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Katja Rieckermann

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Katja Rieckermann was born February 24th, 1966 in Luebeck, Germany. She did not start playing the saxophone until the age of 21, even though she always wanted to learn an instrument. Her parents had other ideas, wanting her to pursue a more "serious" career, but immediately after she started
to play, it was apparent that Katja had made a good career choice.

She spent a couple of years studying alto, tenor and baritone sax, at the Yamaha Music School, the Kontaktstudium Popularmusik, and the prestigious Berkelee College of Music, all in Germany. As a result, she was able to begin work as a professional musician in several German bands.

After appearing in live concert with Germany's The Scorpions in 1997, and as a guest soloist with the Canadian rock band Saga on their Scandinavian tour, she decided to move to the States in 1998. Her brother, Ralph Rieckermann, had been living
there for several years, after a successful 12 year stint as The
Scorpions' bass player.

In 2000, Katja joined Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse on tour, and continued to appear locally with actor Jeff Goldblum, with whom she had been working since 1999. She also put together her own band, performing her original music.

In September 2001, during a season on "Ally McBeal," she met Rod Stewart’s musical director, through mutual friends. Auditions had just taken place for a female sax player for Rod's band, but someone else had been hired.

About two weeks later, in a turn of fate, the musical director called Katja. Rehearsals with the other sax player had not worked out. Katja auditioned and got the gig.

In the last two years, as well as her ongoing schedule with Rod Stewart,she has also worked with Brooks and Dunn, Al Green and Carole King, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Johnny Lang, Tom Scott, and Randy Newman, among others.

Katja appears with Rod Stewart on in his latest DVD - Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

She is currently working on her own solo CD.

Contact Katja at KRsax_39@hotmail.com





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