Bassist Joris Teepe is a resident of NYC, but was born and raised in The Netherlands. Last year he was invited to bring his quartet from New York to the Netherlands to perform with the North Netherlands Sympony Orchestra" of which he was commisioned to compose music. Due to the succes of these concerts, Joris was invited in April to be the guest soloist for the Radio Big Band in Bucharest Romania to perform a program of his music. Upon accepetance of this Joris had to re-arrange all the music from Symphony Orchestra (87 musicians) to Big Band (17 musicians). Back in New York Joris showed the DVD of the Bucharest concert to the manager of his label Twins Records and he liked the idea of starting the Joris Teepe Big Band and so in August, after a series of concerts, the band will go in the studio for their first CD.
The band features Gene Jackson, Mark Gross, Donny McCaslin, David Berkman & Don Braden among others.
August 26: Joris Teepe Quartet at B.B.King's (Lucille) with Gene Jackson: drums; David Berkman: piano; Donny Mccaslin: saxophone.
August 27: Joris Teepe Big Band at Cecil's (West Orange) 8 PM
August 28: Joris Teepe Big Band at Sweet Rhythm 8 PM
August 29: Joris Teepe Big Band at Puffin Foundation in Teaneck NJ 8 PM
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