Bassist Joris Teepe (1962) is the first jazz musician from The Netherlands to be able to make it in New York.
Arriving in New York in 1992 with just his bass and a suitcase, he took lessons with Ron Carter, quickly met many musicians and started to work a lot. A year later he recorded his first CD, with a band co-led by Don Braden and featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Carl Allen and Tom Harrell. From that point everything really took off for Joris and he became a bassist in great demand. He has been working with the who-is-who in Jazz, such as Benny Golson, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker. Coming from a bebop background it was being a member of the Rashied Ali Quintet for 9 years what really changed his vision on music. When I joined the group we first had Frank Lowe on saxophone (later replaced by Lawrence Clark) and I had no idea what they where doing.
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..Joris Teepe has become musical partners with some of the best musicians in New York. This is due to his status as a bassist who possesses a warm, even tone, and a sympathic, swinging beat (..) but also to his abilities as a writer, arranger, and band leader. - Peter Washington, New York
Willing to teach
Here is an overview of Joris Teepe's activities as a jazz educator:
Since 2001 Teepe has been the Director of Jazz Studies at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, the Netherlands. He is also inventer and founder of the program New York comes to Groningen, a unique system of jazz education with a rotating visiting faculty from New York teaching at this International University in Europe.
Joris Teepe is on the faculty of Queens College in NY as Bass Professor, since 2008
From 2000 until 2012 Teepe has been the bass instructor at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The Wachovia “Jazz for Teens” program.