Hein Van De Geyn was born in 1956 in Holland in a very musical family and started playing music from an early age on. His father was an amateur tenor saxophonist and great Jazz lover. Hein was classically trained by studying the violin for 15 years. On the side Hein played guitar and played Pop and Blues. In his late teens he picked up the electric bass and became interested in Jazz.

Soon Hein 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 of the 1977 Laren Jazz festival. It was after this that he decided to pick up the double bass, and really pursue his dream to become a Jazz musician. In the meantime though he finished his classical music studies at the conservatory of Tilburg.

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After gaining much experience in all kinds of styles, Hein 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, he 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 returned to Holland and has since been establishing himself as one of the most sought after bass players in Europe. He has been the bass player with Philip Catherine between 1985 and 2000 and recorded 9 CD’s with him. Hein has toured all over Europe and played in Africa, Israel, Rumania and Thailand with Philip. In 1987 he toured and recorded in Japan with Chet Baker. Hein was also the bassist on the last concert of Chet Baker in Rotterdam in 1988. This was also the year he 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, Marciac, Northsea, London …) as well as in North America (Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard, Montreal, Newport Festival …) and Japan (Keystone Corner, Blue Note). After three albums and numerous tours and performances Hein and Dee Dee’s paths separated in 1996 since Hein wanted to pursue his own career as a leader and producer.

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