Dennis Gruenling / Bio

Dennis Gruenling is without a doubt one of the baddest, swingingest, most innovative harp blowers on the planet. Now he steps up to the microphone and shows he can not only play harp and write songs with the best of them, but can also sing in a style perfectly suited to his 50's-influenced R&B and Rock & Roll!

For the past 20+ years, Dennis has played with many legendary blues acts such as Snooky Pryor, Pinetop Perkins, A.C. Reed, Nappy Brown, and Homesick James, as well as his own original jump blues outfit "Jump Time" and other contemporary artist such as Dave Gross, Peter Karp and Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones. For years critics and musicians worldwide have been praising how he blends both the blues harmonica and swing saxophone traditions, as he pioneers a whole new sound and direction for the harp.

Also one of the world's foremost blues harmonica instructors, Dennis is also in demand as a harmonica teacher and lecturer worldwide, in addition to the blues history knowledge he airs on his weekly "Blues & the Beat" radio program (WFDU-FM). Equally adept at performing, composing, arranging, and teaching, what fans remember most is the fun, energy, and emotional intensity of each and every show he is a part of.

"“This is R'n'B, rock n’ roll, and jump blues at its finest...” - Making A Scene

“Gruenling brings a swinging style that is vitally present throughout the record, which relentlessly boogies, jumps and swings...Gruenling is often hailed by his peers as one of the world’s best harmonica players. Now we know, he has even more skills” - Elmore Magazine

“Not only does he play some of the finest harmonica I have heard since the days of the old masters, he has written all of the recording’s 13 tunes and, he steps up to the microphone and shows himself as a top-notch vocalist…Be prepared to become a lifelong fan” - Reflections In Blue

“Dennis is initially known for his fabulous harmonica technique, but in the meantime he is also nice with his singing skills…a topper on all fronts, no wonder he wins prizes regularly and has secured the necessary awards” - Blues Magazine (Netherlands)

“Always known for his, well, “Badass” harmonica chops, for this set, for the very first time, he takes the vocal mic as well! He has the perfect voice for these Fifties-inspired, jump-blues cuts...Dennis Gruenling continues to up the ante on why he is one of the most dynamic harp players on today’s scene” - Don & Sheryl's Blues Blog

General Info

Band Members
Dennis Gruenling - Harmonica
Artist Name
Dennis Gruenling
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Active Since
Blues / Rock & Roll / Swing

Contact Info

Dunellen, NJ

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