JT was born in Chicago on September 12th 1974m as the son of a German born illustrator and a Chicago [native] stage actress. As a boy in Chicago, JTs family didnt have much. However, JTs father was thoroughly immersed in the Chicago blues scene of the 1970s-80s, giving him the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Howlin Wolf and Hound Dog Taylor and British rockers Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. This is how the young lad received his first Blues experience.
Ross has been playing harmonica since he was just two years old and is entirely self taught. As a boy JTs father used to accompany him on guitar and had the 4 year old Ross sitting in with legendary Chicago blues acts. It was in the famed Checkerboard Lounge on the south Side of Chicago where JT learned many of his tricks first hand at the feet of such legends as James Cotton and Junior Wells. Since then Ross has done numerous acclaimed recordings, played shows all over the world and worked with countless Blues Legends. As one journalist put it It sounds as if JT was born with the harmonica in his mouth.
JT Ross now lives in Santa Monica, California. He plays Hohner Marine Band and Hohner Super Chromonica Chromatic Harmonicas exclusively. JT also plays the drums and percussion, the saxophone, the guitar, the piano, etc.
Reviews of his latest CD Loaded:
There are so many Harmonica/Guitar CDs that it takes a spark of individuality to make one stand out. Example: this 13-cut set from JT Ross.
-Tim Schuller, Living Blues magazine
His chromatic harmonica work is especially impressive on his [original instrumentals] 'Doggin' It' and 'Top Hat'.
Recommended to fans of high quality harmonica blues.
-Mark E. Gallo, Big City Blues magazine
JT Ross doesnt beat around the bush Loaded is convincing stuff.
-Jeff Calvin, Blues Revue magazine
I have listened to the CD Loaded recently and all I can say is that it is great. I have not enjoyed listening to a CD so much before. His sound made me feel really good after a whole day of Law lectures.
-Jenny Turner, Oldham, England
Rene Trossman is a guitar player with a long history in Blues Music. Since turning professional in 1985 Rene has just about done it all. The fantastic Chicago club scene, where he was a regular at both South Side and West Side clubs, playing with the likes of Buddy Scott, Byther Smith, Lurrie Bell, Iceman Robinson, Little Mack Simmons, Lorenzo Thompson.
In 1994 Rene came to Europe, moving to Prague where he now calls home. Since that time Rene has toured extensively in Europe with his own band and with U.S. Blues stars. The current RENE TROSSMAN BAND has been together since 2003. Its a 5-piece band with guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and a vocalist. The band has regular gigs in Prague, and plays all around Czech Republic.
Renes philosophy is to take the listener on a musical ride. The public seem to like the ride very much, as the band is usually called back for encores every time they play. So, check it out, have a look, a listen and see what the buzz is all about!
Trossman took the microphone, welcomed the crowd, and then leapt into a funky blues number that rocked the place along with most of the audience crammed inside of it.
-Getting the blues Elliott Hester September 1, 2003
The Rene Trossman Band has quietly become a major force for Chicago blues in Prague. His tight, bright quartet is installed at U Maleho Glena jazz club every Wednesday, where they've been packing the small club into the wee hours with local and visiting fans. Trossman, a Chicago native leads the newest incarnation of his group with a guitar style influenced by urban blues forces like Albert King, shown off at its best when he burns out classics such as "Ain't Nobody's Business".
-The Prague Post - Will Tizard July 24, 2003
I found the band's rendition of T-Bone Walker's classic, "Glamour Girl," to be exceptional with guitar by Rene Trossman that is very reminiscent of the style forged by T-Bone Walker throughout his career The Jimmy Witherspoon classic, "Ain't Nobody's Business," allows the band to work out on a nice slow blues that includes more tasty guitar work by Rene Trossman
-Dave "Doc" Piltz - Review of the CD: EB Davis - I Write The Checks July 2002
Undoubtedly, one of the best and most authentic blues bands performing in the area of the former federation. As its name, originating in the License Plate number, suggests the band is rooted in Zvolen, Slovakia, where they started to play in 1990. Ten years later they were awarded the Best Band of the Year by the Slovak Blues Association and since then the band has been performing at our stages, too. ZVA 12-28 won this year of the Polish competitive festival Rawa Mazowiecka thanks to the unanimous verdict of the international jury.
Although the band impress consolidated, you cannot overlook the guitarist and singer with the voice of Tom Waits, Noro Červenák. The quartet further includes his brother on the bass Laco Červenák, Boris Čiampor (harmonica) and Tomá Bobrovniczký (drums). Their repertoire shaped more and more own songs with interesting lyrics in Slovak, but also classic blues standards by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, etc. The review of the debut album ZVA 12-28 in the magazine Rock & Pop says: "The biggest advantages of the band are preordained by their frequent playing together. The whole four sounds really compact, no one sticks out, what is not common with other bands. This, of course, does not lower the quality level of all the musicians. It is a case of playing for the band, not for the individuals themselves. Then the band can afford to work with dynamics, what they are successful at. So try hard not to miss them.
The star of young guitarist and singer Jakub Kořínek has been rising dramatically by his every performance in the last year. He presented his mastery, combining old blues standards and his own music, for example at International Resophonic Festival in Plzeň, Non Stop Blues in Most or Dobrofest in Trnava. No wonder he captivated the jury at the last Blues Aperitiv and they accorded him to play at on the main stage of Blues Alive. You had a chance to take a hard long look yourselves. Who did not listen to Jakub´s performance at Blues Alive should not miss this opportunity this time.
Many More (Míra Kapar) and Rocky Mountain (Vaek Novák) played together for a many years in the eminent Czech Blues formation Band Walkin' Blues Band. After the band split up in January 2005, it was just the question of time when the two get together again. In spring of that year they discussed the future cooperation and in the course of time the old acquaintance, Erie Lake (Ale Bouchal), joined them.
During the summer 2005 the trio started playing together and when they were offered to perform at Brtnická kulturní pou at the beginning of that August, they decided to call themselves Many More Experience Band. This first gig resulted in their first alive recording. Now ( September 2005)it is being negotiated whether and how to release this recording.
MMEB is a straightforward band:: direct attitude toward music, direct sound and expression, all risen above, make the MMEB a band worth listening to. The repertoire includes their own work as well as cover-versions of more or less classical songs from the twentieth century, not necessarily Blues ones. We play what we just like, says Many More. And remember we are the best band after Christ, he adds.