Hans van Oosterhout



Hans van Oosterhout (Nederland, 1965) started playing the drums at age 7. After secondary school, he was admitted directly to the Rotterdam Conservatoire’s Jazz department. The conservatoire offered him a job as a drum teacher even before he received his bachelor’s degree. He has been a teacher since 1987.

Over the years, Hans has made a name for himself as one of Europe’s most sought-after drummers. He performed with Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Mark Murphy, Oscar Castro-Neves, Nat Adderley, Bob Malach, Lee Konitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Burton, Benny Golson, Red Holaway, James Moody, Bobby Watson, Marc Johnson, Benny Golson, Eliane Elias, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Kenny Werner, Richard Galliano, Lionel Loueke, Johnny Griffin, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Gino Vannelli, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Sylvain Luc, and many others.


An eight-year tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater, playing in Toots Thielemans’ band for 23 years, touring and recording with the Kenny Werner Trio and with Philip Catherine.


Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

“Codarts offers a programme which will help you develop both your skills as a musician and your artistic capacities. We have well-trained teachers who also perform much, in various genres.”

What will you teach them?

“I teach my students to make music in every situation. Subjects of my lessons: grooves, rhythms, improvisation, reading scores, solos, odd meters, and much more. All of this in various styles, jazz being the most important style.”

How will you do this?

“My lessons are dynamic and laidback, but I avoid comfort zones. I will review your strong suits as well as your weaknesses with you. This will allow us to create a programme that suits your capacities and interests.”