Hans was born in the Netherlands in 1965. He started playing drums at the age of seven. After graduating from high school, he is immediately admitted to the Jazz Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory. Even before finishing his studies, he is offered a position as a drum teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory, a position today he still holds since 1987. Currently also teaching at Fontys in Tilburg.
Over the years Hans has established himself as one of the much sought after drummers in Europe. He has been performing with Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Ralph Moore, Mark Murphy, Spike Robinson, Oscar Castro-Neves, Nat Adderley, Bob Malach, Victor Lazlo, Lee Konitz, Rick Margitza, Denise Jannah, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Madeline Bell, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Burton, Marlena Shaw, Benny Golson, Magic Malik, Red Holaway, James Moody, Bobby Watson, Nelson Veras, Harmen Fraanje, Benny Golson, Jesse van Ruller, Peter Tiehuis, Deborah Brown, Dee Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Metropole Orchestra, Kenny Werner, Pete King, Peter Hertmans, Richard Galliano, Chico Freeman, Harold Land, Von Freeman, Lionel Loueke, Anne Ducros, David Sanchez, Johnny Griffin, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Gino Vannelli, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Sylvain Luc and many others.
Now performing regularly with
Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine-4, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Harmen Fraanje,Enrico Pieranunzi-3, Cor Bakker, Bert van den Brink-3, Vaya Con Dios, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Gino Vannelli and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
With these groups he travels all over Europe and performs in the USA, Japan, Canada, Corea and Europe. Next to his stage activities, Hans has been recording quite a lot over the last years. His music is heard on more than 70 CD’s. Both critics and fellow musicians appreciate Hans for his great flexibility and ability to adapt himself to almost any musical situation. Always offering musicality and sensitivity as well as enthusiasm and an open mind to music.
In 1998 The Belgian Jazz Magazine voted Hans ‘Best European Jazz Drummer’.
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