“Stryker/Slagle Band” To Perform In Downfront Jazz Series

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RAHWAY—The Downfront Jazz series, a partnership of Arts Guild New Jersey and the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), presents the Stryker/Slagle Band on Friday May 14, 2010 at 8:00 PM at UCPAC, 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

JazzTimes Magazine states that the Stryker/Slagle band is “…One of today’s most inspired two-man teams…” Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 20 CDs as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and more recently Kevin Mahogany, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”

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He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star in the 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. His recent CDs are “Big City” and “The Chaser” (Mel Bay Records) and “Strike up the Band” (SteepleChase). “Big City” was voted one of the top CDs of 2005 (4 stars) in Downbeat and reached the Top Ten on the Jazzweek radio charts for 13 weeks. His first DVD “Dave Stryker Organ Trio Live” has just been released.

Stryker continues to perform with his working unit the Stryker/Slagle Band as well as his other projects: The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, and The Blue to the Bone 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.

Saxophonist Steve Slagle also has released 10 CD’s as a leader, and performed as a sideman on countless others. He has played with Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento, and Carla Bley to name a few. Steve was musical director of the Mingus Big Band for many years. JazzTimes says Slagle ranks in the upper echelon of alto sax players on the scene today.

Stryker and Slagle consider this band their main focus after years as sidemen with many of the greats.

Tickets for this performance are available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Contact the Union County Performing Arts Center Box Office at (732) 499-8226, Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM or purchase tickets online 24/7 at www.ucpac.org.

Tickets purchased in advance for multiple concerts at once are further discounted.  Group rates are available for parties of five or more for the same concert.


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