Erik van Lier

Erik van Lier (Haarlem, 1945) started playing professionally at the age of seventeen in the Dutch Radio Big Band The Skymasters. As a representative of the Dutch radio company NOS he played three times at the jazz workshop of the European Broadcast Company (EBU) in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Pori and once at the European broadcast competition 'Nordring' in Dublin. During the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival in 1970 he participated in a 'trombone battle' with Slide Hampton, Ake Persson, Urbie Green, Kai Winding and Frank Rosolino.

In 1974 he received a grant from the Dutch government to study with George Roberts, 'Mr. Bass trombone'. During his stay in the USA he also studied with Paul Faulise, Phil Teele, Alan Raph and Edward Kleinhammer, the bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony. Edward Kleinhammer liked Erik's custom-made bass trombone (Bflat-F-D-B) so much that he had a copy made by Shilke, which he played till the end of his career.

Erik was the bass trombonist of the legendary Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. He played in the Slide Hampton-Joe Haider Big Band, the Mel Lewis-Joe Haider Big Band and with Thad Jones' 'A Ball of Fire'. Erik was featured with his brother Bart at the workshops of the International Trombone Association (ITA. in Nashville (1987), Eton (England) in 1989 and in Utrecht (the Netherlands) in 2000.

At the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Erik teaches bass trombone, leads combos, an octet and the two big bands. Additionally, he is a frequent guest teacher with the Bujazzo, led by Peter Herbolzheimer, the Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen led by Wolfgang Diefenbach and the big band of the Graz University led by Sigi Feigl. He did also a workshop with the Royal Airforce Band and performed as a soloist with the Royal Marines Band.

Erik can be heard on recordings of the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, the Peter Herbolzheimer Big Band and on the special brass album First Brass, M-A music, Hamburg.