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Bluesin’ the Groove

Tommy Schneller ((tsax,voc)
Christian Rannenberg (p,voc)
Alex Lex (dr)

What happens when two Giants of the German Blues Scene cross paths with a Young Lion playing drums at a jam session and discover they are made for eachother?
They decide to form a joint project to present their amazing Groove - and as they all came together through sheer love of music a trio is born that seeks to express that freshness and spontaneity.
There's no guitar or bass but that's no drawback: the sound is uniquely light and clear.
When tenor sax player and singer TS, the legendary piano player CR and drummer AL make music together, the seasoned Blues lover experiences a totally new and thrilling sound.

Tommy Schneller

The name of Tommy Schneller has fixed itself into the European Music scene, with a list of international colleges with whom he joins at Concerts, Festivals, Tours and Studio-work with his down to earth Saxophone is like Who is Who at a Music Gala.
The way there was a long stony road: together with some school friends he formed a school band, took lessons from the legendary Todor Todorovic, the mastermind behind the Blues group “Blues Company” For Tommy This was the musical way to go. From 1986 Tommy Schneller was a member of the Blue Monday Jam Sessions In Legendary Pink Piano, the Blues nest in the northwest of Germany, where so many Famous musicians started their carrier.
Since then Tommy Schneller presents a band from International Fame depending on what is needed, Tommy Schneller can present a band with 5 members also from time to time with a Horn section (Trumpeter, Trombone, and Sax) This group plays their own compositions influenced by R&B, Funk and Soul everything you want is there, the musicians make sure that the audience have got there dancing shoes on and get up and move to the rhythm.
Red Holloway, one of the greatest Saxophonists said >>“Anybody that doesn’t move to Tommy’s music must be dead!”<<The Bandleader (Tommy) presents himself in a live performance not only as a great Saxophonist and Singer, but also as one of a small group of musicians that can also entertain his audience to a point of enjoyable, warm glowing feeling. Tommy can also rely on his First class musicians not only as a backing group but also as a band in there own right. >>This is not a one man show but a band that knows where to be and what to do, and also contributes there own sound and style into the band. (Tommy Schneller). <<
If you want to listen to the Band go to the Homepage ( there you will find the actual tour dates.
At regular intervals (Monthly Events) with Tommy Schneller´s participation in North Rhein Westphalia>> Greg’s Blues Night<<in Muenster, Rheine, Bergkamen and Guetersloh Here Tommy plays as a sideman and accompanies Gregor Hilden with International Guests.
After the first two CD´s (´Blown Away´/1997 and ´Blues For The Ladies´/2000) Tommy’s new CD (A Heartbeat Away´) will be released in February 2004 by Inakustik. We will be surprised what sort of movement therapy Tommy Schneller and the his Band come up with. The Company “The Aristo Watches” has now taken notice of Tommy they are presenting a watch called `Heartbeat´ a Tommy Schneller-Edition. Tommy has also been recognised by D.B.- Technologies, Experts for wireless transmissions from Saxophone Producer from London, Trevor James.

Christian Rannenberg
Christian Rannenberg (piano, vocals) was born in Solingen, Germany. He learned his Blues directly from the Blues piano masters Blind John Davis, Henry Gray, Willie Mabon and Sunny Land Slim when he was working as driver/tour manager for Rolf Schubert's booking agency. He was a founding member of "Blues Company", one of Germany's best known Blues bands. He also cooperated with German Blues band "Das Dritte Ohr". With this band, he did tours backing up Billy Boy Arnold, J.B. Hutto and Eddy Clearwater.
Encouraged by Eddy Clearwater and Sunny Land Slim, Christian moved to Chicago in 1982, where he fell in with the still hustling and bustling Blues scene. He landed a gig with John Littlejohn's band and worked the Delta Fish Market on Jackson&Kedzie every Friday and Saturday afternoon, as well as working with Jimmy Rogers, Sam Lay, Lefty Dizz and others and touring the U.S. and Canada with their bands. While in Chicago, he teamed up with tenor saxophonist Detroit Gary Wiggins to form the "International Blues Duo", also often working as quartett with bassist Aron Burton and drummer Robert Covington.
In 1983, the Duo went to Europe, working the clubs and festivals, quickly becoming an established act on the scene. They did tours with, a.o., Aron and Larry Burton, Charlie Musselwhite, Angela Brown, Guitar Crusher, John Heartsman and Big Jay McNeely and recorded two LPs.
In 1990, Christian moved to California and settled in the San Francisco Bay area, where he worked with Cool Papa and the Survival Band, Birdlegg and the Tight Fit Blues Band, Jimi Mamou and many more. He hooked up with the great Buddy Ace with whom he toured the so called Chitlin' Circuit in the American south as well as Europe later on.
From 1991 on, Christian was working out of Europe again, recording an award winning duo album with Big Jay McNeely on the Acoustic Music label. He formed his own band, the "First Class Blues Band" with Jan Hirte (g); Thomas Feldmann (Sax,harp); Kevin DuVernay (b) and Tommie Harris (dr). They recorded another award winning album, also for the Acoustic Music label and did many tours backing up Big Jay, Guitar Crusher, Johnny Copeland, amoung others, and joined forces with Bay Area guitarist/singer/songwriter Frank Biner.
Throughout the 90ies, Christian kept a busy schedule, working with Keith Dunn, Aron Burton, Angela Brown and a host of others. The turn of the century saw him playing and recording with (once again after many years!) Billy Boy Arnold, Jody Williams, Deitra Farr, Jackie Payne, James Harman, Doug Jay and Junior Watson. He also hosts a regular Blue Monday jam session in Osnabrück/Germany and did the famous Talking Blues show with Richard Bargel in Cologne while it lasted.
In 2004, Christian produced an album on the legendary Blues piano player Ernest Lane, the man that recorded all these beautiful classic recordings with Robert Nighthawk in the late 40ies. This is Lane's first full length recording under his own name! -keep on keepin' on, Mr. Lane!!-
in 2006, He produced and played on the "Hot Tin Roof" album of the Spanish Blues/Funk band "Los Reyes del KO" (check them out, they are something else!) and has been working with them ever since. He still finds time for a lot of other activities, playing with Angela and Keith, for instance, and recording a tribute to the extremely important and totally forgotten Blues singer and piano player Walter Davis, together with Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Mussel-white and Jimmy McCracklin.

Alex Lex

Alex Lex is a newcomer on the Blues-scene. But he is one of the few young musicians today, world-wide, who embrasses the art of Blues-drumming with all of it’s tradition. His minimalistic and tasteful playing is a direct link to the old masters Fred Below, Odie Payne and Cilfton James, among others.
Alex has been sought out to play with musicians like Angela Brown, Big Dave, Kai Strauss, Guitar Crusher, "Sax" Gordon Beadle and Keith Dunn. When you add to this that he has also recorded with legends like Aron Burton (former Albert Collins, Junior Wells, a.o.) or Billy Boy Arnold, of „I'm A Man“ and „I Wish You Would“ fame, then you begin to get a picture of the level of commitment
and intensity that Alex brings to the drums.

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