As a musician it is a non-stop rise and fall towards creating something that surprises and moves the listeners. This site will show you some of the results.

At the age of 17 I decided to pick up the double bass. Brought up by jazz, improvised music and pop, I’m still exploring the great possibilities of me & my instrument every day along with an almost countless number of other musicians.

I teach double bass at the Jazz & Pop department  of the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem.


  • New CD Reflections of Duke by HOT & Brass is received enthousiastic by the press! Read this review by Rinus van der Heijden.
  • GIST is a collective of musicians from Utrecht. September 3rd the first GIST Festival took place! Gist will continue at the Museum Speelklok. Next concert event: Friday December 4th!
  • The title of my solo double bass cd will be I PLAY ME. It contains 19 pieces and will be released in february 2021.

Upcoming concerts…

  • November 27, Playstation, Paradox, Tilburg, 19.00 & 21.00 (2 shows)
  • December 4, Trio Frans Vermeerssen/Han Bennink/Dion Nijland, Rietveld gebouw, ArtEZ, Arnhem, 13.30
  • December 4, Playstation, Pro Jazz, Den Hague, 19.00 & 21.00 (2 shows)
  • December 6, Playstation, De Vermaning, Zaandam, 16.00
  • January 2021, GIST concertavond, oa Duo Rogier Hornman/Dion Nijland, Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, 19.00 & 20.15 (2 shows)
  • January 24, HOT (Het Orgel Trio), Reflections of Duke, Jazz in Feerwerd, Kerk te Garnwerd, 16.00