Haas, Eddie [Edgar Otto] de
- John Voigt
(b Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies [now Bandung, Java, Indonesia], Feb 21, 1930). Dutch double bass player. As a child he played harmonica and, from the age of eight, ukulele; he studied guitar from 1941, played Hawaiian music in Java during the Japanese occupation, and heard jazz on the AFRS network. In 1947 he moved to the Netherlands and in 1949, while in Berlin, took up double bass, which he played professionally with Pia Beck from October 1950. He toured Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark with Wallace Bishop (1951 – early 1952) and France and North Africa with Bill Coleman (1952), recorded with Coleman in Paris (1953), and while working as a freelance in the city accompanied Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, Martial Solal, and Henri Renaud, among others, and performed and recorded with Chet Baker (1955–6). In February 1957, under Baker’s sponsorship, he emigrated to the USA and worked with Terry Gibbs, Blossom Dearie, Miles Davis, and Bernard Peiffer. Later he played with Kai Winding (with whom he recorded in ...