Next Generation was formed in Prague, Czech
Republic in 1993, when Rene Trossman, a 44 year
old guitar player from Chicago moved to Europe.
With Jaromir Pavelka on drums, and Jan Korinek on
keyboards and bass, The Next Generation
have played hundreds of gigs together, all across
Europe. The Next Generation has backed up
various front people, from all over the Blues
band has done 3 European tours with Lorenzo
Thompson, a dynamic vocalist from Chicago, who
has had tremendous success in Europe. For 2 of
the 3 tours Sax-man Mike Jackson, another
Chicago-scene product, joined us.
addition to Lorenzo Thompson, The Next
Generation has been working a lot with
Ramblin' Rex, a 54 year old bluesman from New
Orleans, La. Rex sings, blows harp, and plays
guitar, all at the same time, a lost art! Rex is
a true throwback to the glory years of bluesmen
who could do it all, and it is a great privelege
for The Next Generation to work with him. Rex
moved to Europe about 4 years ago, and makes
Prague his home, as well.
Another transplanted bluesman
who now makes Prague home is Stan-the-Man, a
vocalist/guitarist from the UK. Heavily
influenced by greats such as; Howlin' Wolf and
Jimmy Reed, Stan puts his own spin on the Blues.
After The Next Generation sat-in with Stan
one night in Prague, they were soon hired by him
to be his back-up band, when they are available,
Next Generation has several main influences,
among them: T-Bone Walker; Earl Hooker; Robert
Jr. Lockwood; Jimmy Smith; Jimmy Witherspoon,
Muddy Waters; Big Moose Walker, The Kings - B.B.;
Albert; and Freddie; Luther Tucker; Pee-Wee
Crayton; Elmore James, and, well, I guess you can
tell what they are into.
Rene Trossman left Chicago in
1993 to seek new blues frontiers in Europe. He
has performed with blues notables, such as; Buddy
Scott (his personal mentor, who coined the phrase
"The Next Generation" from a hospital
bed in 1993. Sadly, Trossman never saw Buddy
Scott again. Buddy died a few months after Rene
moved to Europe); Jimmy Burns; Johnnie B. Moore;
Nate Turner; Howard Scott & The World Band -
featuring Walter Scott; Liz Mandville-Greeson;
Nick and Joe Moss; and others.
Generation has played in: Germany; Austria; Czech
Republic; and Hungary. Now the band feels they are ready
for more, and are itchin' to strut their stuff in more
places, and play with more and more blues people. We feel
that we can offer blues artists an opportunity to come to
Europe without an entire back-up band in tow. So if
there's a fit, give us a call, cause we got 'em, and you
got 'em too; them BLUES...
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