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Teepe studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 1992 the left-handed bassist moved to New York City, where he recorded his first album as a leader in 1993, with the American tenor saxophone player Don Braden as co-leader, with sidemen trumpeter Tom Harrell, pianist, Cyrus Chestnut and Carl Allen on drums. A second album of a very similar group was released in 1996. After this he played and recorded with several groups: a trio (the Intercontinental Jazz Trio, with Shingo Okudaira and Tim Armacost) and groups that almost always included Don Braden. Additionally Randy Brecker and Chris Potter were playing in his bands.
In the past years he started working with larger (big)-bands: the Groningen Art Ensemble (with in addition to Braden included among others Brian Lynch and trombonist Conrad Herwig) and the Joris Teepe Big Band. Many songs he plays and records are original compositions, but he also arranges other people’s material. He arranged the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and John Coltrane. In recent years he has also written for larger ensembles and even symphonic orchestras.
Teepe is also actively working as a sideman, arranger, and producer for other musicians. He collaborated with among others Joey Berkley, Ron Jackson, Darrell Grant, Antonio Ciacca, Mathilde Santing, Deborah Brown, Fay Claassen and was a long time member of the Rashied Ali Band. Furthermore Teepe is active in jazz-education: he is head of the jazz department at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen and teaches bass at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
As a Leader
- Pay As You Earn, Mons, 1994
- Bottom Line, Mons, 1996
- Live at the Bimhuis, Via Records, 1997
- Seven Days A Week, Via Records, 1998
- Firm Roots, Via Records, 1999
- For Adults Only, Arkadia Records, 2000
- Jazz In Jazz Out (Groninger Art Ensemble), Planet Arts, 2003
- Going Dutch, Twinz Records, 2004
- We Take No prisoners (Joris Teepe Big Band), Challenge Records, 2009
- "A Beautiful Friendship, 2012
- "Workaholic", 2014
- "Evidence (Intercontinental Jazz Trio), 2015
As a Sideman
- John Reyna Quartet, "Consolidao", Jonn Reyna jazz records, 2014
- Lewis Porter Trio, "Trio Solo, Unseen Rain Records, 2013
- Lewis Porter/Dan Faulk Quartet, Unseen Rain Records, 2013
- Jon Davis Trio One Up Front", Posi-Tone, 2013
- Rashied Ali Tribute Band Live At the Zinc Bar", JazzIntensity, 2012
- Greg Murphy Trio Live At Smalls, JazzIntensity, 2012
- Jeanfrançois Prins "El Gaucho" Challenge Records, 2012
- NJ.com: The Star-Ledger: Bass instincts: Joris Teepe links Europe and America with his distinctive jazz
- AllAboutJazz: Joris Teepe Trio in New York, NY (July 19, 2012)
- "Joris Teepe Quintet", Teanck, NJ Patch. Accessed December 24, 2019. "Bassist Joris Teepe is a Dutch transplant and Teaneck resident who has established himself as an accomplished and prolific composer, record producer, educator, and bandleader."