Pierre, the son of a jeweler, was born April 23, 1940, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He studied percussion along with composition and piano at the Hogeschool der Kunsten (HKA) in Arnhem.
After finishing his studies in 1960 Pierre left for Paris, the center of Jazz in Europe at the time. There he worked with a number of jazz giants (pianist Kenny Drew, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, saxophonists Stan Getz and Johnny Griffin and guitarist René…
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