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date: 31 May 2020

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  • Wim van Eyle


(b The Hague, Jan 1, 1930). Dutch trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He first toured with a big band at the age of 16, performing for troops in Indonesia. He attended the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (1947–50) and played with Ernst van ’t Hoff (1951) while working in the Arnhem Symphony Orchestra. In 1954 he joined a sextet led by his brother, the trumpeter Jerry van Rooyen, and then was a member of the Ramblers (1955–7). He worked in France with Aimé Barelli (1957–60), Kenny Clarke, Lucky Thompson, Barney Wilen, and others, and in Germany for Sender Freies Berlin as a member of a sextet which included Herb Geller, Jerry van Rooyen, and Cees See (1960–67); he also played with Hans Koller and Åke Persson. From 1967 to 1978 he lived in Stuttgart, where he joined Erwin Lehn’s orchestra and Wolfgang Dauner’s Radio Jazz Group; he was a founding member of Peter Herbolzheimer’s Rhythm Combination and Brass (...

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