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Ineke, Eric (Alexander)

Ineke, Eric (Alexander), drummer, educator. b. Haarlem, Netherlands, 1 April 1947. His father was Hermanus Ineke (1906-1975), and his mother was Paula Katharina Haag (1902-1949). His brothers are Albert (b. 1925), who played accordion and drums doing traveling shows in the forties and fifties, Walter (b. 1928) and Paul (b. 1932). He had some lessons with Jan de Gelder and John Engels Jr. in 1960s, but primarily self-taught. Old 78s by Armstrong, Harry James, etc. were his first inspirations. He began playing gigs in late 1964 with Ferdinand Povel, Rein de Graaff, Rob Madna, Piet Noordijk, Pim and Ruud Jacobs, Wim Overgaauw and Frans Elsen. During his first, one-month stay in New York in 1966, he saw for the first time Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Lewis, Monk, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ornette Coleman and Jack DeJohnette.

From 1971 until 1989 he was a member of the Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet. Also toured throughout Europe with the Rein de Graaff Trio (to this day) accompanying Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Pete Christlieb, Gillespie, Gary Bartz, Carmell Jones,Tal Farlow, Pepper Adams, David Liebman, etc. and at numerous festivals in Europe (North Sea Jazz festival, Grand parade du Jazz in Nice, Pori Jazz), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal), USA (Duke Ellington Conference Pittsburgh, North Carolina 1991 International Jazz festival, JVC New York). In the eighties toured Belgium and France in the group led by piano player Charles Loos which included American tenor and clarinet player John Ruocco, French guitar player Serge Lazerevitch and Italian bass player Ricardo del Fra. From 1981 until 1983 he played on almost all of Jimmy Raney's European tours. Played in the Piet Noordijk Quartet from 1985 till 1998 and played from 1975 until 1985 in the group "Free-fair," the Ferdinand Povel Quartet from 1966 until 1969 and the Rob Agerbeek Quintet and Trio from 1969 until 1989. From 1989 until 1994 he was a member of the Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet and toured with them to festivals in Europe and Canada. Since 1984 he is also a member of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of Jerry van Rooyen (since 2001 John Ruocco).

In 1990 he started as a teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. It was there that he met the pianist Wolfert Brederode and bassist Gulli Gudmundsson; they decided to work as the Wolfert Brederode Trio. In 1999 it became a quintet which he co-led, The Wolfert Bredrode/Eric Ineke Quintet, with Austrian saxophone player Harry Sokal, Dutch trumpet master Jarmo Hoogendijk and Icelandic bass player Gulli Gudmundsson. 1999 was also the year that together with pianist/composer Wolfert Brederode he initiated the band Nimbus with Christof May-bass clarinet, clarinet and soprano sax, Forian Zenker-electric guitar, loops and effects, Tom van Lent-cello and Aimee Povel-drums and percussion.

Besides being a teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Eric is also teaching at the Koorenhuis, centre for art and music in The Hague.
He is married to Marjo Emmery (now Ineke), she is a flute teacher and performer. One daughter named Jessica (b. 1981)

Wolfert Bredeode/Eric Ineke Quintet: Trinity (1999), Pictures of you (2001); Wolfert Brederode Trio: Alternate Views (1997); Nimbus: Far enough (1999); Nimbus feat David liebman: Festina Lente (2001); Al Cohn: Rifftide (1987); Jimmy Raney: Raney 81 (1981); Dave Pike/Charles McPherson: Blue Bird (1988); David "Fathead" Newman/Marchel Ivery/Rein de Graaff Trio: Blue Greens and Beans (1990); Teddy Edwards/Buck Hill/Von Freeman/Rein de Graaff Trio: Tenor Conclave (1992); Gary Foster/Marco Kegel/Barry Harris/Rein de Graaff Trio: Nostalgia (1991/1994); Ronnie Cuber/Nick Brignola/Rein de Graaff Trio: Bariton Explosion (1994); Dexter Gordon: All Souls (1972); Ben Webster/Tete Montoliu: live in Hot House (1972); Don Friedman/Klaus Flenter: Togetherness (1989); Rene Thomas: Guitar Genius (1972/1974); Rein de Graaff Trio: Bebop/Ballads and Blues(1981), Chasin' the Bird (1981); Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet: Departure (1972), Point of no return (1975), Modal Soul (1977), Cloud People (1983), Jubilee (1989); Piet Noordijk: "Live" (1988), The song is you (1993), Piet plays Bird (1997); Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk: Speak up (1989), Run for your wife (1991), Double Dutch (1993); Charles Loos: Quelque part (1983); Gijs Hendriks: Rockin' (1972); Rob Agerbeek: Home Run (1971), Keep the change (1975), Little Miss Dee (1980); Irv Rochlin: Querine (1980), Line for F.P. (1982); Free-Fair: Free-Fair 1 (1978), Free-Fair 2 (1979), Free-Fair +8 (1980); Joop Scholten: Joop Scholten (1977),; Joop Hendriks: Quartet feat Peter Grimston (1975), Both sides (1981); Frits Landesbergen: Alone together (1987); Rob Madna: I got it bad (1976), Update (1994/1995), Trio feat Ferdinand Povel (2000); Dutch Jazz Orchestra: On the scene (1993), Update, the music of Rob Madna (1994/1995), Portrait of a silk thread, newly discovered works of Billy Strayhorn (1995), You go to my head, Strayhorn and Standards (1999), So this is love: more newly discovered works of Billy Strayhorn (1998, 1999), Something to live for, the music of Billy Strayhorn (1998, 1999, 2000); Sjoerd Dijkhuizen: Afterhours (2001); Arnold Klos: Heartstrings (2002)

Radio and television broadcasts:
Numerous radio recordings: Netherlands, Tros Sesjun (also broadcast in USA), Belgium, BRT, Germany (Wolfert Brederode/Eric Ineke Quintet, Bayrische Rundfunk), Iceland, Finland, Switzerland (Jimmy Raney, Radio Suisse Romande).

Numerous Television recordings: ao Dutch TV: Documentary of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Documentary about Dutch Jazz history and Reiziger in muziek with Eddie Daniels and the Wolfert Brederode/Eric Ineke Quintet.
Germany: Charles McPherson (WDR), Johnny Griffin (SWF), Ack van Rooyen ( SWF)
Italy: Al Cohn, San Remo Jazz festival (RAI UNO)
Canada: Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet (Toronto coast to coast).

Interviews: Jazz Nu(1993,1998), slagwerkkrant (1989,2000).
Algemeen Dagblad (2000), NRC (2000).
Jazz en geimproviseerde muziek in Nederland , spectrum 1978
Chet Baker, By Jeroen de Valk, 1989
Belevenissen in Bebop, by Coen de jonge, Passage 1996
Website: http://www.trombone-usa.com/Ineke.htm

Contact information:
24 Uilebomen
The Hague
Tel/Fax: 0031 70 3640327.


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