Biography

Chris was born in Breda in 1967. His father was a musician so he grew up with music around him all the time. Chris started to play the accordeon when he was 6 years old, but soon changed to drums. In his early teens he started to practice seriously and when he was twelve he already did his first studio-session.

In 1986 Chris was admitted to the Conservatory in Utrecht, from wich he graduated with the highest possible grade ( A or 10/10 ) in 1992/1993.

 

For six years Chris was the main subsitute for Andre Ceccarelli in the band of Dee Dee Bridgewater, with whom he played / toured on all the main festivals/venues all over the world.(Blue note jazzclubs,Festivals/venues in Amerika, Canada, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Israel, Aruba, Martinique, Italy, France, Madagascar, Japan, and many more countries)

 

For 10 years he toured with the Amina Figarova 6 with whom he played all over the world (Chicago jazz festival, Newport jazz festival, Blue Note Jazzclub New York, North Sea Jazzfestival/Capetown are some of the many venues they played)

Over the last years he also toured with :

 

Metropole Orchestra, Basement Jaxx,  Jan Akkerman, Hein van de Gein, Deborah Brown, Kenny Wheeler, Tineke Postma,

 

Karin Bloemen, Rob van Bavel, Mark Murphy, Harvey Wainapple,Dmitri Matheny, Bill Solley & Kim Prevost, Rita Marcotulli, Hugh Hopper, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Antonie Kamerling, Jackie Rijan and Dee Dee Bridgewater. 

 

He currently plays with these groups:

The Preacher Men, Rob Mostert hammond Group, Hammond Sandwich, Marley Gras.

 

He has done concerts/recorded with:

Gary Willis, Pino Palladino, Niels Henning Pederson, Bobby Mallach, Randy Brecker, Rick Margitza, Seamus Blake, Oleta Adams, Jack van Poll, Denise Jannah, David Sanchez, Harold Danko, Ferdinand Povel, Piet Noordijk,Paul van Kemenade, Bert van den Brink, John Ruocco, Hans Dulfer, Marjorie Barnes, Deborah Carter, Belmondo brothers,Toon Roos, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Ack van Rooijen, Ben van Dungen, Jesse van Ruller, Michiel Borstlap, Rob van Kreefeld, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Karin Bloemen, John Ewbank, Tony Hadley, Jocelyn Brown, Leonardo Amuedo, Eef Albers, Lois Lane, Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw, New cool collective, Metropole (Orchestra) Big band, Nippy Noya, and many, many others.

 

He also played at the prestigieus world drumfestival, Drum3daagse and recorded many albums from pop to jazz.

At the moment Chris is teaching at de Nieuwe Veste in Breda.