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More than thirty years on the blues-scene have provided the
multi-instrumentalist Christian Dozzler (vocals, piano,
harmonica, organ, accordion), a.k.a. "Two Meters of Blues" because of
his 6'7" height, with a musical background that is rarely found among
Europe's blues musicians. In the year 2000 he relocated to the USA and
is currently based in Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas.
Christian Dozzler was born into a musical family in Vienna, Austria on September 22nd, 1958. He started getting classical piano training when he was five years old. At age 14 he fell in love with the blues and has continued this romantic relationship ever since.
Solo piano-blues and boogie woogie were the starting point and are until now a major part in Christian's work. In 1976 he formed his first group, the "Backyard Bluesband", where he also played harmonica and guitar. 1981 was the year when he decided to make a profession out of his musical addiction, he also picked up the accordion after discovering Zydeco-music.
The years from 1984 till 1993 Christian spent as the co-frontman of Vienna's "Mojo Blues Band", started recording and extensive touring throughout Europe. Regularly working with American blues artists has widened his musical horizon and made him an experienced player in several different styles of blues music.
From 1993 till 2000 he had his own band again: "CHRISTIAN DOZZLER & THE BLUES WAVE", where he could finally bring The Whole variety of his talent into play. The program was a musical journey from Chicago-Blues, Boogie Woogie, Rhythm & Blues to Swamp Blues and Zydeco, and anything in between. Especially the Louisiana music would soon become a trade mark of this band. Four CDs resulted from these years. In 1999 the band recorded their fourth CD "Louisiana" right in the land of the bayous, together with some legendary figures of the Louisiana music scene. The CD has since found international critical acclaim.
In May 2000 Christian Dozzler accepted an offer that couldn't be
refused. He joined the Baton Rouge, Louisiana based band of Larry
Garner, moved to America, and toured the US and the rest of the world
with Larry for two years.
CONCERTO-POLL 1998: in the yearly poll of Austria's biggest music-magazine the CD "SMILE AWHILE" was voted "Best Blues CD".
CONCERTO-POLL 2000: Christian Dozzler was elected "Best Blues/Roots Musician".
TROPHEES BLUES FRANCE 2000: At the french "blues-Grammies" Christian Dozzler was nominated in two categories. As "Best European Blues Singer" and "Best European Blues Artist".
BLUES CRITIC AWARDS 2008 : Christian Dozzler nominated for "Best Blues Keyboardist".
FESTIVAL APPEARANCES IN RECENT YEARS:
Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival - Montego Bay, Jamaica