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In 1971 I graduated from school of music, which at time exclusively educated in classical music. My favourite composers in classical music are JS Bach, Schumann, Debussy and Satie. A performance of Rob Hoeke ignited my enthousiasm for boogie woogie en blues, my introduction to jazz came a few years later by way of a record of Lionel Hampton (Apollo Hall concert, 1954).

I am an autodidact in jazz, boogie woogie en blues. Important to my musical development have been pianists and composers like Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Michel Petrucciani en Keith Jarrett. From 1994 till 1997 I followed courses at the DJAM (school for jazz and improvised music) in Amsterdam.

Thereafter I got piano lessons from great pianists like Sebastian Altekamp, Hans Kwakkernaat and Ramon Valle. I played in several bands and recorded a CD with some of them, for instance the Jazz Transmitters (CD: Old Age, with the poet Rutger Kopland, 1997), and the Arikokdos (CD: Wells, you need’t 1999).

At the moment I play with FutureBloque and the Touria Jazz Quartet (Brussels, Belgium). The last years, I started composing, both instrumental pieces, poems and songs. I am also co-producer of the CD “Cancioneros Papiamento” (2006) on which Pierre Lauffer Jr sings and recites songs and poems of his father, Pierre Lauffer Sr.

April 2010: my first CD is·released,·Brussels' Blues

 

 

...don't think of yourself as a jazz musician. Think of yourself as a human being who plays music

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