Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ron van Stratum: Swingin' In The Swamp (2010)

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Ron started out beating rhythms on his mom’s pots and pans before getting his first real drum at the age of 4. During his childhood he joined the local drumcorps and got a ‘no brand’ green sparkle 4 piece drumkit. At age 12 he became Dutch champion in rudimental drumming. Following his passion for drums and musicianship, Ron studied Classical Percussion at the conservatory of Tilburg (NL) and Jazz drums at the Maastricht conservatory (NL). After graduating in 1993, he was asked to join the teachers staff at the Maastricht conservatory, where he still teaches to this day. Van Stratum is known for his ability to play a variety of musical styles such as jazz, pop, worldmusic, latin, R&B, rock, and his outstanding sensitive way of comping for singers.
Over the years Ron has played and worked with countless bands and musicians, to name just a few: Randy Brecker, Brian Bromberg, Mike Mainieri, Bob Sheppard, Mike Stern, Jim Beard, John Beasley, Eric Gale, Scott Kinsey, Christoph Eidens, Andy Middleton, Lynle Marthe, Emile van Egdom, Sam Vloemans, Henk de Laat, Mike Roelofs, Wilbert Kivits, Nadine Nix, Hakim Ludin, Peter Hermesdorf, Frank Peeters, Roman Korolik, Jon Herington, Martin Verdonk, Dirk Schreurs, Jo Lemaire, Margriet Eshuijs, Bart Fermie, Gerard van Maasakkers, Surfcake and many, many more.....
Besides playing sessions, teaching and leading his own projects, Ron is the drummer for Nadine Nix’s band and Henk de Laat . To this day Ron has 3 CDs out as a leader.
01. Zawinizm
02. Avoiding The Plot
03. Swinging In The Swamp
04. Ode To The Doo Da Day
05. Sunrise At The Pyramids
06. Nomads Trail
07. Round Trip
08. Little Argument
09. Mind The Mosquitos
10. Heat Factor Seven
11. Let's Move
Ron van Stratum: Drums,Percussion
Jim Beard: Keyboards
Mike Roelofs: Keyboards
Wilbert Kivits: Keyboards
Jon Herington: Guitar
Frank Peters: Guitar
Berland Rours: Guitar
Roman Korolik: Bass
Henk de Laat: Acoustic Bass
Peter Hermesdorf: Saxophone
Andy Middleton: Saxophone
Sam Vloemans: Trumpet
Nadine Nix: Vocals
Swingin' In The Swamp
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