Most locals know just how talented Hein is, but not everyone knows how many recordings he has out there. If you google Hein Van de Geyn –wikepedia gives you some interesting stats :
Hein Van de Geyn has played Jazz ever since he finished his studies at the Brabant Conservatory in Tilburg and the conservatory of Rotterdam at the end of the 70s. He lived in the US (Seattle and San Francisco) for several years, working with John Abercrombie, Larry Schneider, Tony Bennett, Larry Vuckovich and many others.
After his return to Europe he has been establishing himself as one of the most sought after bass players on the continent. Hein’s playing can be heard on some 100 recordings. He has been the bass player with Philip Catherine since 1985 and recorded 9 CD’s with him. In 1987 he toured and recorded in Japan with Chet Baker. Hein was also the bassist on the last concert of Chet in Rotterdam in 1988. This was also the year Hein 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, Northsea, London ….) as well as in the USA (Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard, Montreal, Newport Festival…) and Japan (Keystone Corner, Blue Note). After four 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.
In July 1990 Hein made the first album under his own name, a duo with Lee Konitz. Several tours followed. In 1994 he created his group Baseline with John Abercrombie and Joe LaBarbera. This group recorded several albums and toured all over Europe.
1994 was also the year in which Hein co-founded the jazz label Challenge Records, for which he produced a number of successful recordings. Four of them received an Edison for best Jazz recording of the year.
In 1996 Hein became the head of the bass section in the Jazz department of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In this year he also was awarded the prestigious Prins Bernhard Foundation Music Prize. He received this prize for his importance in the development of European Jazz as well as for his stimulating role as mentor and producer of many young musicians in Holland.
In 1998 Hein received the Bird Award of the North Sea Jazz Festival. In this year he was also elected as “Best European Acoustic Bass Player” by a referendum of the Belgian radios RTBF and VRT.
During a sabbatical period spent in South Africa in 2001/2002 Hein started writing his “Comprehensive Bass Method”. This extensive method on bass playing (950 pages) became available in 2007 and is rapidly becoming the standard work for the double bass worldwide.
From 2008 to 2010 Hein was the artistic manager of the Rotterdam Jazz Academy at Codarts and was leading this internationally orientated school with great flair and enthusiasm. In 2010 Hein decided to basically stop his career as a performing bassist and he moved with his family to South Africa to run a guest house and an artisanal bakery, and dedicate his life to writing and education. He is teaching at the University of Cape Town.
What Wikepedia does not know is that Hein has not stopped performing. He owns Zensa Lodge in Scarborough Cape town and often enthralls his audience with intimate jazz sessions around the fireplace or out in his spectacular gardens in Summer. He also plays the piano every Sunday at Camel Rock Restaurant –which is the oldest restaurant in Scarborough.