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Christian Dozzler live at House of Blues in Dallas, TX (2007)
|Born||September 22, 1958|
|Genres||Blues, Boogie Woogie, Zydeco|
|Instruments||vocals, piano, harmonica, accordion, organ|
|1976 - Present|
Christian Dozzler (born September 22, 1958, Vienna, Austria) is a blues, boogie woogie and zydeco multi-instrumentalist and singer from Austria, now based in the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) area. He plays piano, harmonica, accordion and organ, and writes most of his recorded material. He has been nicknamed "Vienna Slim".
Dozzler took classical piano lessons from the age of 5. He started teaching himself to play blues and boogie woogie on the piano after he heard this music on the radio at age 14. Eventually, he also learned playing the harmonica and guitar, and formed the 'Backyard Bluesband' in 1976, while still in high school. In 1984 he got called to co-front Austria's 'Mojo Blues Band', and toured and recorded with them until 1993. From 1993 until 2000, he led his own band 'Christian Dozzler & The Blues Wave'. In 2000 he relocated to the United States and was keyboardist for the Larry Garner band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for two years. He settled in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area in 2002 and continued his solo career. As of 2010, he performs mostly solo piano blues in North America and Europe, but also plays with Texas blues bands like Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, Mike Morgan and the Crawl or 'Hash Brown & The Browntones' on a regular basis.
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Releases with other blues artists or bands:
Among his biggest influences, Dozzler cited pianists Otis Spann, "Big Maceo" Merriweather, Roosevelt Sykes, Katie Webster and Vince Weber, harmonica players Little Walter, Big Walter "Shakey" Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson #1 and #2, Snooky Pryor, and zydeco accordion player Clifton Chenier. As well as other artists in the Chicago blues and Swamp blues styles.