After 10 times #1 'Best Percussionist Benelux' I was voted #1 in our Slagwerkkrant popularity poll 2020 in the category 'All Time Favorite Benelux' by the readers.
I am as humbled as pleased to be in a list with some of our most legendary drummers/percussionist.
Thanks for your votes readers of our magnificent drums/percussionmagazine!

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Here is the 'Hall of Fame Benelux' list of illustrious and fantastic drummers/percussioinsts I am now part of:
Cesar Zuiderwijk (2003)
Ton Dijkman (2004)
John Engels (2005)
Hans Eijkenaar (2006)
Lucas van Merwijk (2007)
Fred van Vloten (2008)
René Creemers (2009)
Han Bennink (2010)
Pierre Courbois (2011)
Pierre van der Linden (2012)
Rob Kloet (2013)
Marcel Serierse (2014)
Michael Schack (2015)
Martijn Vink (2016)
Mario Goossens (2017)
Bruno Meeus (2018)
Nippy Noya (2019)
Jeroen de Rijk (2020)

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Like in 2018 and 2019 I was again part of 'A Bowie Celebration' for the Holland and Belgium shows.
It's all about real 'Bowie alumni' musicians and fantastic guest vocalists singing songs from David's endless list of hits.

3 sold out shows in the Amsterdam 'Paradiso', Antwerp 'De Roma' and The Hague 'Het Paard'.
I shared the stage with legendary Mike Garson, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Kevin Armstrong, Alan Childs and singers Corey Glover, Sass Jordan and Mr. Hudson.

As in previous editions the general vibe was unbelievable, both on stage and in the halls as such.

 

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It was a great pleasure to have master bass player, 'Yellowjackets' founding father and my dear friend Jimmy Haslip in Holland for a 'Jaco Pastorius Tribute' tour early June 2019.
With him came amazing 'Tribal Tech' keyboard player Scott Kinsey, who is a protégé of 'Weather Report's' Joe Zawinul himself.
On drums I invited Yoran Vroom, one of the most talented Dutch drummers of his generation, ánd - for 1 show - monster drummer Hans Eijkenaar, one of my oldest friends and colleagues, since ± 1982!
This tour was produced by my company Baileo Music Productions, in close cooperation with www.redlightjazz.com.

Jaco Pastorius Tribute 2019

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What a thrill it was to record for our most famous Dutch band ever, the 'Golden Earring' early August of this year.
Not often did I work for people that once - early childhood - were first degree heros.
A wonderful afternoon was spent with producer John Sonneveld and 'Earring' guitarist/singer/composer George Kooymans, the guy who wrote their world hit 'Radar Love'.
'Say When' was released in October 2019, sounds great and is a classic rock song in the best tradition of the 'Earring'.

Golden Earring recording

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Here you have an impression of our first of two Mezzoforte Shows at the Java Jazz Festival 2017 on the 3rd of March.
What a thrill to be back on the road again after almost 3 decades with these wonderful Icelandic musicians!
We rehearsed and played 2 shows in the Amsterdam Melkweg before taking of to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Amazing to see so many thousands of people loving this cool Jazz Funk Fusion vibe that has come out of this band that celebrates it's 40th anniversary this year.
Here you can see/hear one of our shows on youtube!

Mezzoforte Live Java Jazz 2017

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I was thrilled to be asked to join my friend Hans Eijkenaar for recording tons of grooves simultaneously - in one room - a full day last July.
Recordings are for a new App that will be released soon on his 'Go Independent' label.
On this label he released his own 'Drum Loops HD' and several other apps, including my 'Percussion Loops HD' and one with legendary Steve Gadd.
Steve played his own world famous clichés and made them downloadable for all of us through the app.
Hans and I have played together since 1984 in every thinkable musical context.
More info on the apps: www.iosappsformusicians.com

In the photo f.l.t.r.: Scott Kinsey, Jimmy Haslip, me and Hans during our 'Tribute to Jaco Pastorius/Joe Zawinul' tour in June 2019.

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