Hein van de Geyn

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Hein Van de Geyn
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Background information
Born (1956-07-18) 18 July 1956 (age 63)
Schijndel, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Instrumentsdouble bass
Years active1970s–present

Hein Van de Geyn (born 18 July 1956) is a jazz double bassist, composer and band leader from the Netherlands. Van de Geyn also teaches double bass and music.


Hein van de Geyn has played jazz ever since he finished his studies at the Brabant Conservatory in Tilburg and the conservatory of Rotterdam at the end of the 1970s. He lived in Seattle and San Francisco for several years, working with John Abercrombie, Tony Bennett, Larry Schneider, and Larry Vuckovich.

He has been the bass player with Philip Catherine since 1985. In 1987 he toured and recorded in Japan with Chet Baker and performed at Baker's last concert a year later. During the same year, he started arranging for Dee Dee Bridgewater, with whom he has performed at clubs and festivals in the U.S. ((Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard, Montreal, Newport), Europe (Montreux, Antibes, Vienne, Berlin, Northsea, London), and Japan (Keystone Corner, Blue Note). In 1996 he left Bridgewater to pursue a career as a band leader and record producer

In 1990 he recorded with Lee Konitz. Four years later he formed the band Baseline with John Abercrombie and Joe LaBarbera, recording albums and touring Europe. Also in 1994, he helped start the jazz label Challenge Records, for which he produced many albums. Four of them received Edison Awards for Best Jazz Recording of the Year. In 1996 he became head of the bass section in the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In 2001 he began a sabbatical in South Africa during which he starting writing an instruction book, Comprehensive Bass Method. From 2008 to 2010 he was artistic manager of the Rotterdam Jazz Academy at Codarts. In 2010 he stopped his career as a performing bassist and moved with his family to South Africa to run a guest house and artisanal bakery. He continues to write, and is teaching at the University of Cape Town.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1978 Best Soloist, Laren Jazz Competition
  • 1996 Prins Bernhard Music Award
  • 1998 Bird Award, North Sea Jazz Festival
  • 1998 Best European Bass Player, RTBF and VRT


As leader[edit]

  • Hein van de Geyn Meets Lee Konitz (September, 1990)
  • Why Really with Baseline (Challenge Jazz, 1994)
  • Standards with Baseline (Challenge Jazz, 1995)
  • Returns with Baseline (Challenge Jazz, 1996)
  • Woodwind Works (Challenge Jazz, 2000)
  • Deja Vu with Baseline (Challenge Jazz, 2000)
  • The Long Journey with Jean-Michel Pilc (A-Records, 2001)
  • The Guitar Album with Baseline (Challenge Jazz, 2006)
  • Meeting Again with Lee Konitz (Challenge Jazz, 2007)

As sideman[edit]

With Chet Baker

  • Hazy Hugs (Challenge Jazz, 1985) with Amstel Octet
  • Chet's Choice (Criss Cross, 1985) with Philip Catherine
  • Memories (King, 1987)
  • Four (King, 1987)
  • Almost Blue (Chet Baker in Tokyo) (1987)

With Dee Dee Bridgewater

With Deborah Brown

  • Euroboppin (Alfa Jazz, 1986) with Johnny Griffin
  • International Incident (33 Jazz, 1994)

With Philip Catherine

  • Transparence (Inakustic, 1986)
  • Oscar (Igloo, 1988)
  • September Sky (September, 1988)
  • I Remember You (Criss Cross, 1991)
  • Moods Volume I (Criss Cross, 1992)
  • Moods Volume II (Criss Cross, 1992)
  • Live (Dreyfus, 1996)
  • Blue Prince (Dreyfus, 2000)
  • Concert in Cap Breton (Dreyfus, 2010)

With Tete Montoliu

  • Catalonian Rhapsody (Alfa Jazz, 1992)
  • Music for Ana (Mas, 1992)

With Enrico Pieranunzi

  • Seaward (Soul Note, 1995)
  • Don't Forget the Poet (Challenge Jazz, 1999)
  • Music of Wayne Shorter (Challenge Jazz, 2000)
  • Improvised Forms (Challenge Jazz, 2000)
  • Alone Together (Challenge Jazz, 2000) with Philip Catherine
  • Live in Paris (Challenge Jazz, 2001)

With Toots Thielemans

  • Chez Toots (Private Music, 1996)
  • Live (Challenge Jazz, 2007)
  • Live at the Chapiteau DVD (Challenge Jazz, 2012)

With others

As producer[edit]

With John Abercrombie

  • That's for Sure (Challenge Jazz, 2000) with Kenny Wheeler
  • Brand New (Challenge Jazz, 2003) with Kenny Wheeler
  • Topics (Challenge Jazz, 2006)

With Nat Adderley

  • Good Company (Challenge Jazz, 1994)

With Bob Brookmeyer

  • Walzing With Zoe (Challenge Jazz, 2001)
  • Get Well Soon (Challenge Jazz, 2003)

With Philip Catherine

  • Live (Dreyfus, 1996)
  • Cole Porter Songbook (Challenge Jazz, 2010)
  • Guitars Two (Dreyfus, 2007)
  • Cote Jardin (Challenge Jazz, 2012)

With Harmen Fraanje

  • Sonatala (Challenge Jazz, 2003)
  • Ronja (Challenge Jazz, 2006)

With Denise Jannah

  • A Heart Full of Music (Timeless, 1993)

With Rick Margitza

  • Hands of Time (Challenge Jazz, 1994)
  • Game of Chance (Challenge Jazz, 1996)

With Enrico Pieranunzi

  • Daedalus' Wings (Challenge Jazz, 1999)

With Clark Terry

  • Shades of Blue (Challenge Jazz, 1994)

With Jasper van 't Hof

  • Tomorrowland (Challenge Jazz, 1996)
  • Un Mondo Illusorio (Challenge Jazz, 1998)
  • Un Incontro Illusorio (Challenge Jazz, 2000) with Joey Baron

With Eric Vloeimans

  • First Floor (Challenge Jazz, 1994)
  • Bestarium (Challenge Jazz, 1996)
  • Bitches and Fairy Tales (Challenge Jazz, 1998)
  • Umai (Challenge Jazz, 2000)
  • Hidden History (Challenge Jazz, 2002)
  • Fujimundi (Challenge Jazz, 2003)
  • Summersault (Challenge Jazz, 2005)
  • Gatecrashin' (Challenge Jazz, 2006)
  • Hyper (Challenge Jazz, 2006)
  • Heavens Above! (Challenge Jazz, 2008)
  • Live at Yoshi’s (Challenge Jazz, 2008)


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