Guitarist Dave Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska
and moved to New York City in 1980. He joined organist Jack McDuff’s
group for two years 1984-85. When McDuff wasn’t on the road they worked
a steady four-night a week gig at Dude’s Lounge in Harlem, where he met
Stanley Turrentine. From 1986-1995 he played with the legendary
saxophonist at major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the
world. He is featured on two Turrentine CD’s, and with Turrentine,
played with Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard.
Since then he has recorded 28 CDs as a leader, and 5 more as co-leader
with Steve Slagle of the Stryker/Slagle Band, and appeared on over 50
CDs as a sideman.
Dave continues to perform with The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, his Blue to
the Bone Band, and The Stryker/Slagle Band. Recent gigs for The
Stryker/Slagle Band have included a recent week at Dizzy’s Club Coca
Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Blue
Note in Las Vegas, The Jazz Bakery in LA, and a 2003 tour of Japan.
Sideman work has included Kevin Mahogany, Javon Jackson, and Eliane
Dave has recorded and published over 150 of his own compositions
and has released “The Dave Stryker Songbook” with most of his original
He teaches at Indiana University, Montclair State University, and The
Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop.
Saxophonist Walter Smith III will release his 5th
album as a leader,
“Twio” in February of 2018 with his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan
and Eric Harland, including guest appearances by Christian McBride and
In the Jazz tradition, Smith has developed under the wings of many of
the music’s greats, including Roy Haynes, Terence Blanchard, Eric
Harland, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian McBride, Christian
Scott, and Sean Jones. He has performed or recorded with Mulgrew
Miller, Eric Reed, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee
Bridgewater, Terri Lynne Carrington, Bill Stewart, and Ralph Peterson.
Walter has appeared on over 100 recordings.
Smith has participating in virtually every international festival as
well as famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, and
the Kennedy Center.
Originally from Houston, TX, Smith now resides in Los Angeles, CA and
is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Indiana University
Organist Jared Gold's emergence as one of the New
York's most in-demand
musicians comes from years of dedication and respect to his instrument.
With such notable inﬂuences as Larry Young, Jack McDuff, and Don
Patterson to draw upon as a foundation, the emphasis on ﬁnding his own
voice has now clearly taken precedence and required Gold to construct
his own unique philosophy based on extending harmony and solidifying
Gold's latest Cd, "Metropolitan Rhythm" (2015, Posi-Tone), features his
working trio of veteran guitarist Dave Stryker and up-and-coming
drummer Kush Abadey. Following the successes of his previous seven
releases, all on Posi-Tone, Jared has accumulated many accolades,
including winning the 2013 Rising Star on Organ critics poll in
Gold has can be seen regularly with his own group and performing and
recordings with John Abercrombie, Dave Stryker, Oliver Lake, Ralph
Bowen, and David Gibson.
Jared appeared at Chez Hanny with Dan Pratt, and with his trios
featuring Sylvia Cuenca and Ed Cherry.
Oakland native Darrell Green has become a master
drummer and prolific
sideman, sharing stages with everyone from Ambrose Akinmusire and
Stefon Harris to Red
In 1997 Green landed a scholarship to attend California Institute of
the Arts. After returning to the Bay Area to work with the Dynamic Miss
Faye Carol for several years, he moved to New York and began working
with Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Sherman Irby, and the Myron
Waldon/Darren Barrett Quartet.
Green has toured with James Hurt, James Zollar, Brad
Davis, Stacy Dillard, Cassandra Wilson,
Pharoah Sanders, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Antoine Roney, Sherman Irby, Russell
Malone, Steve Turre, Wallace Roney, Faye Carol, James Carter, Jeremy
Pelt, Helen Sung, Amina Figarova, and the Darrell Green Quintet.
He appeared here previously with Dayna Stephens, and Ed Cherry.