Dennis Gruenling

DENNIS GRUENLING is without a doubt one of the baddest, swingingest, most innovative harmonica blowers on the planet.  His dynamic style draws inspiration not only from Blues icons like Little Walter, but also from great jazz horn players like Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet. Equally adept at chromatic and diatonic harmonica, Dennis rocks and swings with a vengeance — snapping his fingers,  blowing cool and soulful lines with a natural ease as the band drives with a steady, swinging beat.

Click the CD to hear or buy the music!

“ROCKIN’ ALL DAY” is a solid house party record.  It features Gruenling’s touring partner, singer/guitarist Doug Deming, who is also a recently-signed VizzTone artist.  Serious road dogs, in August 2012 Dennis, Doug and the band embarked on an East Coast tour of 28 shows in 26 days!  Doug shares Dennis’s passion for the jump blues that once dominated the airwaves.  He can turn heads with his tasty guitar licks, as his scintillating vocals are punctuated by Gruenling’s potent harp fills. Half the tracks feature Doug’s regular band, The Jewel Tones –the rest of the cuts feature players Dennis has worked with over the years in his road band.  The record was recorded in Sarasota FL by Ed Kinder, and in Glen Ridge NJ by frequent collaborator and VizzTone labelmate Dave Gross.

In his spare time, Dennis can be found teaching other harp players, and every Thursday afternoon you can hear his “Blues & the Beat” radio program on WFDU-FM in New Jersey, with Dennis playing a host of rare records from his vast  collection.

 

 

Awarded “Best Modern Blues Harmonica Player” 3 years in a row from REAL BLUES MAGAZINE

“Dennis Gruenling has become the new harp player’s harp player…one of the most critically acclaimed of his generation” – JUKE JOINT SOUL

“Gruenling is a spectacular harmonica player, easily one of the best recording today…” – BLUES BYTES

“Dennis Gruenling is a leading light among a new generation of blues harp players…a true innovator… Gruenling stands poised to claim a spot in the pantheon of blues harp greats” – BLUES REVUE

 

DENNIS GRUENLING MUSIC

ARTIST WEBSITE

A HARP PLAYER’S TAKE ON DENNIS GRUENLING’S TECHNIQUE