Jack was born on the fifth of August 1954 in Rotterdam, Holland. In his early childhood he had warm feelings for classical music ( a.o. BACH, MOZART, CHOPIN). After hearing Air (by EKSEPTION) he fell in love with the music of RICK V/D LINDEN.
EKSEPTION, TRACE, THE NICE and EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER were his major influences. This Symphonic Music highlighted his favourite instruments: Hammond organ and piano. After he had some piano lessons, he studied at the ROTTERDAM SCHOOL OF ARTS (1971). At the same time he started his musical career as a drummer in various groups and styles. In 1980 he switched to his first love: keyboard playing in Symphonic Rock Music. He formed his own group SURVIVAL. With this group (1981-1997) he developed his ideas in his own compositions which were a synthesis of classical, rock and jazz music. In 1997 SURVIVAL broke up. For two years Jack developed a more intuitive style of music, played and composed only by himself. The result was the album THE FINAL CHAPTER (1999). For the next two years he was occupied creating his own Recording Studio (BJT STUDIO'S). With this studio he saw no limitations anymore for creating, composing and producing his music on a level that was more to his satisfaction. With the help of vocalist LINDA MAARSEVEEN and guitar players DAVID DEXTER (from the UK), MARIO ROELOFSEN (Purple Rainbow) and JAN PETER EERENBERG (Thijs van Leer Band) he recorded more than 30 songs.
The album CRUSADER, released by MUSEA, is the final and uncompromised result of all this work. No Final Chapter for the music of SURVIVAL!
Presently (2013) Survival is back again in a new line up, with a new Manager and a new Bookings Agency. Currently, they are working on a Video and a new CD.
New Album Crusader
Survival's Progressive/Symphonic Rock Epic Crusader, released by MUSEA RECORDS. (October 2008)