Dave Stryker Quintet with Eric Alexander
Friday, August 25th 8:30pm - 10:15pm
The Main Stage - Headliner Performance
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 27 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again into the 2017 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls.
His most recent CD, “Messin’ with Mister T”, is a celebration of the man he worked with for over a decade — Stanley Turrentine, “Mister T” — with ten of the greatest tenor sax players on the scene today. One, Eric Alexander, will be appearing at the festival with Stryker. It went to #1 on JazzWeek Radio and stayed in the Top 50 for 20 weeks and has received great reviews including 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat magazine.
Dave’s “Eight Track” was #9 for 2014 on the Jazz Week Radio Charts where it stayed for 20 weeks topping off at #3 for 3 weeks. Downbeat magazine picked it as one of the Top CD’s of 2014, ran a feature article in the June 2014 issue on Dave, and voted him into the 2014 Downbeat Critics and Readers Poll for the 7th time. His follow-up CD “Eight Track II” went to #2 on the JazzWeek Radio chart staying on the chart for 20 weeks and received 4 Stars in Downbeat. The CD’s fast gain popularity for taking hits of the Eight Track era and applying jazz groove arrangements to the popular hits of the era, such as What’s Going On, I’ll Be Around, Make It With You, and more.
Stryker will be bringing to the Northwest Jazz Festival stage an ensemble of today’s leading jazz all-stars as voted by the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. Jared Gold has been consistently selected in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll top ten in the organ category and is regarded as one of the finest Hammond B-3 Organ performers in jazz today. Vibraphonist Steven Nelson is in the same top ten category of Downbeat recognized jazz vibraphonists in the world today. Rising star McClenty Hunter joins in on drums.
Special guest for the Northwest Jazz Festival “Headliner” performance will be one of the top tenor saxophonist in jazz today, Eric Alexander, asought-after tenor sax player who has worked with Harold Mabern, Pat Martino, Ron Carter, Vincent Herring, Steve Davis, and many others.
Dave Stryker will be releasing his latest CD, Striking Ahead, just a few days after the Northwest Jazz Festival. This is surely a not to be missed event for jazz fans everywhere!