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First Dutch Modern Jazz Drummer (Hilversum 1-12-1923 - Utrecht 13-7-1957)
Played with various international names like Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Scott, Herbie Mann, Tony Scott, Bob Cooper, Joe Carroll, and Bengt Hallberg, Lars Gullin while living in Sweden for a long time.
Died 13th July 1957 of a brain haemorrhage after an waterskiing accident.
Married to [a=Rita Reys]
6 years after his death an important Jazz-prize was named after him; de Wessel Ilcken Prijs.