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Joris Teepe: Bass, Heavy

Joris Teepe

Joris Teepe was a man on a mission when he arrived in New York 14 years ago from Holland. Without a scholarship to any of the prestigious jazz schools in the area and with no promise of any gigs, he came to town all the same in search of Ron Carter. “I never met him, and I knew it was kind of tough to get him to accept you as a student,” Teepe says. “But right before I came here I was lucky to do a short tour in Europe with Slide Hampton. And Slide told me, ‘When you get to New York and you need some help, just call me.’ Slide was the only person I knew when I set foot at JFK airport. So I called him, and he called Ron and recommended me.”

Teepe’s studies with Carter would last only a few months, but he subsequently continued his jazz education by soaking up New York’s intense and highly competitive scene. “I checked everybody out that I could: Rufus Reid, Buster Williams, Peter Washington and all the great bass players I could find around town. I’d hang out every night in all the clubs, and I really learned a lot from that whole experience.”

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