Eric Ineke

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Eric Ineke started his career in the sixties. Musicians like Philly Joe Jones, Shelly Manne, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane were his inspiration. In 1969 he made his first record with Ferdinand Povel.

From the seventies on Eric played with the Rob Agerbeek Quintet, the legendary Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet, the Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet and the Piet Noordijk Quartet.

During his career he recorded numerous CD’s and toured with many American soloists like Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Jimmy Raney, Barry Harris, Eric Alexander and David Liebman.

For more than 35 years he is the drummer of the Rein de Graaff Trio and appears on numerous national and international Jazzfestivals like Northsea Jazz, Nice, Pescara, San Remo, Athens, Toronto, Montreal and New York.

He teaches at the Royal Conservatoire and Koorenhuis in The Hague. Since 2006 he is leading the Eric Ineke JazzXpress, a swinging band in the hard-bop tradition. In april 2012 he released his first book The Ultimate Sideman.