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Berk, Peter

Berk, Peter, drummer, vibraphonist, educator, composer; b. Amsterdam, Netherlands 23 June 1955. Both mother Marjan (an actress/ writer), and stepfather Ruud Bos (dutch arranger/composer/pianist) encouraged him to go study at Amsterdam Conservatory. Classical studies with Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and drums with Ton Rooyers, Han Bennink, and others.

After graduation in 1977 and 1978 spent 3 semesters in Boston (Berklee College) with a scholarship from Dutch government. Studied with Alan Dawson, Gary Chaffee, and others, and played in ensembles led by Bill Pierce and Herb Pomeroy.

After returning to Europe he played on many recordings and jazz- and theater gigs with Dutch musicians like Toon Hermans, Robert Long, etc. Jazz gigs with Harvy Wineappel, Frank Grasso, Bart van Lier, Maarten van Norden, Ben van Dungen, Jarmo Hogendijk, Harry Verbeke, Carlo de Wijs, Loek Dikker and many more. Subbed in the Metropole Orchestra from 1980 to 1986.

Played for VPRO Radio with Loek Dikker's "Benny Golson-project." Toured in Canada with Loek Dikker's Waterland ensemble 1988 featuring Fred Leeflang on tenor and FJ van der Hoeven on bass. When John Scofield did a clinic (at Royal Conservatory The Hague) Berk was asked to accompany on drums.

Since 1986 Berk is teaching at Zwolle Conservatory in Holland. In the 90's he had his own trio playing both vibes and drums for Dutch radio with pianist Henk Meutgeert. He has played 4 times at the famous North Sea Jazz Festival. His sons are Michael and Sebastian and his daughter is Belle Belinda (b. 2003).

Chosen 2nd fusion drummer in polls.
Nomination Denon Swing Award

Jazz Praise; Bart van Lier: Slide, Sticks and Pedals; Future Shock: It's Great; Metropole Orchestra, several broadcasts from 1980-86 (unissued)

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