Instrument: Acoustic Bass | AMT Products Used: S25B
Born 1962 Zwaag, The Netherlands.
Started playing trumpet at age 10, his teachers were Hans Peter Pluim and Bert Helfrich, At age 16 he took lessons from Jan Schut, to prepare him for his admission to the Hilversum Conservatory. There he his teachers were Ack van Rooijen and Ferdinand Povel. After two year he switched to the doublebass, his teacher was the great Victor Kaihatu, of whom he learned his special thumb technic.Soon he was playing with Jazzplayers like Frans Elsen, Wim Overgauw, Rob Madna, Hein van der Gaag, etc. In 1985 He moved to Madrid Spain to teach at the Taller de Musicos. There he also played with musicians like Dave Schnitter, Perico Sambeat, Jorge Pardo and Pedro Itturalde. He went back to Holland in 1987, and played for a while in musical shows like The Cotton Club, which played besides in Holland also in Berlin, Munich and Edinburgh. 1988 He was a member of the first Rick Hollander quartet, toured all over Europe and made the cd Private Ears. During that time he also started playing with guitarplayer/singer Cris Monen, and the Lost and Wondering Jazzband,
which at that time had Madeleine Peyroux as bandmember.
From 1990 he was part of the Maarten van der Grinten/Benjamin Herman 4tet,
recorded 4 cd’s and several more with the Benjamin Herman trio and 4tet.
In 1992 he went to Kansas City to play with the Bram Wijnands trio, which had a set contract at a local Jazzbar.
This lasted for 2 years, then got back to Holland and took up his life as a freelance musician.
He did some theatretours with singers Astrid Seriese and Liesbeth list, as well as some tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
He was also a member of the Toon Roos 4tet, and was a regular sub in the Metropole Orchestra, playing projects with Dave Liebman,
Jens Winther, Bob Brookmeyer, Rob van Kreeveld etc.
In 1999 He was asked by the Brusselsjazzorchestra to fill in for the regular bassplayer,
Nic Thys. Since he moved to live in New York there was a vacancy for double bass.
From that moment he is a set member of the orchestra, doing concerts with for instance Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner,
Dave Liebman, Mcoy Tyner, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrel, Toots Thielemans, Bert Joris, Philip Catherine,
Wallace Rooney, Richard Galliano, The Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic.
He recorded about 10 cd’s with the band.
Besides the BJO he is teaching jazzbass at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Belgium, which is part of the Highschool of the Arts.
He is also member of the Andrea Pozza European kwintet, the Ben van Gelder trio, the Mike del Ferro/Frank Vaganee Group,
and the Bart Defoort 4tet.