Steeped in blues, bop, and beyond, with a distinctive and hard-swinging style, guitarist Dave Stryker opens the Summer Jazz Room week in a group featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf. After arriving in NY City in the 1980s, Stryker spend two years touring in the group of organist Jack McDuff before starting a notable 10-year association with sax legend Stanley Turrentine. He has over 26 recordings as a leader, co-leads a band with saxophonist Steve Slagle, and has made countless other recordings and appearances as a featured sideman with the likes of Kevin Mahagony, Eliane Elias, and Javon Jackson. Stryker teaches and mentors young players at New Jersey’s Montclair State, Indiana University, and in in local New Jersey clubs and jam sessions where younger musicians come together to play. Sure to be a grooving and soulful night!
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Trombonist John Allred’s fleet and fluent jazz playing has graced the stage and studio alongside Clark Terry, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Natalie Cole, Liza Minelli, Pete Chistleib, Larry Carlton, and Robin Ford among many others. His large ensemble credits are equally impressive and include Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd, Harry Connick Jr., The Toshiko Akioshi Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. The versatile Allred is a first-call studio and Broadway pit musician as well. For this appearance he teams up with well-known cornetist Warren Vaché for a swinging and melodious evening!
John Allred on Trombone Page of the World
Samara Joy’s star is certainly on the rise! With a captivating singing style described by Will Friedwald as “connected to the entire history of jazz all at once” Joy is poised for a substantial career, with a July release of her debut recording featuring Pasquale Grasso, Ari Roland, and Kenny Washington. Samara came to the public eye after winning the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2019. She is a Bronx native, attended Fordham High School for the Arts and SUNY Purchase, and has performed at NY City’s top clubs with Christian McBride, Kirk Lightsey, Cyrus Chestnut, and NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris. Come see her now, so you can say “I saw her when….!
With a degree in physics from Texas Southern U, Frank Lacy is a force of nature! A brass specialist, composer, arranger, vocalist, leader of many ensembles that span the breadth of American music from jazz to rock, Frank has been a member of five ensembles that have received Grammy Awards—The Mc Coy Tyner Big Band, Roy Hargrove's Crisol, The Mingus Big Band and D' Angelo. He was musical director with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and has also worked with Lester Bowie, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, Henry Threadgill, Steve Turre, and Bobby Watson, among many others. Lacy brings to the Jazz Room his expansive ensemble Tromboniverse—a treat to hear and behold!
Frank Lacy on Wikipedia
A longstanding fixture on the New York jazz scene, drummer Sylvia Cuenca has played with and learned from the masters, and now is an established figure in her own right. For four years she was a member of Joe Henderson’s band, continuing on to an amazing 17-year stint with the band of trumpet legend Clark Terry. Cuenca has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz, as well as Alecia Keys. She has been a guest clinician and artist-in-residence throughout the world, at the Sisters in Jazz Program, The Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, and has taught at the Jazz for Teens and Pre-Teens program at NJPAC, the Stanford Jazz Workshop and other jazz camps. We are delighted to have her this summer as Artist-In-Residence for our very own WP Summer Jazz Workshop!
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