Dré Pallemaerts
Belgium
Dr Pallemaerts was born on 14 july 1964, got his first drumset at the age of 5, started playing dance music with his brother Jacky Pallemaerts when he was 10 and got into Jazz at the age of 14.

In 1975, Pallemaerts starts studying music at the Academy in Antwerp.

At 17, he meets American bassist John Clayton, known for his collaboration with Monty Alexander. John Clayton brings Dr in contact with drummer Jeff Hamilton, who invites him to study with him in in Los Angeles, '84.

In 1985, Dr appears at the Singapore Jazz Festival, sent by the Belgian Ministry of Culture. Back in Belgium, Dr rapidly integrates the local scene, playing with the best Belgian jazzmen: Steve Houben, Jacques Pelzer, Michel Herr, Bert Joris, Charles Loos and others...

Dutch pianist Jack Van Poll hires him for his trio with bassist Hein Van De Geyn. The trio accompanies several soloists such as Arnett Cobb, Spike Robinson, Dave Pike and several American singers, such as Etta Cameron, Deborah Brown and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

With singer Dee Daniels, he tours throughout Europe, Africa and the US, where he stays for a while in Seattle, and works with singer Ernestine Anderson, pianist James Williams and trumpeter Art Farmer.

With pianist Michel Herr and bassist Hein Van De Geyn, he accompanies several soloists : Slide Hampton, Wolfgang Engstfeld, John Ruocco. With Herr, Van De Geyn and trumpet player Bert JORIS, he tours and records with US saxophonist Joe Lovano.

In 1988, he stays during 8 months in New York, playing a.o. with Judy Niemack, John Campbell, Fred Hersch, David Kikoski, etc.

Back in Belgium, he joins guitarist Philip Catherine's Trio during 3 years, with Hein Van De Geyn, and tours throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. He also tours and records with French guitarist Serge Lazarevitch.

In 1991, he receives the Prize of "Youth and Music Flanders".

He was a member of the Bob Brookmeyer Quartet (1 awarded CD), Toon Roos Quartet, Kurt Van Herck Quartet, Kris Defoort Trio, Erwin Vann Trio & Quartet, Worlds, Mother, The Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Michel Herr Trio, European Quintet, Mk's Spirit, The Frank Vagane Trio etc...

One of Belgium's most active drummers, he appeared with many soloists, such as Toots Thielemans, Junior Cook, Teddy Edwards, Mal Waldron, Norma Winstone, Red Holloway, Archie Shepp, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Steve Grosman, Mark Turner, Kenny Werner, Kenny Weeler, Chris Potter......

In 1998, he participated in the recording of the Bert Joris soundtrack for the movie "Bal Masqu" (Julien Vreebos), available on CD.

More recently Dr Pallemarts played with the trio of US pianist Bill Carrothers. He apperas on the cd "Swing Sing Songs".

He is also working on a electronic music project under the name DP, recording and touring with Bill Carrothers 3 and playing regulary with Toots Thielemans.

Dr Pallemarts currently teaches at the Lemmens Instituut in Leuven.
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