I am a scholar of jazz and popular music. I have obtained a B.A. (2007) and an M.A. (2009) in jazz bass performance from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, and a Ph.D. in the Arts (2018) from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) for my dissertation on James ‘Jimmie’ Blanton, Jr. (1918–1942), best known as Duke Ellington’s bass player between 1939 and 1941.
As a (semi-)professional bassist, I have played in various settings, from symphony orchestras under the baton of Jaap van Zweden and Philippe Herreweghe to sideman appearances with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra and harmonica player Toots Thielemans.
Between 2009 and 2019, I taught jazz bass, ensemble, music appreciation, and jazz history in various secondary and higher education music institutions in Belgium. In 2016–17, I was engaged as a substitute lecturer in jazz history at the University of Amsterdam and the Conservatorium of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) as a substitute lecturer in jazz history. I work at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), from 2012 to 2018 as a predoctoral research assistant, and from 2018 on as a postdoctoral researcher.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow for the Research Foundation – Flanders at the University of Antwerp. My expertise lies within jazz and popular music with a focus on (Belgian) jazz history, music competitions, jazz bass playing, The Beatles, and historical recreation in popular music.
Additionally, I am a board member of the IASPM Benelux branch and a member of the editorial board of Forum+. As Jazzmatt Productions, I freelance as a public speaker, writer, editor, expert, and travel guide.