Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Stryker grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to New York City in 1980. After establishing himself in the local music scene, he joined organist Jack McDuff's group, travelling all over the U.S. for two years (1984-85). From 1986 to 1995, Stryker played with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, performing at all the major festivals, concert halls, and clubs throughout the world. He has recorded and published over fifty of his own compositions. Some of the other artists who have recorded his music are: Stanley Turrentine, Kevin Mahogany, Victor Lewis and Steve Slagle. Dave continues to work with his own group (often with saxophonist Steve Slagle) and as a featured artist throughout the world. He is currently a member of vocalist Kevin Mahogany's working band. He has also worked with saxophonist Javon Jackson and pianist Eliane Elias.
His wife is Tynia Thomassie. His children are Matthew and William Stryker. He lives in West Orange, NJ.
First Strike (1988); Strikezone (1990); Guitar on Top (1991); Passage (1991); Blue Degrees's (1992); Full Moon (1993); Stardust (1994); Nomad (1994); The Greeting (1995); Blue to the Bone (1996); Big Room (1996); All the Way (1997); Blue to the Bone II (1998); Shades of Miles (1998); Changing Times (1999); Blue to the Bone III (2001); Shades Beyond (2001)
Stanley Turrentine: Live at the Village Gate (1990); Steve Slagle: Smoke Signals (1991); Stanley Turrentine: Live at Blues Alley (1991); Mike Freeman: Spellbound (1991); Alan Botschinsky: Last Summer (1992); Tony Reedus: Minor Thang (1993); Bill Warfield Big Band: The City Never Sleeps (1993); Billy Rogers: The Guitar Artistry Of (also producer, 1993); Royce Campbell: 6 x 6 (1994); Stanley Turrentine: T Time (1995); Alan Botschinsky: I've Got Another Rhythm (1995); Steve Slagle: Our Sound (1995); Andy LaVerne: Stan Getz in Chappaqua (1996); Various Artists: SteepleChase Jam Session (1996); Various Artists: A Tribute to Grant Green (also producer, 1996); Steve Slagle: Plays Monk (1997); Larry Schneider: Ali Girl (1997); Danny Walsh: D's Mood (1997); Steve Doyl: Presence (1997); Kevin Mahogany: Another Time, Another Place (1997); Terry Lee Burns (1998); Javon Jackson: Pleasant Valley (1999); Craig Handy: Reflections in Change (1999); Steve Slagle: New New York (20 00); Kevin Mahogany: Portrait of (2000), Pride and Joy (2001); Trio Mundo: Carnaval (also producer, 2002); Jorge Nila: The Way I Feel (2003); Ultrablue: Dusk 2 Dawn (2003); Stryker/Slagle Band: Kheon (2003)
Stanley Turrentine (1989) Say Brother/WGBH (video only)
Articles on Dave have appeared in Downbeat, Guitar Player, JazzTimes, Swing Journal, and Jazz Life, and he has been awarded three Jazz grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eighteen original compositions: The Music of Dave Stryker (SteepleChase Music).
He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Critics and Readers poll of Downbeat Magazine.