Doug Sides' Sumbio

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Last Show: Sunday 20 th October 2019

PizzaExpress Live (Maidstone)

Fresh from a highly acclaimed set at Ronnie Scott's, Sumbio are a fabulous Jazz quintet led by American drum legend Doug Sides. Now living in the UK Doug has had a stellar career having recorded with Johnny Griffin, John Handy, Blue Mitchell, and Sonny Stitt among many others as well as touring with piano great Hank Jones and recently with Benny Golson. This is a rare chance to see Doug lead his own quintet hand picked from the best musicians around the South East playing a highly rhythmic set of original compositions with a handful of well chosen standards.

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Douglas Sides was born in L.A. He started piano lessons at age four and gave private recitals of Bach, Mozart, and Chopin until he discovered, age seventeen, his natural affinity for percussion instruments and jazz music. Douglas attended the Berklee School of Music and the Boston Conservatory and he soon started a career as a jazz percussionist. 

During the late sixties and seventies Douglas worked with Lionel Hampton, John Handy, Abbey Lincoln, John Hendricks, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Blue Mitchell, Bobby Hutcherson, Kirk Lightsey, Chick Corea, Harry Edison, Cedar Walton, Phineas Newborn Jr, Kai Winding, Clark Terry and many other Jazz greats. 

Sides moved to Europe in the late Eighties and has worked with expatriates like Johnny Griffin, Horace Parlan, Don Bennett and Kirk Lightsey. He has also toured with Canadian singer Renee Lee, and piano legend Hank Jones. In recent years he has worked with Benny Golson, and was the regular drummer with Phil Woods' 'Bird with Strings and More' project.

Among many others Doug has recorded with Johnny Griffin (Grab This, 1962), John Handy (New View, 1967), Blue Mitchell (B.M. ,1971, Vital Blue, 1972), Sonny Stitt (My Mothers Eyes, 1971), Kai Winding (Danish Blue, 1975), John Wood (Best Wood, 1981), his own group (Perseverence, 1994) and Don Bennett (Solar, 1995).

Band Lineup

Doug Sides (drums)

Daniel Cano (trumpet)

Nick Browne (saxophones)

Roger Lewin (piano)

Maurizio Borgna (bass)