Joost Patocka


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Drummer Joost Patocka is one of few musicians able to focus on both the past and the future. He worked on a classical idiom with drummers Eric Ineke and Clarence Becton, which to this day has been the foundation of his otherwise timeless style.

Joost also studied with major American drummers such as Joe Morrello, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, and Carl Allen. In doing so, he developed a way of playing as solid as it is adventurous, helping him become what he is now: one of the most sought-after jazz drummers of the Netherlands.

Joost is a member of the Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio, the Benjamin Herman Trio, and the Maarten Hogenhuis Quartet, and he is one of the founders of Krupa & The Genes.


Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

“Codarts is a relatively small school, where lessons are tailored to the student’s needs. The personal attention from teachers will allow you to develop quickly. These are a few drummers that graduated Codarts the last couple of years: Joost Kroon, Bram Hakkens, Lean Robbemont, Mark Schilders, Niek de Bruijn, and Jasper van Hulten. And now you?”

What will you teach them?

“Among other things, I will help you in developing an extensive vocabulary in the jazz idiom, in developing your sound and musical communicative skills, and with the technical aspect of playing the drums. I will also counsel you in determining the course of your musical career.”

How will you do this?

“Mainly: playing. Once a month, you will come to the lesson with a trio or quartet, and I will teach you by playing. This way, you will feel at home with your instrument, which will help you develop a natural way of playing. I also think it is important for you to attend all jam sessions in and outside Rotterdam. By doing so, you will get to know your fellow students, with whom you might well be playing the rest of your life!”