Dave Stryker

Bob Mintzer

Steve Nelson

Saturday, April 7 / 1:30 p.m.
WRTI 90.1 FM presents
featuring STEVE NELSON
Club ECP: The Jazz Cruises of Entertainment Cruise Productions
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading
Tickets: $29 (General Admission)

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 28 albums as a leader), 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 voted once again — his 10th time — into the 2017 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls.

His 2015 album Messin’ with Mister T is a celebration of the man he worked with for over a decade — Stanley Turrentine or Mister T — with 10 of the greatest tenor sax players on the scene today, including Eric Alexander. The album went to No. 1 on JazzWeek Radio and stayed in the Top 50 for 20 weeks. Stryker’s 2017 CD Strykin’ Ahead features the same lineup as his 2016 album Eight Track II — Steve Nelson, Jared Gold and McClenty Hunter — and is getting excellent reviews.

Saxophonist Bob Mintzer is a member of the Grammy-winning Yellowjackets, leads the Grammy-winning Bob Mintzer Big Band, travels with his own quartet and plays with numerous bands globally.

Mintzer also is the chief conductor of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany.

For the last 37 years the legendary Yellowjackets have been one of the premier jazz groups in the world. Their current lineup features Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, drummer William Kennedy and bassist Dane Anderson.

A respected educator, Mintzer is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Based in Los Angeles, Mintzer continues to conduct clinics and workshops worldwide. He has also written nearly 20 books which are an important part of the curriculum of jazz education worldwide.

Steve Nelson is as one of today’s most revered jazz vibraphonists who has played with a long list of luminaries, including Kenny Barron, David “Fathead” Newman and perhaps most significant, Dave Holland.

Along his journey from his hometown of Pittsburgh to New York City, Nelson crossed paths with another significant jazz figure, the late pianist, composer and bandleader Mulgrew Miller, who became his kindred spirit.