Katja Rieckermann

Music hours:  6:30 to 10:30 // Cover:  $20

Talented and sexy Katja Rieckermann will be playing the music from her latest CD  “Never Stand Still,” her 3rd studio album. Produced by Grammy nominated producer Jeff Carruthers and Katja Rieckermann.

The idea for "Never Stand Still" was born in January 2014 during a lunch with producer Jeff Carruthers. The vision was to create an instrumental version of Amy Winehouse’s "Rehab," basically 70s music inspired by artists like The Temptations, Sam Cooke and Jr. Walker and the AllStars. 

Within the following 2 months Katja and Jeff ended up writing 11 tunes. "Ideas just kept coming at me" says Katja, which she then took to Jeff and he polished them. The next step was an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for the making of the CD which was very successful and made it possible for Katja and Jeff to take some of LA's best musicians to the some of the best studios in Los Angeles. Great artists like Joe Bonamassa and Arturo Sandoval gave the honor of a guest appearance. Now, a year later, the CD is finally done and released on HornStar Records. 

Born and raised in Luebeck, Germany,  Katja moved to Hamberg to study music. Restless and looking for a challenge, she eventually made it to Hollywood, California, the starting point of so many careers. One of Katja’s first high profile performances was with the rock band Scorpions, followed by a guest appearance with the Canadian rock band, Saga. In true Hollywood fashion, Katja was cast as a regular on the hit television series, Allie McBeal and the feature film Star Trek Nemesis. With increased high profile visibility, the entertainment industry quickly took notice of Katja’s musical talent.
 
In 2001, Katja had the opportunity of a lifetime when she went on the Rod Stewart World tour. This opportunity gave her the ability to prove herself as a soloist, performing with the super star on an international stage. Since then, Katja has been on countless tours, concerts, TV performances, award shows and recordings with stars like Al Green, Carol King, Brooks and Dunn, Rue Paul, Jeff Goldblum, and Branscombe Richmont, to name a few. Katja has performed in front of musicians, VIPs and music fans from all over the world, including the Queen of England!

In 2007, Katja released her self-titled debut CD, titled KATJA. She also established her role as the lead saxophonist in Rod Stewart’s band.
 
In 2008,  another big time musician with the same last name as Rod, hired Katja to record saxophone on his Songbook, Vol. 1:  Dave Stewart from the Eurithmics. This occasion was followed by a couple of live performances with his Rock Fabulous Orchestra.

Inspied by her work with big stars, Katja worked on her 2nd CD with Sandi Strmlian, an extremely talented musician, songwriter, producer. Together, they created a new sound that combines pop, jazz, dance and electro house with a sophisticated horn section. The name of the project “Horn Star” is well earned.

http://katjarieckermann.com

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