JT Ross, AKA the "Harmonica Boss", is an american Blues singer and harmonia virtuoso. he was born on September 12th 1974 in downtown Chicago. The son of a German born artist and a Chicago born stage actress. As a child in Chicago, JT's family didn't have much. Lucky for JT, a family friend gave him a $2.00 harmonica when he was just a baby and little JT took to it like a fish to water. JT's father was thoroughly immersed in the Chicago Blues scene of the seventies - giving him the chance to make friends and jam with the likes of Howlin Wolf and Hound Dog Taylor and Brit Rockers Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. This, is how the young lad received his pre-eminent Blues experience.
JT Ross has been playing Harmonica since he was just two years old and is entirely self taught. As a boy JTs Father would accompany him on guitar and had the 4 year old Ross sitting in with legendary Chicago blues acts. It was in the famed Checkerboard Lounge on the South Side of Chicago where JT learned many of his tricks -- first hand -- at the feet of such legends as Buddy Scott, James Cotton and Junior Wells. Since then Ross has done numerous acclaimed recordings, played shows all over the world and worked with countless Blues Legends. As one journalist put it ..."It sounds as if JT was born with the Harmonica in his mouth".
Aside From JT's blues accomplishments he has also done many Rock, Jazz, Folk & Country recordings - working with such luminary producers as Glen Ballard.
JT's got a style all his own -- part Chicago and part West Coast . His friend and mentor [the late] William Clarke (LA's leading Blues Harmonica strongman) encouraged JT to find his own sound. Careful not to copy-cat his Chicago mentors or Clarke -- JT's fresh and unique sound has listeners wondering how he gets the harmonica tones he does. His live performances pay tribute to the greats and are dazzling displays of amazing Harmonica wizardry which leave audiences stunned.
JT Ross now lives in Venice California. He plays Hohner Marine Band and Hohner Super Chromonica Chromatic Harmonicas exclusively. JT's Singing and Harmonica Microphones are made by SHURE and his Harmonica microphones are modified by Tom Austin he uses Fender and Victoria Amplifiers. JT's Custom Harmonica Microphone cables are made by Tom Austin. JT has a four octave singing range and plays: Drums & Percussion, Sax, Guitar, Jaw Harp, Piano and more.
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