picture: Johan Janssen
Eddy Veldman began his musical career at the National Music School that was founded by the Noordpool brothers in the working-class neighbourhood ‘Frimangron’ in Paramaribo, Suriname.
In 1971 he crossed the ocean to the Netherlands to settle in Amsterdam. At first he combined his work with music with a professional soccer career, but after a serious knee injury he began working as a drummer in several soul, funk and jazz formations. He played for, among others, Solat, Mai Tai and Hans Dulfer’s backing band, De Perikels. He has performed with people like Stanley Lokhin, Glenn Gaddum and Frankie Douglas and jammed with Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller.
He stood at the helm of several groups and in 1981, along with bassist Pablo Nahar, co-founded the Surinam Music Ensemble. This ensemble pioneered the development of “Paramaribop”, a combination of jazz, bebop and kaseko and has since then recorded four albums. Together with the Surinam Music Ensemble and the funk group ‘Hip’, Eddy Veldman performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Veldman is session musician and teacher at Muziekschool Amsterdam and at his own Eddy Veldman Drum Academy.
Opoyeye: Grateful to MRP
Paul Heller trio: Just another lullaby
Ray Anderson, Han Bennink, Christy Doran: Azurety
Surinam Music Ensemble: Glenn’s Mood and Not for Now
Elvin Jones Jazz Machine: Kalima and Remembrance
Miles Davis: Round Midnight
Jo Jones: I got Rhythm part 1