Hein van de Geyn

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Hein van de Geyn

Hein van de Geyn (born July 18, 1956 in Schijndel ) is a Dutch jazz bassist and composer.

Live and act

Van de Geyn had a classical music education (recorder, violin) and then switched to the guitar and finally to the bass guitar as an adolescent. He played Dixieland jazz in South Holland and founded a bebop band with which he performed at the 1977 jazz festival in Laren , where he was recognized as the best soloist. He also played with Erik Vermeulen's trio . He switched to the double bass . He completed a (classical) music education at the Conservatory in Tilburg before enrolling in the jazz course at the Rotterdam Conservatory .

He went to the United States for further education and played with Mark Lewis, then moved to Seattle and San Francisco. Van de Geyn came back in 1985 and has since played with musicians like Jean "Toots" Thielemans , Chet Baker , Philip Catherine , Lee Konitz , Jack van Poll , Tal Farlow and Dee Dee Bridgewater and founded the band project Baseline , in which John Abercrombie for several years participated.

Van de Geyn is valued both as a soloist and as an accompanist. He taught at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague ; since 2008 he has been artistic director of the jazz department at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 2010 he retired from active musical life; he now runs a lodge in South Africa.

Prizes and awards

In 1998 he won the Bird Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival . He was also able to unite the most votes in a competition of the Belgian radio stations RTBF and VRT as "Best European Acoustic Bassist". In 2002 he received the Edison Jazz Award audience award for the album Tenderly with Paulien van Schaik .

Selection discography

  • "Meets - Van de Geyn / Konitz" (1990)
  • "Returns - Baseline" (1996, with John Ruocco )
  • "Woodwind Works - Hein Van de Geyn" (1999)
  • "Guitars - Baseline" (2006)

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