Kevin van den Elzen is a young, in demand jazz-drummer originally from the Netherlands who resides in Los Angeles.
He has worked with musicians such as Dick Oatts, Bob Mintzer, Larry Carlton, the New York Voices, Eric Reed, Barbara Morrisson, Nick Mancini, Kim Richmond, John Clayton, Hubert Laws, John Beasley, Jasper Blom, Mary Stallings, Paquito d’Rivera, Josh Nelson, Jesse van Ruller, Jay Anderson, Ben van Gelder, Greetje Kauffeld, Ack van Rooyen, Theo Loevendie, Fay Claassen, Shirma Rouse, Benjamin Herman, Marco Tamburini and many others. He worked with big bands such as the Bill Holman Big Band, Brent Fischer Big Band, Dave Slonaker Big Band, Mike Barone Big Band, Teryn Re Big Band, Ron King Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Paradox Jazz Orchestra (NL) Bravo Big Band (Belgium), Orchestre de Jazz Luxembourg, the Holland Big Band, Millennium Jazz Orchestra and the Dual City Concert Band.
Kevin started drumming at the age of 3. He started with lessons at age 5. He played in local orchestra’s, jazz bands and big bands in his home town of Oss, The Netherlands. He started studying at age 17 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and studied with Martijn Vink, Marcel Serierse, Lucas van Merwijk and Gerhard Jeltes. Next to these teachers, he had lessons with John Riley, Obed Calvaire and Willie Jones III. He took part in numerous big band projects such as: the Festival Youth Jazz Orchestra feat. Ntjam Rosie, Jazz Focus Big Band, Concert Big Band feat. John Clayton etc.
He graduated in June 2014 from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with excellent results. Kevin is now residing in Los Angeles. He graduated with departmental honors from the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California. He studied with Peter Erskine, Roy McCurdy, Ndugu Chancler and Aaron Serfaty. Other teachers were Russell Ferrante, Kathleen Grace and Bob Mintzer. He got private lessons with Jeff Hamilton and Joe LaBarbera. To study at the Thornton School of Music, he has been awarded with 4 scholarships from the Netherlands (Van den Foundation, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds, Heijkonijn Foundation and VSB fonds and was on a full scholarship through a teaching assistantship position at USC.
Kevin is supported by Canopus Drums.
He plays in the following bands:
West Coast Jazz Hour Quintet and Big Band
Will Brahm Group (LA)
Nick Mancini Collective (LA)
Danny Jonokuchi Big Band (LA)
VDE Big Band (LA)
The LAHO Group (LA)
The Dutch Concert Big Band (NL)