Dave Stryker Quartet

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 Elias.

Dave has recorded and published over 150 of his own compositions and has released “The Dave Stryker Songbook” with most of his original music. 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 Joshua Redman.

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 the groove.

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 DownBeat Magazine.

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 Holloway.

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 Leali, Jesse 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.