About me

I am a free lance multi styles percussionist and music entrepreneur based in Amsterdam (NL).
Since 1981 I have worked in studios (± 300 albums), live situations and as a 'clinician'.
From 2010 many of the studio sessions are done in my Protools based 'Percussion Today Home Studio'.
Hi res custom recorded tracks are 'shipped' all over the world.
Vater and Meinl are the brands for drumsticks, percussion instruments and cymbals I endorse and play exclusively.

Artists recorded for and/or played live with:
Michael Jackson ('Love Never Felt So Good' single), David Guetta, Mr. Probz, Gino Vannelli, Mezzoforte, Yellowjackets, Metropole Orchestra, George Duke, Jazz Orchestra Of The Concertgebouw, Pat Metheny, Toots Thielemans, 'Toppers', Candy Dulfer, The Passion, Lange Frans and many local Dutch artists/bands.

Percussion Loops HD’ App, available in the iTunes Store, is a vast library of (my) percussion sounds and loops, available for iOS only and to be used in any daw, a.o. Garageband, Auria and Cubasis.

Since 1998 I am owner of Baileo Music Productions a CD/VINYL/DVD label - ± 60 releases - and booking agency.

It is an honor to have been chosen 'Best Percussionist of the Benelux' in '98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, '03, '06, '07, ‘09 and 2012 by the readers of ‘Slagwerkkrant’.

You can reach me direct on: +31 654 310 214 (mobile)
Or send an email: jeroen@jeroenderijk.com

By clicking on the photo below you can check out my latest - live in the Power Sound Studio - promo video.

Gerry Leonard Testimonial

Occasionally loud, often rattly, always banging on things... but strangely musical and always in time...


Jeroen was a real pleasure to have on the session.


Super quick and very tasteful, he has a fabulous groove and huge range.

 

Get him while he's hot!

  

Gerry Leonard, aka Spooky Ghost, Suzan Vega guitarist and musical director for the late David Bowie.

 

Gerry as a producer and Jeroen worked on the 'Over The Top' album by Czech band Všichni Svatí (All Saints).


Kevin Killen was the master engineer for this production.

Jimmy Haslip Testimonial

I met Jeroen when performing with Yellowjackets and the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza.

 

He was brought in to enhance the orchestra's percussion section.

We had new arrangements and Jeroen created the right chemistry for this very special project.

It resulted in an outstanding performance at the 1996 North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, the Netherlands.

 

Since then, we have recorded together on many of his projects and worked together with the Edison nominated band Live Line.

This band featured Jeroen on percussion, Hans Eijkenaar on drums, Michiel Borstlap on piano and keyboards, Eric Vloeimans on trumpet and Flugelhorn and myself on electric bass!

 

 

Jeroen has an extensive list of credits and is a brilliant musician, producer and composer.

 

I am honored to continue working with him as he has introduced me to a wide range of super talented musicians and technicians in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe.

 

 

Jimmy Haslip, producer, musician, composer

Cees Hamelink Testimonial

I conclude that the key features of this multi-talent musician are an exceptional creativity at an advanced level of professionalism combined with extra-ordinary social skills, reliability and an impressive musicianship.

 

What singles Jeroen de Rijk out from so many other well-qualified jazz musicians is his capacity to make his music “communicative”.


In all he does there is always an invitation to conviviality: that unique combination of cheerfulness with helpfulness.

 

Dr. Cees J. Hamelink, Professor of communication science (University of Amsterdam), President of the Foundation Junior Meets Senior (for jazz music education), Author of 18 monographs on communication and culture

 

(Photo from left to right Cees Hamelink, Amsterdam Major Eberhart van der Laan and Jeroen)

 

Will Kennedy Testimonial

Jeroen had a very natural approach to our (Yellowjackets) music, he was very sensitive to the arrangements.


I’ve had really bad percussion experiences in the past. (I won’t mention any names, ha ha!)


Percussion is very colourful, it is an enhancement instrument, where it adds, you know?


But if you play it incorrectly, it can do more subtraction, it can take away and make the drummer feel as if he is in jail, very inhibit.


But if you have a good percussionist around you who is sensitive and listens to what is going on around him, you guys are just spontaneous playing with ánd around each other.


I didn’t have to turn around to him, I didn’t have to say ‘play softer’…


We just played and had a good time, it was an excellent experience!

 

Will Kennedy, member of Yellowjackets and world renowned session drummer

Gino Vannelli Testimonial

The truth about a great percussionist?. . . (the barbarian jokes notwithstanding)


It is the ability to grab hold of that burning fire within and hurl a few flames here and there around the room, making sure other players feel the heat.


I remember a few years back, when Persona No Grata wasn't letting loose yet in rehearsal with the Metropole, at least not until Jeroen started whipping on the timbales, sounding the alarm, getting everybody's attention and a choir of heads to start boppin' nonstop.

 

Musically speaking, it was as if sixty - no, make that sixty one people - suddenly saw the light.

 

Thank you my friend! Gino

 

(In photo f.l.t.r. Jimmy Haslip, Otmaro Ruiz, Jeroen and Gino)

Ivo Witteveen Testimonial

As a media composer, my projects are usually a mix of electronics and live musicians.


Jeroen is my first call percussion player and one of the first players I'll call in general if I need someone to breathe some life into programmed tracks.


I consider him a pop music percussion player with a good taste for sounds.


He can fill an arrangement with layers of exotic percussion sounds when required, but he'll rather take just the right rusty old tambourine and nail that groove in one take.


While I like having him in the studio, his great communication skills and taste make remote sessions run smoothly too.


Highly recommended!

 

Ivo Witteveen, composer/producer, MOST Original Soundtracks

(Photo while working on Jeroen's solo CD 'Moves 24/7')