Adrian Dsouza


Born in Bombay, India, Adrian Dsouza started his musical pursuits at the age of five, performing on national radio and television. After getting a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the Bombay University, he joined the Louis Banks Quartet. In 1998 he was offered the drummers seat in american Jazz vocalist / educator Roseanna Vitro's trio. Since then there has been no looking back. New York offered him a chance to study and play with some of the best musicians in the NY tri state area. While gigging in Memphis once, he met Peter Erskine at the University of Memphis and was quick to study with him. Adrian D'souza has shared the band stand with Roseanna Vitro, Eddie Gomez, Art Davis, Gary Bartz and Mark Soskin to name a few. As a side man, he has recorded on nineteen albums. Some of them alongside Roseanna Vitro, Eddie Gomez, Fred Hersch, Chris Potter and Chieli Minucci. His debut Jazz album 'Its About Time' recorded in USA - produced, engineered and mastered by Paul Wickliffe, features Roseanna Vitro, Don Braden, Allen Farnham, Chieli Minucci and Bob Bowen.

Back to Mumbai in 2006, Adrian Dsouza performed with Al Jarreau, George Duke, Earl Klugh and Ravi Coltrane for the VH1 Jazz Masters at Mumbais Gateway of India. He also performed with the 'Maribor Philharmonic Orchestra' featuring Roseanna Vitro in Slovenia, and was invited by the 'World Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra and big band' to perform in South Africa for the United Nations - World Summit on Sustainable Development. Recently he performed with the Symphony Orchestra of India at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). As a composer, Adrian D'souza has composed theme songs, Channel IDs, promos and jingles extensively for TV18 / CNBC Mumbai. His recent debut pop single Livin It Up On My Own featuring Neuman Pinto is available on all digital audio platforms. Adrian D'souza fronts his own band “ The Adrian Dsouza Trio, and as a sessions drummer, he plays with Shalmali Kholgade and Sachin / Jigar who are among the biggest Bollywood singers / acts in India.

Adrian Dsouza'S SETUP:

  1. 14' K Custom Dark Hi hats
  2. 22" K Constantinople Medium Thin Low Ride
  3. 22" K Constantinople Thin Overhammered Ride
  4. 20" K Flat Ride

* May be prototype

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    I'm truly blessed to have worked with incredible Jazz musicians in New York, who gave me the opportunity to learn and play great music. They shared their wisdom and shaped the way I play today. I'm also thankful to the new bread, the younger generation of musicians that I currently work with in India - constantly pushing me to play various genres and opening my mind to different sounds and rhythms.


    Rhythm is a universal language and the soul of all things. Blessed is the rhythmatist whose creativity pours forth - igniting, yet soothing his soul, and that of the listener!


    14' K Custom Dark Hi hats, 22" K Constantinople Medium Thin Low Ride, 22" K Constantinople Thin Overhammered Ride - With this set up I get all the colours I need. The K Custom Dark Hi Hats are not bright and obtrusive, yet they maintain a good balance in volume.The K Constantinople Medium Thin Low ride has a great spread and wash without being overpowering. The K Constantinople Thin Overhammered ride has a definite tick to it which can be subtle or out there, depending how you dig into it.