Ron van Stratum

Primary Instrument: Drums

Ron van Stratum

Dutch drummer/percussionist Ron van Stratum has a reputation of being able to play in a wide range of musical styles: from Jazz to Pop, from Latin to Rock. Having studied both classical percussion and jazz/pop drums he can draw from a huge technical and above all musical vocabulary. Ron played and worked with the likes of Jim Beard, Jon Herington, Scott Kinsey, Mike Stern, John Beasley, Mike Mainieri, Randy Brecker, Eric Gale a.o. and leads his own Ron van Stratum band.

Besides that he also is the drummer/percussionist for Belgian singer Nadine Nix and performes clinics and workshops for reknown drums-, cymbals- and percussion companies. He holds a chair as drumteacher at the Conservatorium Maastricht Jazz/Pop departement since 1992...
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I got a copy of “Swingin' in the Swamp” the other day and I’m really enjoying it. I can confidently state that listening to this album will bring a smile to Zawinul fans. Ron cites Zawinul, Jim Beard and Scott Kinsey as influences, and that definitely comes through. Lots of funky basslines, tasty keyboard work, and world influences. Ron’s work on the drums and percussion underpins it all. It’s good to learn about a new musician making this kind of music. Keep it up, Ron!


…great tunes came out using various line-ups in a fusionjazz style with strong worldmusic influences: it takes the direction of Joe Zawinul's music….. absolutely flexible and dense ….A great joy!


As a Leader

Swingin' in the Swamp
Mons Records
Tracks: Zawinizm; Avoiding the Plot; Swingin' in the Swamp; Ode to the Doo Da Day; Sunrise at the Pyramids; Nomads Trail; Round Trip; Little Argument; Mind the Mosquitos; Heat Factor Seven; Let's Move.
Ron van Stratum: drums/perc/vocoder
Jim Beard: piano/Rhodes/synth.
Wilbert Kivits: piano/Rhodes/synth
Mike Roelofs: piano/Rhodes/synth
Andy Middleton: tenor/soprano sax
Peter Hermesdorf: tenor/soprano sax
Roman Korolik: e-bass
Henk de Laat: double bass
Jon Herington: guitars
Berland Rours: guitars
Frank Peeters: guitars
Sam Vloemans: trumpet
Nadine Nix: voice

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