Joris Teepe


JORIS TEEPE (acoustic and electric bass) is an international working artist from Amsterdam and has
been living in New York since 1992.

He has been (and still is) working with many Legends & Stars in Jazz such as Benny Golson, Barry
Harris, Bobby Watson, Sonny Fortune, Tom Harrell, Chris Potter, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker.
His longest stint was with Rashied Ali (John Coltrane’s last drummer), with whom he recorded 4 CDs and
toured the world for 9 years, between 2000 and 2009.
Joris Teepe has been leading his own groups for 30 years, has recorded 19 CD’s as a leader or co-leader
and about 60 CD’s s a sideman.

In 2004 Joris Teepe has been nominated for the Bird Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the
category “Artist deserving wider recognition”.

Teepe has composed over 100 originals, including pieces for Symphony Orchestra & Small Jazz Group
and for Symphony Orchestra, Big Band & Choir.

He leads his own Big Band in New York, performing exclusively his own music. He also performs his own
repertoire as a guest soloist with local Big Bands.

One of his latest projects is the “Trio of Liberty” co-led by saxophonist Don Braden. Down Beat Magazine
selected their CD “Conversations” as CD of the year 2017. This release marks their 25th year of musical
cooperation. Their 2021 release “Chemistry” features drummers Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and Louis Hayes.
Another project is “In the Spirit of Rashied Ali” which is a book that includes a CD, which is all in the spirit
of his experiences with this legendary drummer. This release was nominated in 2019 for an Edison
(Dutch Grammy).

Teepe also established himself as a jazz educator (Queens College NY and Director of the Jazz
Department in Groningen, Netherlands). Other teaching projects include Peter Herbolzheimer European
Jazz Academy (Germany), Jazzinty (Slovenia), ChoJazz (Poland), JZ-School Summer Camp (China) and
Litchfield Jazz Camp (Connecticut, USA)