Dits Sakkers (Utrecht, 14 February 1923 - Geldrop, 22 December 2004), a lawyer by profession only briefly takes part in the Dutch jazz world. He stems from a musical home, and first takes guitar lessons, before teaching himself to play the piano, which becomes his main instrument. In 1939 he ...
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Biography Stido Alström
Dits Sakkers (Utrecht, 14 February 1923 - Geldrop, 22 December 2004), a lawyer by profession only briefly takes part in the Dutch jazz world. He stems from a musical home, and first takes guitar lessons, before teaching himself to play the piano, which becomes his main instrument. In 1939 he comes into contact with 'the guys from The Hague, The Moochers and the Swing Papa's', and gets acquainted with pianist Teddy Wilson's playing. He then starts off in his own direction.
After the liberation of the Netherlands he performs for the Canadian troops in Noordwijk, plays as a rhythm guitarist in bassist Ted Powder's orchestra, which does broadcasts for Radio Herrijzend Nederland. He plays in Luxemburg with Powder and accordionist Mat Mathews. In the meantime he starts law school.
1948 - 1949
With guitarist Joop Carlquist he travels to Sweden, where he meets bassist Simon Brehm. He accepts the latter's invitation to join his band permanently.
1951 - 1954
In Heidelberg he performs for the American troops, and joins a quintet clarinetist Peter Schilperoort assembles for the summer season in Scheveningen. He finishes law school, and starts to work for the Philips company in Eindhoven in 1954.
1954 - 1955
He gains some fame in the AVRO Jazz Competition under the pseudonym of Stido Alström: 'In those days you couldn't have a decent job and be a jazz musician at the same time. Stido is my Christian name backwards, and I picked Alström because of the Swedish history.'
1955 - 1957
He makes recordings for the Jazz Behind The Dikes series: '[The sextet] was a hastily assembled bunch.' He occasionally subs for other pianists at concerts, but otherwise abandons his musical career altogether.
Discography Stido Alström
Jazz Behind The Dikes
|Type and year||Compilatie, 1955|
|Label||Philips, P 10078 R|
|producer||Michiel de Ruyter|
|Details||10" LP, including Jean and Stido's Extract by the Stido Alström Trio, recorded in Hilversum, 23 January 1955|
Jazz Behind The Dikes 3
|Type and year||Compilatie, 1957|
|Label||Philips, P 08004 L|
|muzikant||Coen van Nassou|
|muzikant||Dick van der Capellen|
|producer||Michiel de Ruyter|
|Details||LP, including Queen and Meditation by the Stido Alström Sextet, recorded in Hilversum, 3 February 1957|
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