This concert will be an exciting meeting of two creative top artists. Trombonist Conrad Herwig and bassist Joris Teepe met each other 25 years ago in New York. Immediately they recognized their affinity for each other, both as musicians and individuals. Herwig and Teepe joined forces on many productive projects which included CDs, concerts and jazz education. Herwig is currently teaching at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen where Teepe has been the director of Jazz Studies since 2001. Now, more than two decades later, they continue to perform with each other as prosperously as ever.

Conrad Herwig (1959) began his career in Clark Terry’s band in the early 1980s and has been a featured member in the Joe Henderson Sextet, Tom Harrell’s Septet and Big Band, and the Joe Lovano Nonet. He also performs and records with Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, the Mingus Big Band, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, and Jeff “Tain” Watts Family Reunion Band, among many others. He recorded for Criss Cross Jazz & Half Note Records and was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2009, 2005, and 1998 and recorded live at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. He has been voted No. 1 Jazz Trombonist in the 1998, 1999, and 2002 Downbeat Jazz Critics’ Poll and has been nominated for Trombonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association on multiple occasions, including in 2015. Herwig is a professor of jazz trombone, jazz improvisation, and jazz composition and arrangement at Rutgers University.

Joris Teepe (1962) is from The Netherlands but has been living in New York since 1992. He has been working with many Legends & Stars in Jazz such as Benny Golson, Rashied Ali, Barry Harris, Bobby Watson, Sonny Fortune, Tom Harrell, Chris Potter, Billy Hart and Randy Brecker. His longest stint was with Rashied Ali (John Coltrane’s last drummer), with whom he recorded 4 CDs and toured the world for 9 years.

Joris Teepe has been leading his own groups for 25 years and has recorded 16 CD’s as a leader and over 50 CD’s as a sideman. In 2004 Joris Teepe was nominated for the Bird Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the category “Artist deserving wider recognition”.

A new project of Joris is the CD “In the Spirit of Rashied Ali” which includes a 66 page book. This album was recently nominated for an Edison, the Dutch version of a Grammy. The music on the album will be performed in July at the upcoming North Sea Jazz Festival.

Line Up

  • Conrad Herwig
  • Trombone
  • Joris Teepe
  • Contrabass

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