with Ed Howard (bass), Victor Lewis (drums)[2]
2008 Mostly Standards Criss Cross Trio, with Eric Revis (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
2008 Live at Smalls Smalls Live Trio, with Hans Glawischnig (bass), Obed Calvaire (drums); in concert[2]
2012 Consequences Criss Cross Trio, with Christian McBride (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)[2]
2013? From the Hip BFM Quartet
2016 Kayemode Criss Cross Trio, with Joe Martin (bass), Justin Faulkner (drums)[3]

with BeatleJazz[edit]

  • A Bite of the Apple (Zebra, 1999)
  • Another Bite of the Apple (Zebra, 2001)
  • With a Little Help From Our Friends (Lightyear, 2005)
  • All You Need is Love (Lightyear, 2007)

with Opus 5[edit]

  • Introducing Opus 5 (Criss Cross, 2011)
  • Pentasonic (Criss Cross, 2012)
  • Progression (Criss Cross, 2013)

As sideman[edit]

With Roy Haynes

With Billy Hart

With others


  1. ^ "The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats", The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2008. Accessed September 15, 2017. "Dave Kikoski -- An invigorating pianist and composer, Kikoski lives in Jersey City."
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "David Kikoski Discography". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Criss Cross Jazz 1394 CD". crisscrossjazz.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.

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