Keyboardist/Guitarist Doug Kobs was accepted into the classical piano program at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, but switched to jazz and ultimately earned a degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas in 1989. While studying the piano, Doug also honed his flat picking and finger style guitar technique.
After playing around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, including a stint with the jazz fusion group Fingerprints, Doug headed to Denver, sitting in with local and national jazz artists at Denver’s Market Street jazz fixure, El Chapultepec.
In 1995, Doug hit the Big Apple, where he regularly joined the late night jam at the city’s famous jazz hangout Small’s on 10th Street in the Village. As multi-keyboardist for the Prog Rock/Alternative band, The Zipperbits, he spent the next few years gigging at such New York hot spots as CBGB, The Mercury Lounge and Arlene’s Grocery.
After 14 years in New York, Doug relocated to Raleigh, and aside from his “musical soulmate” Peggy, he currently performs several times a month as keyboardist and webmaster for the funk/reggae/dance band BIGFooT GRooVE. Doug also plays regularly with the Motown/classic rock group West Street Band.