Born in Rotterdam in 1971 I started to play the saxophone at the age of 9. In 1997 I gratuated at the Rotterdams Conservatorium as a Master of Music were I followed lessons with among others Dick de Graaff, Ab Schaap, Ben van den Dungen, Bob Brookmeyer and Jerry van Rooyen. From that time on I teached one or two days a week and the rest of the week I played almost every night in all kind of bands. Pop, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Bigband, Funk, Fusion, Classical, Worldmusic, big orchestra’s or small groups, covers or self written new material. My interest never heave been limited as long as the music is played from the heart and you can feel the soul and passion. As long as it is good music and the musicians are great… I love it !
During the last 25 years I’ve been touring in Holland but occasionally also in Japan, USA, Asia and Europe and performed at the most imaginative venues and festivals as for example: Pinkpop, Werchter, Gelredome, Arena, Sportpaleis Antwerpen, Lotto Arena, Ahoy, Heineken Music Hall, North Sea Jazz, Noorderslag, Concerts at Sea, Dutch Valley, Vrienden van Aemstel, Dutch Theaters, Summer-festivals in Holland and Belgium, Dutch and Belgium Pop-venue’s, Recording studio’s like Studio 150, Fendalsound, Wisseloord, ICP, SMP, Radio and TV -studio’s like Radio 538, 3FM, Radio 2, Tros, Radio 6, RTL late night, Live TV shows as Musicals in Concerts, Sporter van het jaar Gala Heineken Night Live, Nationale Postcodeloterij, Oudejaars gala’s, corporate and private party’s, etc….
I’m blessed to have performed and sometimes even recorded with great musicians, artists and bands. With several groups I toured for a couple of years, with other groups only for a smaller project : Alain Clark (6 years of clubtours and festivals, o.a. 3x North Sea Jazz), Waylon (clubtour and fesitvals), Clouseau (2002-2012, over 100 x Sportpaleis concerts), Natalia (clubtour and 2 summerfestival-tours tours), Sven Hammond Soul (4 years clubtours and festivals), Sandra van Nieuwland (clubtour), Top2000live theatre tour (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Swinging Soul Machine, Too Hip for the Room, Peter Vlietstra, Bert Smorenburg, The Raspers, Pasadena Dream band, Clean Sweep, Pasadena Soul Society, U-Dance, Peter de Wijn, Just in Case, Sonny’s inc., Good Fellas, Vrienden van Oranje, The Mist Horns, T.B.A. horns, Amstelhorns, Heavy Horns, SHS horns, Top2000Live horns, Stephan Geusebroek, Postmen, Plexus, Showbizz City Shows, Wentink Events, Bert Heerink, Soulsister (summertour), Gerard Joling, Jan Smit, Roel VanVelzen, mrs Hips, Niels Geusebroek, Nick Bult Band, Tristan, The Royal Dutch Scam, etc…
As a sideman I performed and recorded with an amazing list of national and international artist and bands : Gloria Gaynor, the Trammps, Gordon, Lee Towers, René Froger, Henk Poort, C.B.Milton, Toni Braxton, Eddy Floyd, The Supremes, The Tree Degrees, Herman Brood, Jocelyn Brown, André Hazes, Tony Hadley, Ilse de Lange, Ruth Jacoth, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Karin Bloemen, Paul de Leeuw, Berget Lewis, Boudewijn de Groot, Xander, the Temptations, The Four Tops, Edsilia Rombley, Brownie Dutch, Ali B, The Kik, Shirma Rouse, Volkan Baydar, Candy Dulfer, Leona, Charly Luske, DJ Rose, Boris, Jeroen vd Boom, Nick Bult, Chris Hordijk, Bryan B, Ger Vos, Justine Pelmelay, Forrest, Esther Hart, Di-Rect, Kane, Tristan, Eva Simons, Erwin Steijlen, Big Black and Beautifull, Jay-Horns, Stylus horns, Metropole Orchestra, La Tempesta, Orlando Milan, Henk Westbroek, De Dijk, Benny Jolink, Angela Groothuizen, Paul van Brugge, Theater Carré huisorkest, Peter Groot Kormelink, Ferdi Lancée, John Vooijs, Michelle David, Willeke Alberti, Mojoman, Sherry Dyanne, Jenny Lane, Ivan Peroti, Patt Riley, Erica Greenfield, Rotterdams Jazz Ensemble, The Windmill BigBand, Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Peter Ypma plus Eleven, Lex van Wel Swing Orchestra, Jan van Duikeren Sextet, Pasadena All Star Big Band, Get the Funk, Cor Bakker & Friends, Rotterdams Conservatorium Docenten Big Band, Rotterdams Jazz Orchestra, New Cool Collective Big Band, Selmer Saxofoon Special, Marcel Kaptijn (Ten Sharp), Byentl, Franklin Brown, George McCrae, Efteling, Mendoza Dance Party, Luckyfella, Kommil Foo (B), Aristo & Friends, Christian Lohr, Rhani Kryija, Momo Djender, Matthew Simon, Kaas, Xandra Willis, Belle Perez, Glennis Grace, Rose, Ben Saunders, Shary-an, Nina June, Edwin Pennock, Dany Vera, Klaas Berings, Dutch Flower, Jan Tekstra, Holger Schwedt, Hans Franken, ViJay, Peter Wezenbeek, Fons Merkies, Peter van Hinthum, Recsound, Freshbeat, Massive Music, movies (o.a. de Tweeling, Alles is Liefde), short movies (o.a. Beet), theatre-orchestral tapes (o.a. Pluk redt de dieren, Floddertje, De grote vriendelijke reus), many commercials and leaders, dressage courses Anky van Grunsven (gold on Olympic Games 2000 and 2004)
During these concerts and recording sessions I worked with numerous fellow musicians. There’s now way to name everybody, so I won’t 🙂 , but I’m really thankfull to work with such great musicians. Al those warm contacts made it easier for me to invite the best possible guest teachers at Conservatory Haarlem what allowed me to build an incredible network with musicians, composers, producers, teachers and students who will be the next generation of creative artists in the near future.