Eric Ineke, born April 1st, 1947, started studying the drums in the early sixties, first with the percussionist of the Noord-Holland Philharmonic Orchestra Jan de Gelder and later on with Jazz drummer John Engels Jr but, mostly self-taught.
Eric Ineke began playing gigs in late 1964 with people like Ferdinand Povel, Rob Madna, Piet Noordijk, Rein de Graaff , Pim Jacobs, Ruud Jacobs, Wim Overgaauw and Frans Elsen.
From 1971 until 1989 he was a member of the now legendary Rein de Graaff/Dick Vennik Quartet.
In the seventies he started tours throughout Europe with the Rein de Graaff Trio accompanying a lot of visiting American and European Musicians, such as: Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, George Coleman, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, Pete Christlieb, Dizzy Gillespie, Rene Thomas, Peter King, Mark Nightingale, Charles McPherson, Dave Pike, Ferdinand Povel, Toon Roos, Benjamin Herman, Eddie Daniels, Tal Farlow, Doug Raney, Allan Eager, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Billy Mitchell, Charlie Rouse, Gerard Presencer, Dizzy Reece, Clifford Jordan, Pepper Adams, Bill Perkins, James Clay, John Marshall, Herb Geller, Curtis Fuller, Rob Madna, Bud Shank, Conte Condoli, Ronnie Cuber, Tom Kirkpatrick, Bob Cooper, Houston Person, Etta Jones, David "Fathead" Newman, Julian Priester, Gary Bartz, Nick Brignola, Peter Leitch and David Liebman and played on numerous Jazz festivals in Europe and the USA.
In the eighties Eric Ineke started working with the group of Belgium piano player Charles Loos which included American tenor player John Ruocco, French guitar player Serge Lazarevitch and Italian bass player Ricardo Delfra. With that band Eric Ineke toured all around Belgium and France.
From 1981 until 1983 Eric Ineke was the drummer behind guitar master Jimmy Raney on almost all of his European tours.
He also fulfilled the drumchair in the Piet Noordijk Quartet from 1985 till 1998 and played from 1975 until 1985 in the group "Free-fair" and the Rob Agerbeek Quintet and Trio from 1969 until 1989.
From 1989 until 1994 Eric Ineke was a member of the Ben van den Dungen/ Jarmo Hoogendijk Quintet and toured with them all around Europe and Canada, where they appeared on all the important festivals.
Since 1984 Eric Ineke is also a member of the Dutch Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of Jerry van Rooyen. With this orchestra he went to the USA in 1995 to play a concert for the Duke Ellington-conference in Pittsburgh and also recorded the Music of Billy Strayhorn which gained so much international acclaim (Challenge records).
In 1990 he started as a teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. It was there that he met pianist Wolfert Brederode and bassist Gulli Gudmundsson. Their musical feeling was mutual and they decided to work as the Wolfert Brederode Trio.
In 1999 he started to form a quintet with co-leader Wolfert Brederode: The Wolfert Brederode/Eric Ineke Quintet. The band includes the renowned Austrian saxophone player Harry Sokal, Dutch trumpet master Jarmo Hoogendijk and talented Icelandic bass player Gulli Gudmundsson. With this group he recorded the two international very well received CD's "Trinity" and "Pictures of You" , both available on A-records. They have been touring Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
1999 was also the year that together with pianist/composer Wolfert Brederode he initiated the band Nimbus. In this band Eric Ineke is experimenting with sounds, colours and space. The lineup of this band includes Christof May - Bassclarinet,clarinet and soprano sax, Florian Zenker-electric guitar, loops and effects, Tom van Lent-cello, Aimee Povel-drums and percussion. Their first recording ''Far Enough" on BUZZ -records was very well received in the Jazz Journal International. A new CD featuring David Liebman on sopranosax will be released in January 2003.
Besides being a teacher at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Eric is also teaching at the Koorenhuis, centre for art and music in The Hague.