He had made his mark as a jazz player and started working with multiple renowned artists during the second decade of this century, including Caro Emerald, The Kyteman Orchestra, Qeaux Qeaux Joans, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Hans Dulfer, Ntjam Rosie and many others. Others like for example American soul legend Frank McComb (Buckshot LeFonque), with whom he boldly jumped on stage in 2013 to play a solo on his hit-song “Another Day”. After this specific concert had ended, McComb stated ‘from now on, you are with ME’. This resulted in multiple concerts with McCombs quartet, including the Klaipeda Castle Festival in Latvia, and an appearance on McCombs album “Another Love Story” (2016).
In 2014, Teus released his second album, “Legacy”. With a fully renovated band, he honored the legacy of his trumpet heroes, such as Roy Hargrove, Christian Scott and Woody Shaw. Ilja Reijngoud (trombone) and Ben van den Dungen (tenor) made guest appearances on this new album, which was again welcomed with praising reviews and a Laren Jazz Award (2015). Teus made his first appearances on television as a composer and bandleader, performing his music in “Vrije Geluiden” and “De Wereld Draait Door”.
Album number three followed in 2016. A cooperation with producer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Merlijn Verboom resulted in the album “Social Music”. The title refers to a Miles Davis quote in which he preferred to call jazz ‘social music’. Their ‘dirty electronic jazz’ album made a blend between electronics and acoustic instruments like violin (Yannick Hiwat), bass clarinet (Joris Roelofs) and bassoon (Bram van Sambeek). With the Social Music quintet and Hiwat on violin, Teus made his debut as a bandleader on the North Sea Jazz Festival (2016).
In search of stretching the boundaries of his musical skills, Teus decided to obtain his masters degree in jazz at Codarts University of the Arts between 2016 and 2018 (Rotterdam), even though it had been 10 years after completing his bachelor in 2006. He dedicated his artistic research to the intellectual legacy of trumpeter Woody Shaw and received his Master of Music degree certificate (graduated Cum Laude) on July 4th 2018, the joyful day of his birthday on which he brought his parents the news of the expectance of their grandson Bix, named after trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke.
In August 2018, Teus was featured as guest soloist with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. In the (sold-out) big hall of the renowned Concertgebouw and with Yuri Honing on tenor, they performed the concert “A Tribute To Miles Davis” – including Teus’ original composition “Quiet Now”, arranged for bigband.