Dave Pike Biography

David Samuel Pike, 23 March 1938, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Pike started playing drums when he was eight and is self-taught on vibes, inspired by the playing of Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson. He moved to Los Angeles in 1953 and played with musicians including Elmo Hope and the saxophonists Harold Land and Dexter Gordon. He played for two years with Paul Bley. In 1960 he moved to New York and started to experiment with ways of amplifying the vibraphone when he played with flautist Herbie Mann (1961-65). After playing at the 1968 Berlin Jazz Festival and recording with the Clarke-Boland Big Band he stayed on in Germany and formed the Dave Pike Set with local musicians. In the early 70s the Set twice toured South America for the Goethe Institute. Pike returned to California in 1973 and led a quartet at Hungry Joe’s Club in Huntington Beach. Pike’s recent releases have shown that he his playing with as much graceful style as ever.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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