He was a member of Johnny and The Cellar Rockers, The Hunters and Brainbox, and joined the Thijs van Leer Trio in late 1969. They continued under the name Focus and scored a few world hits in the seventies. In 1976 Akkerman left the band and resumed a solo career. The reunion with Thijs van Leer in 1985 turned out to be unsuccessful, but despite that Akkerman produced several albums.
At the same time he was active as a session musician with André Hazes and others. Furthermore he played with Alan Price, Herman Brood, Peter Banks, Charlie Byrd, Ice-T and BB King. In 1992 he was involved in a serious car accident, but since 1993 has been active again. Jan Akkerman is a distinctive guitarist, constantly experimenting with new equipment and guitars. Akkerman's distinctive guitar sound is characterised by his pioneering use of volume swells which produce a smooth, fluty, sustained note.
He writes for the Dutch magazine GitaarPlus. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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