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Eric Ineke

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Eric Alexander 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.


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  • 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. ^ http://www.challengerecords.com/artists/1184244552, 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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