Dave Kikoski

Dave Kikoski is an American jazz pianist and keyboardist. #


  • The hardest thing about being a young musician on the jazz scene is that there are so many styles of music, jazz and otherwise, that you’re exposed to. The challenge is to use all that in your own way, to personalize all that has come before you and all that is happening around you. To get the music the way you want it, there’s a lot of work involved.

  • For me, the main thing is spontaneity and taking chances. You have to study and know the traditions, but then you have to play things that haven’t been played before. It becomes a balance of knowing the tradition and using your own original voice to add to it.

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