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Sebastiaan de Krom – MD NYJO Academy Big Band

February 22, 2015 by  

Sebastiaan was born in Holland and developed an interest in playing the drums encouraged by his father, a very good amateur drummer who played to a ‘semi-pro’ standard.

Seb first took up drumming seriously when he and some friends formed a jazz-rock band in high school – they played jazz/blues/fusion and were quite successful, staying together for around three years.

In 1988, when Seb was 17, his family moved from Holland to Belgium and, while still at school, he began playing in what were mostly jam sessions in jazz clubs alongside professional jazz musicians, many of whom had played with visiting American artists such as Chet Baker.

By the time he left school, Seb felt that – rather than go to a conservatoire which had a classical music emphasis – he’d be better off learning jazz by playing it in jazz clubs. He also became convinced that the only way to learn jazz properly was to go to the United States.

So, in 1992, while studying law, he attended a course that Berklee College of Music was giving at an Italian Jazz Festival. As a result of this, he was awarded a scholarship and moved to Boston to study music for five years. Seb graduated cum laude with a dual degree from BCM, and afterwards went on to study for a Masters Degree at New England Conservatory.

In 1995 he won the prestigious Buddy Rich Award and from 1997/9 was the drummer for the renowned Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Performance programme.

He has performed with artists such as Herbie Hancock and John Scofield, and between 2001/8 played drums in Jamie Cullum’s regular touring and recording rhythm section.

Currently Seb is the drummer of choice for a wide variety of top UK jazz musicians and groups – he is also a drum tutor at BIMM London.

He was appointed MD of NYJO’s Academy Big Band in February 2015


3 Responses to “Sebastiaan de Krom – MD NYJO Academy Big Band”
  1. Nigel Tully says:

    Welcome Seb – great to have you on the NYJO team !

  2. Sam Millar says:

    Can you help me please Sebastiaan.

    I am currently producing a new music TV show to air in 2016 called The UK Americana Bar.We are trying to sauce a swing band for the intro beginning of each show where the presenter sings.

    If you can point me in the right direction to such a band this would be very helpful to us.
    Thank you for your consideration…..Best, sam

  3. Stephen says:

    Hello Sam
    Please send an email to with as much information as possible and she will be in touch with some options.

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