Baseline / Hein van de Geyn
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Hein van de Geyn was born in 1956 in Holland. He played music from a very early age on. He was classically trained by studying the violin for 15 years. On the side Hein played guitar and played Pop and the Blues. In his late teens he picked up the bass-guitar and became interested in Jazz.

Soon Hein van de Geyn was working with some of the Dixieland-bands in the south of Holland, but also formed his first bebop group. With this group he received the award as "best soloist" at the contest on the 1977 Laren Jazz festival. It was after this that he decided to pick up the double bass, and really pursue his career as a Jazz musician. In the meantime though he finished his classical music studies at the conservatory of Tilburg.

After gaining much experience in all kinds of styles, Hein van de Geyn went to the USA in 1980 to tour with Mark Lewis. He decided to move there and did so after graduating, as the first in the country, from the Jazz-department of the Rotterdam conservatory, where he studied with Koos Serierse.

After living in Seattle for a while and being much inspired by Gary Peacock, Hein van de Geyn moved to San Francisco in 1981. Here he was in a band with John Abercrombie and Larry Schneider, played with many great musicians, recorded some albums, and generally learned a lot about the reality of being a Jazz musician.

In 1983 Hein van de Geyn returned to Europe and has since been establishing himself as one of the most sought after bass players in Europe. He has been playing bass with Philip Catherine since 1985, and recorded 8 CD's with him. Hein has played all over Europe and in Africa, Israel, Rumania and Thailand with Philip.
In 1987 he toured and recorded in Japan with Chet Baker. In 1988 Hein started to play with, and arrange for Dee Dee Bridgewater, with whom he has been performing at most of the important festivals and stages in Europe (Montreux, Antibes, Vienne, Berlin, Northsea, London ....) as well as in the USA (Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard, Montreal, Newport Festival ......) and Japan (Keystone Corner, Blue Note). After three albums and numerous tours and performances Hein decided to leave Dee Dee in 1996 to pursue his own career as a leader.

Besides these activities, Hein van de Geyn has worked as a free-lance side-man with many great players, has taught clinics from time to time, and has been the bass player on some 80 records. Hein is constantly writing tunes - many of them are recorded - and arranges for bigger ensembles from time to time. He has also played a number of solo-bass performances.

In July 1990 Hein van de Geyn made the first album under his own name, a duo with Lee Konitz. Several tours followed. In 1994 he created his group BASELINE (see groups) with John Abercrombie and Joe LaBarbara. This group recorded several albums and toured all over Europe.

1994 was also the year in which Hein co-founded with Anne de Jong and Joost Leijen the Jazz label CHALLENGE RECORDS, for which he produced, and is still producing, a growing number of successful recordings. Two of them in fact received an Edison (Denise Jannah in1994, Eric Vloeimans in1999) for best recording of the year.

In 1996 Hein van de Geyn became the head of the bass section in the Jazz department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In this year he also was awarded the prestigious Prins Bernhard Foundation Music Prize. He received this prize for his importance in the development of European Jazz as well as for his stimulating role as mentor and producer of many of the young musicians in Holland.

In 1998 Hein van de Geyn received the Bird Award at the Northsea Jazz Festival. In this year he was also elected as "Best European Acoustic Bass Player" by a referendum of the Belgian radios RTBF and VRT.

During a sabbatical period spent in South Africa in 2001/2002 Hein van de Geyn wrote his "Comprehensive Bass Method". This extensive method on bass playing will be available in 2004.
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