The Maurice Lyles Quintet
Maurice Lyles (Brother Maurice as he is affectionately called) has a long and interesting history as one of Washington, D.C’s finest drummers. A student of the renowned Philly Joe Jones, Brother Maurice played his first job in a show starring Stepin’ Fetchit. He went on the play with the great baritone saxophonist Leo Parker, Jimmy Heath, Earl “Fatha” Hinds, Roy Eldridge and Sarah Vaughn.
In 1968, Brother Maurice invented what he called “The Rhythm Stick.” He incorporated cymbals, a washboard, a woodblock, cowbells, tambourine and African bells.
With a focus on swinging jazz standards, pop, Latin and Be-bop, Maurice performs with a loose-knit group that includes Webster Young on trumpet, Gary Hart on reeds, Wade Beach at the keyboard and David Jernigan on String Bass. Brother Maurice swings at the drums and “the Rhythm Stick.”