Eric Ineke

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Eric Ineke
Eric Ineke.jpg
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. In 1969 he made his first record with tenor saxophonist Ferdinand Povel and through the years he has played with the Rob Agerbeek Quintet, 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 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 35 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]

  • The Eric Ineke JazzXpress
    • Flames’n’Fire, 2006, Daybreak/Challenge
    • For The Love Of Ivie – with Deborah Brown, 2007, Daybreak/Challenge, (Edison Nomination)
    • Xpressions In Time, 2008, Daybreak/Challenge
    • JazzXL, Blues, Ballads and Other Bright Moments, 2009, Daybreak/Challenge
    • Cruisin', 2014, Daybreak/Challenge
    • Dexternity, The Music of Dexter Gordon, 2016, Daybreak/Challenge, (Edison Nomination)
  • Eric Ineke Meets The Tenor players,
    • Let There Be Life Love and Laughter, 2017, Daybreak/Challenge, (Edison Nomination)

As co-leader[edit]

  • The Wolfert Brederode/Eric Ineke Quintet
    • Trinity, 1999, A-Records/Challenge
    • Pictures of You, 2001, A-Records/Challenge
  • Liebman/Ineke/Laginha/Pinheiro/Cavalli Quintet
    • Is Seeing Believing?, 2016, Daybreak/Challenge
  • Pinheiro/Ineke/Cavalli Trio
    • Triplicity, 2018, Daybreak/Challenge

As sideman[edit]

  • With Deborah Brown
    • All Too Soon – with The Eric Ineke Jazzxpress/Bobby Watson, 2011,
    • Brown Beats – with The Beets Brothers, 2012, Maxanter
  • With Dave Liebman
    • Lieb plays Alec Wilder, 2003, Daybreak/Challenge
    • Lieb plays Kurt Weill, 2008, Daybreak/Challenge
    • Lieb plays The Blues a la Trane, 2008, Daybreak/Challenge
    • Lieb plays The Beatles, 2013, Daybreak/Challenge records
  • With Al Cohn
  • With Barry Harris
    • Post Masterclass Concert, 1991, Blue Jack
  • With Jimmy Raney
  • Raney '81 (Criss Cross, 1981) with Doug Raney
  • With Ronnie Cuber/Beets Brothers
    • Infra Rae, 2009, Maxanter
  • With Dave Pike/Charles McPherson (musician)
  • With George Coleman
    • On Green Dolphin Street, 1974, Blue Jack
  • With Hein van der Gaag
    • The Second Time Around, Hein van der Gaag Trio, 1974, Polydor
  • With Dexter Gordon
    • All Souls, 1972, Dexterity
    • Afterhours/The Great Pescara Jam Sessions Vol 1&2, 1973, Ports Song
    • Fried Bananas, Live recording VPRO radio 1972, Gearbox label LP( vinyl) GB1535 ( U.K.) and available on CD, 2016
  • With Ben Webster
  • With Don Friedman
    • Togetherness, 1989, Limetree
  • With René Thomas (guitarist)
    • Guitar Genius, 1972, RTBF
  • With Rein de Graaff
  • With Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet/Sextet
  • With Scott Hamilton and Rein de Graaff trio
    • Live at the Jazzroom, Breda the Netherlands, 2013, Jazzroom
  • With Rob Agerbeek
    • Home Run, 1971, Blue Jack
    • Keep the Change, 1975, Munich
    • Little Miss Dee, 1980, Limetree
  • With Rob Madna
    • I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good, 1976, Atelier Sawano
    • Broadcast Business ’76 – with Ferdinand Povel, 1976, Daybreak/Challenge
    • The Music of Rob Madna – with Dutch Jazz Orchestra, 1994/'95, Challenge
    • En Blanc et Noir – with Ferdinand Povel, 2000, Daybreak/Challenge
  • With Ferdinand Povel
    • Calling Joanna, 1969, Cat Jazz
    • Live at Café Hopper – with Rob Madna, 2000, Daybreak/Challenge
  • With Piet Noordijk
    • Piet Noordijk Quartet Live, 1988, Varagram
    • The Song is You, 1993, Timeless Records
    • Piet plays Bird, 1997, Via Records
  • With The Dutch Jazz Orchestra
    • Jerry van Rooyen – On the Scene, 1993, Timeless Records
    • The Music of Billy Strayhorn, 1995/2002, 4 CD Box, Challenge
    • The Lady Who Swings The Band, 2005, Challenge
    • Moon Dreams, 2006, Challenge
    • Out of the Shadows Billy Strayhorn, 2014, Storyville records
  • With Irv Rochlin
    • Quirine, 1980, Limetree
    • Line for F.P, 1982, Munich
  • With Charles Loos
    • Quelque Part, with Charles loos/John Ruocco/Serge Lazarevitch/Ricardo Del Fra, 1983, LDH
  • With The Ben van den Dungen/Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet
  • With Wolfert Brederode
    • Alternate Views, 1997, A-Records/Challenge
    • Far Enough – with Nimbus, 1999, Buzz/Challenge
    • Festina Lente – with Nimbus/Dave Liebman, 2001, Buzz/Challenge, (Edison Nomination)
    • En Blanc et Noir – with Jasper Blom, 2003, Daybreak/Challenge
  • 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 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)


  • 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
  • Ionian University Corfu 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018
  • 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
  • Dublin City University 2018


  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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