Drummer Jean-Clair de Ruwe (IJsselstein 1982) took his first lessons in the local marching drum band. Soon the drum set was beckoning and he went to drum lessons every week. His talent did not go unnoticed, Jean-Clair soon started playing in orchestras and ensembles in the region.
In 1998, Jean-Clair was admitted at the age of 16 to the Young Talent Department of the Utrecht Conservatory, where he completed his studies cum laude in 2004.
Jean-Clair soon got the feeling that he needed to develop further. Meanwhile, Jean-Clair played on various stages, festivals, clubs and theaters in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2011, Jean-Clair had saved money and made his first trip to the "Big Apple" to take lessons and gain inspiration there. Jean-Clair also did 3 gigs there. That journey made a big impression on him and he was determined to go back again.
In 2016, his drive, talent and perseverance were rewarded with a scholarship offered by the Mignon Music Fund. With this scholarship, Jean-Cair traveled again to New York and followed his lessons with Rodney Green and Kenny Washington.
Jean-Clair is currently teaching in his own studio, where he teaches exclusively privately.
Jean-Clair can also be heard on 3 CDs with trumpet player Gidon Nunes Vaz. He has also shared the stage with: Roy Hargrove, Joe Cohn, Charles McPherson, John Marshall, Howard Alden, Philip Harper, Jimmy Halperin, Ken Fowser, (USA) Bert Joris (BE) Ack van Rooyen, Ferdinand Povel, Benjamin Herman, Frits Landesbergen, Bart van Lier, Martijn van Iterson, Rob van Bavel, Bert van de Brink, Ronald Douglas, Denise Jannah, Millenium Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Art Orchestra, JazzArtOrchestra, JWF Johan Willem Friso Chapel JWF (Army orchestra)