Welcome to my webpage!
I was born in Cologne, Germany in 1963 and started my career as a saxophone player. In 1986 I went to the Netherlands to study music at the Hilversum Conservatory, which later became the Amsterdam Conservatory. I stayed in Holland till 2015. Since the beginning of my career I had the incredible opportunity to get lessons and play with many respectable musicians, like the inspiring guitar player Peter Tiehuis for instance. Also, I am very thankful to Steve Coleman, a pioneer on the alto saxophone. I learned from him not only about music, but also about musicianship. In 2006 I made the switch to bass, the instrument that fits me like a glove!
… is my new trio with two outstanding Jazz Musicians. John Paiva on guitar and Will Lindfors on drums. Having their deep roots in Blues, Soul, Funk and Swing Music we can play the most versatile repertoire and can truly capture the mood and expression of the original work and beyond. If you like, check their biographies down below on this site. Links to recordings will follow soon!
Big Band Rheinische Musikschule Köln – Jiggs Whigham, Landesjugendjazzorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, Jazz Summer Course, Remscheid – Ack van Rooyen. With the Jazz Quintet “F”: 7th Kölner Jazzhaus Festival (D) – Radio/TV, 11th Hofheimer Jazzfest (D), Vrouwenmuziekfestival Enschede (NL), Leverkusener Jazztage (D) – TV, Baseler Jazzwoche (CH), LP Schwarzwaldmädel – Co-Producer Westdeutscher Rundfunk (D), TV (live) – Production – Westdeutscher Rundfunk (D), Radio (live) – Production Radio Bremen (D), TV (live) – SWR Stuttgart (D), Radio (live) – Production Bayerischer Rundfunk, Unterfahrt/ München (D), Best Jazz Band Reward Langen (D), Jazzfestival Grenoble (FR), Saxophone lessons from Ferdinand Povel, DOM7-septet Utrecht – Spain Tour, Sophisticated Lady’s Big Band – Filmfestival Utrecht, TV show ‘Sonja op Zondag’ ,Clarinet lessons from Gerrit Boonstra/ Radio Kamer Orkest (NL), Workshop Metropole Orkest – Conductors Jerry van Rooyen, Rob Pronk and Piet Noordijk
Bass Guitar Lessons from Michel van Schie (Rotterdam Conservatory), Double Bass Coaching from Frans van der Hoeven (Amsterdam Conservatory), Delta Swing Big Band – Joke Bruijs/ TV show ‘Dave on Stage’, Momabepe – funky quartet with Machiel Verhaar on drums, Steely Jazz with Peter Elbertse (steel drums), Pop Up Choir (finalist dutch tv talent show ‘Korenslag’), BB3 -Trio with Phil Martin (Jazzinvaders) and more…