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]

  • Presage (Freelance, 1989)
  • Persistent Dreams (Triloka, 1991)
  • Dave Kikoski (Epicure, 1994)
  • Inner Trust (Criss Cross, 1998)
  • Maze (Criss Cross, 1999)
  • Almost Twilight (Criss Cross, 2000)
  • Surf's Up (Criss Cross, 2001)
  • Comfortable Strange (DIW, 2002)
  • The Five (DIW, 2002)
  • Combinations (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • Details (Criss Cross, 2004)
  • Lighter Way (Apria, 2006)
  • Limits (Criss Cross, 2006)
  • Mostly Standards (Criss Cross, 2009)
  • Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2010)
  • Consequences (Criss Cross, 2012)

As a sideman[edit]

With Craig Handy

With Roy Haynes

With Pe De Boi

With Billy Hart

With Toninho Horta:

  • From Ton To Tom (VideoArts Music, 1998)

With Dave Lisik:

As co-leader[edit]

with Opus 5

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


  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."

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