Eric Ineke

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Eric Ineke
Photo of Eric Ineke taken by Marc Heeman
Photo of Eric Ineke taken by Marc Heeman
Background information
Birth nameEric Alexander Ineke
Born(1947-04-01)April 1, 1947
Haarlem, The Netherlands
GenresJazz, bebop, hard bop, Post-bop
Occupation(s)Drummer, Bandleader, educator
Years active1964 – present

Eric Ineke (born Haarlem, April 1, 1947) is a Dutch jazz drummer who started his career in the 1960s. After a few years of lessons of John Engels, he gained his first experience as jazzdrummer with singer Henny Vonk and tenorsaxophonist Ferdinand Povel. Thanks to Pim Jacobs, Ruud Jacobs, Wim Overgaauw, Rita Reys and Piet Noordijk, Eric became well known in the jazz scene. In 1969 he made his first record with tenor saxophonist Ferdinand Povel and through the years he has played with the Rob Agerbeek Quintet and trio, the Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet, the Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet and the Piet Noordijk Quartet. During his career he has also played with numerous international, mainly American soloists like Hank Mobley, Phil Woods, Lucky Thompson, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Shirley Horn, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Cohn, Grant Stewart, Jimmy Raney, Barry Harris, Eric Alexander and Dave Liebman, recorded numerous CD's and appeared at many national and international jazz festivals (North Sea Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Pescara Jazz, San Remo, Athens, Toronto Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival and New York). For more than 40 years he has been the drummer of the Rein de Graaff Trio and since 2006 has led the Eric Ineke JazzXpress, a quintet in the hard-bop tradition. With this quintet, Ineke got invited in 2011 by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City with jazz singer Deborah Brown where they did a few performances, including one on Kansas Public Radio and a CD recording produced by Bobby Watson.[1] In October 2016, the JazzXpress presented its latest album Dexternity on the Dutch television in "Vrije Geluiden" of the VPRO.

Ineke also teaches at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Ineke is giving masterclasses all around the world. In April 2012 he released his first book The Ultimate Sideman, in conversation with Dave Liebman.[2]

On April 1, 2017, Ineke turned 70 and celebrated this with a ‘Eric Ineke 70 Super Jam’ in the Bimhuis, Amsterdam. During the first half of the concert, Female Deputy Mayor of the Amsterdam city council Simone Kukenheim honored Ineke with a Knightage in the ‘Orde van Oranje Nassau’ for his unbridled dedication to the Dutch Jazz scene.


As leader[edit]

As co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

Lucky Thompson with Rob Madna (p), Ruud Jacobs (b) and Eric Ineke (dr) - 22 November 1968 at Jazz Club B-14 in Rotterdam.
  • With Rob Madna
  • With Ferdinand Povel
  • With Piet Noordijk
  • With The Dutch Jazz Orchestra
  • With Irv Rochlin
    • Quirine, 1980, Limetree
    • Line for F.P, 1982, Munich
  • With Charles Loos
  • With The Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet
  • With Ben van den Dungen Quartet
    • Live at Lux & Tivoli, 2021, JWA Records
  • With Wolfert Brederode
  • With Arnold Klos
    • Heart Strings, 2002, Atelier Sawano
    • One To Get Her, 2003, Atelier Sawano
    • Beautiful Love, 2007, Atelier Sawano
    • Elsa, 2008, Atelier Sawano
    • Peace Piece, 2011, Atelier Sawano
    • It could happen to you, 2014, Atelier Sawano
  • With Sanna van Vliet
    • A Time For Love – with Ferdinand Povel, 2005, Maxanter
    • Dance On The Moon – with Joe Cohn/Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, 2009, Maxanter
  • With Triplicate
    • Three and One, 2010, Self
  • With Free Fair
  • With Rik van den Bergh/Bart van Lier Quintet
    • High slide, Low blow, 2013, Maxanter
  • With B.J. Ward/Donn Trenner
    • Vocalise, 1970, Catfish
  • With Yvonne Walter
    • Bittersweet, 2012/2013, September
  • With Yvonne Walter and The Marriage in Modern Jazzrevival Band
    • Time to Swing - Live at the Headroom, 2021, YK Records
  • With Gerry van der Klei/Boy Edgar
    • Multifaced Gerry, 1975, Poker
  • With The Four Freshmen, Rob van Kreeveld, Koos Serierse and Eric Ineke – with Stan Kenton Orchestra/Ann Richards (singer)
    • Road Shows, 1994, Tantara records
  • With Laurence Fish
    • Sen's Fortress, 2017, O.A.P. Records
  • With Joan Benavent
    • Opening O3, with Matt Baker, Santi Navalon, Voro Garcia, Toni Beleaguer, 2017, SedaJazz Records
  • With The Rob Franken Electrification
    • Together with o.a Rob Franken, Joop Scholten and Wim Essed, 2018, 678 records (Vinyl)
  • With Aleka Potinga
    • Person I Knew, with Ronan Guilfoyle, Chris Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, 2019, Self production
  • With Convection Section/Richard Pulin
    • Confrontation, 1972, Munich Records
  • With Neerlands Hoop in Bange dagen/Freek de Jonge/Bram Vermeulen
  • With Gijs Hendriks
  • With Casey & The Pressure Group
  • With Jossche Monitzs & Hot Club 69
  • With Joop Hendriks
    • Joop Hendrik Quartet feat.Peter Grimston, 1975, Marktown Records
    • Both Sides, 1982, Feel The Jazz Vol. 8
  • With Mat Mathews Orchestra
  • With Wim Koopmans /Jerry van Rooyen Orchestra
    • I Wish You Love, 1987, IP Records
  • With Doug Webb Trio
  • With Joop Scholten
    • Joop Scholten - with Rob Franken, Koos Serierse, 1977, Greensville Records
  • With Joan Benavent
    • Sunrise, with Bart van Lier, Pep Zaragoza, Miquel Rodriguez, Steve Zwanink, 2019, Seda Jazz Records
  • With the Frans Elsen Septet feat. Piet Noordijk
    • Norway - Treasures of Dutch Jazz, 2021, NJA Records
  • Toots Thielemans meets Rob Franken
    • The Studio Sessions 1973-1983, Treasures of Dutch Jazz- Nederland Jazz Archief ( 2022)


  • Dworp Summer Jazz Clinics Dworp 1984/1985
  • IASJ Meeting New School New York 1994
  • IASJ Meeting Accademia Nazionale del Jazz Sienna 1997
  • IASJ Meeting Conservatoire de Paris 2000
  • New Park Music Centre Dublin 2001
  • Conservatoire de Paris 2013
  • IASJ Meeting Royal Academy of Music Aarhus 2013
  • Universidade Lusiada Lisbon 2014/2016/2017/2022
  • Ionian University Corfu 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019
  • SedaJazz School Valencia 2014/2016/2017
  • IASJ Meeting Universidade Lisboa 2015
  • Metropolia University Helsinki 2015
  • Newpark School Dublin 2016/2017
  • Lemmens Institute Leuven 2016
  • Karelia University Joensuu 2016
  • CIT Cork School Of Music, Cork 2017
  • Sibelius Academy Helsinki 2017
  • Pescara Conservatory 2017
  • Drumschool Stefan van de Brug The Hague 2016/2017
  • Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, Lisbon 2018/2019
  • Dublin City University 2018/2019


  1. ^, Biography Eric Ineke Jazzxpress
  2. ^ published by Pincio: Jazz Master Drummer Eric Ineke talks about the artists he has played with since 1968


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