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Dave Stryker and His Eight Track Band Bring Their Heavy Groove to Morning Jazz

When guitarist Dave Stryker visited Morning Jazz to celebrate his new recording, Eight Track III, the nostalgia of musical evergreens of the 1960s and ‘70s was pushed forward with a soulful modern turn.

Featuring organist Jared Gold, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, drummer McClenty Hunter and percussionist Mayra Casales, the Eight Track Band filled the WBGO performance studio with a fresh look back at the music of Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Roy Ayers, finding new ways of reminding us why we still feel so deeply about this music today.

It was a moving (even danceable) preview of what the band will deliver on Saturday at The Django in New York City, on Sunday at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY, and on May 17 at Trumpets in Montclair, NJ.

Watch the band play their version of The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." 

Videography - Sarah Kerson, Isaiah McClain

Audio mix and video edit - Corey Goldberg

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 6:00 -10:00. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.