in Antwerp in 1964, Dré PALLEMAERTS receives his first drums at the age
of 15. In 1975, he starts studying music at the Academy in Antwerp. At the age
of 15, he discovers jazz playing charts by BASIE and ELLINGTON in big bands.
At 17, he meets American bassist John
CLAYTON, known for his collaboration with Monty ALEXANDER. John CLAYTON brings Dré
in contact with drummer Jeff HAMILTON, who invites him to study with him in the
U.S. in 1984.
Some of Dre's accomplishments:
- In 1985, Dré appears at the
Singapore Jazz Festival, sent by the Belgian Ministry of Culture. Back in
Belgium, Dré rapidly integrates the local scene, playing with the best
Belgian jazzmen : Steve
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
RUOCCO. With HERR, VAN DE GEYN and trumpet player Bert JORIS, he tours
and records with American saxophonist Joe
- In 1988, he stays eight months in
New York, playing with Judy
NIEMACK, John CAMPBELL, Fred HERSCH, and David KIKOSKI.
- Back in Belgium, he joins guitarist Philip
CATHERINE's Trio, with Hein VAN DE GEYN, and tours throughout Europe,
Asia and Africa. He also tours and records with French guitarist Serge
In 1991, he receives the Prize of "Youth and
- He teaches at the Jazzstudio in
Antwerp, at the Lemmens Instituut in Leuven, gives workshops everywhere, at
the Rotterdam Conservatory, the Swiss Jazz School in Bern, etc.
- 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
HERR Trio, European Quintet, MÄÄK's
SPIRIT, the Frank
VAGANÉE 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...
- Dré PALLEMAERTS also owned a
recording studio, for which he was one of the engineers.
- In 1998, he participated in the
recording of the Bert JORIS soundtrack for the movie "Bal Masqué"
(Julien VREEBOS), available on CD.
- He recently started a bass 'n' drum
trio, MOTHER, with saxophonist Erwin VANN and bassist Otti
VAN DER WERF, now a quartet with Anne VAN DER PLASSCHE on vocals.
- "Swing Sing Songs" Bill Carrothers (Birdology, March 2001
- Three-oh in One" Jack Van Poll
- "Oscar" Philip Catherine
- "London Baby" Serge
- "Heart of the Matter"
Hogendijk-Van den Dungen (Timeless)
- "Till next Time" Ben
- " Moon to your Sun" David
- "If One More Day" Diederik
Wissels-David Linx (Crepuscule)
- "Walk with a Lion" Serge
- "The Human Feel" Toon Roos
for Jazz" Charles Loos (Lyrae)
soundtrack of Bal Masqué" Bert Joris (Polygram)
Kris Defoort (Werf)
Erwin Vann's Worlds (JAS)
- "Sweet Seventina" Bert
- "Touch of Colour" Tars
Lootens (T-T Prod.)
- "Solid Steps" Joe Lovano
- "Some Sounds" Erwin Vann
- "Song for Mbizo" Chris
- "Make Someone Happy" Mary
Kay-Toots Thielemans (Gam)
- "No wall, No war" Charles
- "Claire Foster sings Wayne
day, another dollar" Kurt Van Herck (Igloo)
Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BRTN R3)
of Life" Michel Herr (Igloo)
Trios" Frank Vaganée Trio feat. John Ruocco (Werf)
- "Second Step" Andy Sherrer