Former Bands & Projects
(reversed chronological order)
BART LUST quintet, a high energy modal bop quintet led by Bart Lust.
(Bart Lust(trombone), Tom Beek/Bart Wirtz(sax), Steven Hupkens(piano), Joost Kesselaar(drums))
REMBRANDT FRERICHS trio, a lyrical piano trio, playing originals of the outstanding bandleader and piano player Rembrandt. This group started out a quartet in 2007 with sax player Jan Menu, even later expanded with singer Margriet Sjoerdsma. Eventally recording the “Ordem et Progresso” double cd in 2008. After that the trio remained and recorded in 2011 the cd “Continental”. The trio played at the North Sea jazz festival 2011. (Rembrandt Frerichs (piano), Vinsent Planjer (drums))
TAYLOR MADE, a theater program with central theme the music of singer/songwriter James Taylor. Singer Robin van Beek took the initiative to partially translate or write new Dutch lyrics on the music of James Taylor, as homage. (Robin van Beek (vocals), Danielle Staps (vocals), Harry Hendriks (gitaar), Maarten van Damme (gitaar), Arthur Lijten (drums))
DICK DE GRAAF quartet, in September 2006 we had the kick off with this new group. We recorded the cd “Moving Target” on 19 and 20 October 2006. In February 2009 we were invited to the Havanna Jazz festival and after that we had a week in Costa Rica playing at the club. (Dick de Graaf (sax), Jeroen van Vliet (piano), Pascal Vermeer (drums))
WENDE SNIJDERS, a performer of unusual high quality. (she won the Edison prize twice, for her first and second album). Know for her interpretation of French chansons, she also sings in Dutch, English, Spanish and Afrikaans. I joined Wende in May 2007 and started off with “Adem” at the Oerol festival. (Wende Snijders (vocal), Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (dans, choreography), Jan van Eerd (vibes, programming)) In October 2007 the theatre tour “Wende” started, until april 2008, then on from November untill January 2009. In January 2008 we recorded “Chante”. With this line-up we did concerts with Magago and het Koninklijk Concetgebouw Orkest in 2009. January 2010 I joined Wende on a tour with Amsterdam Synfonietta.
(Wende Snijders (vocal), Bart Wolvenkamp (piano), Arthur Lijten/Nout Ingenhous (drums))
TUTU PUOANE quartet, a modern jazz quartet around the incredible South African singer Tutu Puoane. We also did some theatre shows (“Songbirds”) with an extended band in Antwerp and Lier. In May 2007 we had the release of Tutu’s first solo cd “My Song”. In 2008 the JazzLab tour in Belgium. 2009 release concert new cd “Quiet Now” + Brosella festival (Tutu Puoane (vocal), Ewout Pierreux (piano), Jasper van Hulten (drums))
DANCE TRAX / Pasadena Soul Society, Funk/Coverband (1994-2009) (Spencer Croes (vocals), Claudia Wagemakers (vocals), Berthil Busstra (keyboards), Peter Scholten (guitar), Machiel Verhaar (drums). Pervious band members were a.o. Ronald Kool (keyboards) and Dedre Twiss (vocals))
KIM HOORWEG, young (14) and talented jazz singer. We recorded her debut album “Kim is Back” in summer 2006. (2007-2009) (Kim Hoorweg (vocals), Erwin Hoorweg (piano), Rolf Delfos (sax), Jan van Duikeren/Rik Mol (trumpet), Pascal Vermeer (drums))
E.T., a initiative taken by pianist Jeroen van Vliet. This electric trio (E.T.) is formed in the fall of 2003 and is plays compositions of Jeroen and of myself. The trio is completed with drummer Jasper van Hulten.
STRAIGHT UP, the European promotion band for Bose sound systems. (2005-2006)
ROBIN VERHEYEN trio, a young and very dynamic Belgium sax player. We played original material of the group. (Robin Verheyen (sax), Toon VanDionant (drums)).
QUINTESSENCE, a Belgian formation, founded by sax players Tom VanDyck and Robin Verheyen. The band played compositions of Lee Konitz and Warren Marsh as well as own material, written in that tradition. (Tom VanDyck (sax), Robin Verheyen (sax), Bart VanCaenighem (piano/rhodes) en Mimi Verderame (drums))
FREDERIC DELPLANCQ quartet, contemporary Jazz formation around saxophone player / composer Frederic DelPlancq. March 2003 Lundi D’Hortence tour. (Belgium) This band stopped in 2007. (Fred Delplancq (sax), Jef Neve (piano), Kris Duerinckx (drums))
BRUNO VANSINA quartet, high energy, modal hard bop group under leadership of saxophone player Bruno VanSina, from Bruxelles. January 2003 Jazz Lab Series (Belgium) Bruno VanSina quartet.
DUAL CITY CONCERTBAND, from december 2002 until summer 2004, as the regular bas player of this big band under leadership of Rob Horsting / Johan Plomp.
EDWIN BERG trio, with Edwin Berg and Steve Altenberg. Different kind of projects in a.o. the Pompoen theatre in Amsterdam in cooperation with guests like Tom Beek (sax) and Jorg Kaaij (sax). North Sea Jazz festival 2001 with Edwin berg trio + Jorg Kaaij.
MARLIES HELDER BAND, theatre tour from January until April 2000 with singer/songwriter Marlies Helder. (Bas Odijk, Jan van der Meij en Pierre van der Linden)
CURRIE “SHOW”, Nannet Currie a big name in the Dutch alternative theatre scene, known of a dutch summer theatre event: “de Parade”. She was leading her own project for a few years, a kind of absurdistic theatre. These events took place around Christmas in the Wester gas fabriek in Amsterdam. (She died on January 29th 2001)
ZOAB, fusion/world music quintet. (Jasper le Clercq, Andreas Suntrop, Arthur Lijten, Dirk Hauptmann)
PLEXUS, hard bop sextet for which I gradually began writing songs. (Andre Frank (sax), Arjen de Groot (trumpet), Jasper Soffers (piano), Bert Kamsteeg (drums)
BUMPCITY, pop band which played originals (1991 until 1994). (Bouke Bijlsma (vocal), Sander Hop (guitar), Jaco Benckhuysen (keyboards), Joost Leibaart (drums))
CAKEWALK, cover band which played until 1990. (Olga Meyer (vocal), Sander Hop (guitars), Eric van de Bovenkamp (piano), Joost Leibaart (drums))