At age 2 Jelle asked his first drumkit and he got it. Because of his enthousiasm, the poor plastic drumheads were broken after three days…Today, Jelle is an all round drummer who already worked in the music environment for more than a decade now. Genres? Jazz, pop, rock, world music, classical. This began in all sorts of little bands. He graduated at the music school of Turnhout where he had lessons from Dirk Dergent, Swa Mercelis, Lieven Cambre among others.
After that, he began studying at the Conservatory of Antwerp. His teachers for drums where Jan De Haas and Teun Verbruggen. At the last year of his education he had the opportunity to follow lessons with some of the drummers he looked up to. These where: Jim Black, Ari Hoenig, Han Bennink, Dre Pallemaerts, Lieven Venken, Eric Thielemans, Herman Pardon & Pierre Tanguay.
He finished at the conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands, in 2011 doing another master program with Eric Ineke, Joost Patocka, Stefan Krüger & Martijn Vink.
In 2012 until 2013 he studied composition at the conservatory of Brussels with Kris Defoort.
After that, in 2013-2014, he studied composition at the conservatory of Antwerp with Bert Joris.
Jelle plays with a few groups like Close Distance (bandleader), Jelle Van Giel Group (bandleader), The Jacquelines, Tom Bourgeois' Rumeurs, Hot Feet Collective, Christian Klinkenberg Orchestra, Sam Joris Octet ft. Bert Joris, Cal Tjadar Project, Adam's Eve, etc. and also does a lot of freelance stuff.
He had the opportunity to work with some great musicians like Toots Thielemans, Bob Mintzer, Florian Ross, T.S. Galloway, Harvie S, Eric Vaarzon Morel, Bert Joris, Michael Rörby, Olaf Tarenskeen, Ack Van Rooyen, Eric Vaarzon Morel, Freddy Sunder, Kurt Van Herck, Nico Schepers, Frank Vaganee, Marc Godfroid, Serge Plume, Jef Neve, Frank De Ruyter, Esmé Bos, Guido Belcanto, Veerle Baetens, Raymond Van Het Groenewoud, Dimitri Leue, Tine Embrechts, Pieter Embrechts, Axl Peleman, Sergent Garcia, …
Jelle played at the Nanjing Jazz Festival, Jazz A Viènne, Jazz Middelheim, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival among others and toured in Czech Republic, France, Iceland, UK, Romania, Hungary, etc.
Workshops and masterclasses he followed with Mark Guiliana, Gregory Hutchinson, The Monty Alexander trio, Jeff Ballard, Gene Lake, Mark Guiliana, Peter Erskine, Hein Van De Gein, Andre Ceccarelli, Thomas Lang, Andrew d’Angelo, Dave Liebmann, Steve Clover, Claudius Valk, etc.
2/09/21: Jelle was nominated for best musical score written for the shortfilm 'Apocalypse Nog Niet' for the 48HFP Rotterdam.
22/08/21: Jelle got 5th place in the RankMus Cosmos Laundromat scoring competition.
As a composer, Jelle has released three (jazz) albums under his own name, Songs For Everyone (2015), The Journey (2017) and Third Story (2021). He is also active in the HaFaBra world where he writes compositions and arrangements for various orchestras. For the orchestra of the Belgian Navy’s 75th anniversary Jelle wrote a few arrangements of his own songs. His other hafabra compositions travel around Europe and are played in Denmark, Austria, ... He arranges for Hal Leonard, Het Geluidshuis and since 2019 he’s also active as a composer for series/film. He participated in the second season of Over Water, as assistant composer for Raf Keunen, and worked with him regularly until 2021. Through Raf he got to know Michel Bisceglia, whom he also works with occasionally as assistant.
Jelle teaches jazz and pop drums and composition in:
* academy of Wilrijk.
His fundament of teaching the drums is to get the student having full control over their musical ideas and having knowledge about styles, grooves, different sticks/setups. He uses four main pillars to get the student there: hand- and leg techniques/independence, transcribing/practising solos/grooves, conscious movements, flexible automatisms.
His fundament of teaching composition is to get the student to, first of all, understand diatonic music and learn how to use building blocks to make a solid base to build on. Writing good melodies and build chord structures that work. The journey goes from jazz to pop to classical and even movie scores.