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Hello. I am a versatile drummer and percussionist. I am equally comfortable sitting behind a standard drum-kit as well as a percussion set.

Hi, I am Davide, also known as Dado. I am a professional drummer/percussionist with Italian roots. I began my professional music career in 2002 as a London Underground busker; after one year of playing the didjeridoo with a mini drum-kit for the London commuters, I started receiving copious booking requests from various London based artists and bands. I travelled a couple of times to Cuba to study and immerse myself in Afro-Cuban rhythms with local musicians. I have been described by fellow musicians as a versatile drummer/percussionist and I feel comfortable behind a drum-kit, a percussion set, or a hybrid kit. I have performed with top bands and artists across the world, from the UK, Europe, South America, Africa and Hong Kong. My experience includes performing at festivals and venues across the world including: Leverkusener Jazz Stage (Germany); Ronnie Scott’s (London, UK); Mandela’s 90 Birthday (Hyde Park, London, UK); Guitar Festival (Tampere, Finland); Big Chill Festival- main stage – (UK); North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands); Luminato Festival (Canada); Cemal Concert Hall (Istanbul); The Sage (Gateshead, UK); London African Festival (UK); X Mercado Cultural (Bahia, Brazil); New Port Jazz Festival (UK). Opera House (Hanoi, Vietnam) Opera House (HCMC, Vietnam) I have worked and collaborated with many artists including: Carmen Souza; Antonio Forcione; Gwyneth Herbert; Sara Schiralli; Heidi Vogel; MaciekPysz; Maurizio Minardi; Modeste Hugues; Nancy Vieira, Urban Soul Orchestra, Michael Schiefel and Seckou Keita. It is my joy and privilege to have played with so many amazing artists from across the world, performing intimate jazz gigs in world and festival tours.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Swing, Ragtime, Gospel, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Modern jazz, Dixieland, Barbershop, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Vintage, Soul, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Calypso, Latin, Samba, Italian music, Tango, Ska, Salsa, Bossa nova, Cuban music, Brazilian music, Reggae, Spanish music, Americana, R&B, Covers, Gypsy jazz, Caribbean music, Choro, Bollywood, Motown, Tribute, Cumbia, Flamenco, Merengue, Balkan, Argentinian
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

I can play the drums alongside d.js or
here below samples with my bands.
With PARTIDO ALTO - Brazilian and pop
Seduzir - Djavan
Mas Que Nada - Jorge Ben
Sina - Djavan
Vim Sambar - João Bosco/Cacaso/Aldir Blanc
Tanta Saudade - Djavan
Nação -João Bosco
Corcovado - Tom Jobim
Quando, Quando, Quando - Tony Renis
Águas de Março - Water Of March - Jobim
Berimbao - Baden Powell
Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velázquez
Samurai - Djavan Desafinado -Chega de Saudade - Tom Jobim
Garota De Ipanema Girl From Ipanema - Tom Jobim
Upa Neguinho - Edu Lobo
Tristeza - Haroldo Lobo
Bahia Co H - Denis Brean
Camisa Amerela - Ary Barroso Brejo Da Cruz - Chico Buarque
Acontece Que Eu Sou Baiano - Dorival Caymmi
Sodade - Cesaria Evoria
As well as jazz and pop classics such as
Summertime - George Gershwin
All Of Me - Ruth Eating
Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Get Out Of Town - Cole Porter
Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder
Skylark - Hoagy Carmichael
Three Little Birds- Bob Marley
Oh Darling -The Beatles
Estate - Bruno Martino
and many others


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£135
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300


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Zahra Q, 2 years ago

Great drummer, great musician and very reliable! Zahra Qadir

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Zahra Q, 2 years ago

Great drummer, great musician and very reliable! Zahra Qadir

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