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David KIKOSKI Trio feat. Gary Novak + Will Lyle

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

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Set 1 seating times: 630 / 645 / 7
Set 2 seating times: 830 / 845 / 9

Black Cat JAZZ@theEDGE!! Presents…

From NYC David KIKOSKI Trio feat. Gary Novak + Will Lyle


David Kikoski – Piano
Gary Novak – Drums
Will Lyle – Bass

“The brilliant playing of David Kikoski just smokes. His playing is sparkling.” – Chick Corea
“Dave has so much feeling. He can play anything. I can depend on him for so much.” – Roy Haynes

David Kikoski is a pianist, composer, and arranger steeped in the great tradition of Jazz. 

A highly regarded jazz pianist, Dave Kikoski, emerged in New York jazz scene in 1980s and quickly established himself as a go-to performer working with top players like Roy Haynes, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, and many others. Kikoski is known for his adept post-bop style and spontaneous swinging performances.

As a leader, Kikoski has released 20 albums, including “Presage” with Eddie Gomez and Al Foster (1989), “Beatle Jazz” featuring Michael Brecker, John Scofield, and Mike Stern (2007), and “Consequences” featuring Jeff “Tain” Watts and Christian McBride (2015).
As an invaluable go-to sideman, Kikoski recorded and toured with luminaries such as Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Toots Thielemans, Tom Harrell, Marcus Miller, Pat Martino, Jack Dejohnette, Billy Hart, and many others. He is also a longtime member of the Mingus Big Band, the co-leader of BeatleJazz, and a member of Opus Five. 

Kikoski won a 2011 Grammy Award with the Mingus Big Band for the “Best Live Jazz Ensemble Album” for Live at the Jazz Standard. He also had a Grammy nomination with Roy Haynes for the album, “Birds of a Feather: A tribute to Charlie Parker,” in 2001.

From the great Chicago jazz tradition, Gary Novak is an American jazz/session musician currently in Los Angeles.  He regularly performs with jazz greats including the late Chick Corea, Bob Berg, Alan Holdsworth, David Crosby, David Sanborn, George Benson, Human Element featuring Scott Kinsey, Matt Garrison, Arto Tuncbyacyon.

Will Lyle is one of the most in-demand young bassists in NYC.  He’s also a bandleader, composer, arranger, and producer.   A year after graduating from Berklee College of Music, he toured with GRAMMY award-winning drummer Billy Kilson’s quartet.  He also became a member of the hard bop pianist Jon Mayer’s trio (alumnus of John Coltrane, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and others) with Roy McCurdy (of Cannonball Adderley’s group) on drums. He has performed with Bill Cunliffe, Ralph Peterson, Bob Sheppard, Kendrick Scott, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Wayne Henderson, Philip Harper, Jerry Weldon, John Colianni, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Pasquale Grasso, Ralph Moore, Joshua Breakstone, George Gee, Randy Napoleon, Clayton Cameron, Gerry Gibbs, Erena Terakubo, Barbara Morrison, and Sumerian Records artist Bones UK. He keeps and active performing and recording schedule. He studied with Ron Carter at Manhattan School of Music, where he finished his master’s degree in May 2022.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022