FRITZ BAYER
:: guitarist ::

Bio.
guitarist born and based in Berlin, currently playing and composing for various soul, reggae, hip hop, jazz and world music projects and working as live sideman and session musician for many local and international singers, big bands, dance and theatre performances

besides having been a member of many bands over the past years, Fritz played shows with Bitty McLean (UK), Ken Boothe (JAM), Pat Kelly (JAM), Kiddus I (JAM), Stranger Cole (JAM), The Melodians (JAM), Roy Ellis (UK), Doreen Shaffer (JAM), Dawn Penn (JAM), Longfingah (DE) and many other reggae artists, with soul singers Elijah Bland (USA), Jen Dale (CH), Sera Kalo (USA) and Norman Vladimir (USA) and with the jazz big bands CON'trust jazz orchestra, Berliner Jugend Jazz Orchester, the AMIS International Honor Jazz Band 2007/08 and the Ballhaus Bigband

Fritz played classical guitar since the age of 6 until interest in jazz, school big bands and own band projects lead to the electric guitar. Intensive college preparation courses in Berlin followed in 2007-2009, with Martin Werner, Harald Kündgen, Henning Schmiedt and workshops with Antonio Sanchez, Karl Schloz, and Eric St. Laurent
2009-14 Performance major in "Jazz/Rock/Pop Guitar" @ Hochschule für Musik Dresden with Stephan Bormann, Reentko, David Sick, Ralf Beutler, Till Brönner, Celine Rudolph and workshops with Mike Stern, Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier, The Bad Plus, Jerry Granelli


bands in the past: (go to "Projects" to see current bands)
Clave Sonora - Son-Cubano/Salsa (2016-17)
Bionic Grind - Jazz-Groove-Fusion (2012-16)
Voodoo Moon - Reggae/Rocksteady (2007-12)
Sounding - Modern Reggae (2009-12)
Hannes Zerbe's Jazzorchester Prokopätz (2007-09)
The Flintstones Big Band feat. Die Geschwister Pfister, David Friedman and others (2007-09)
Reziproke - Ska Punk (2003-07)

reggae-artists Fritz has backed on tour:
Bitty McLean (UK)
Christopher Ellis (UK)
Dawn Penn (JAM)
Doreen Shaffer (JAM)
Dr. Ring Ding (DE)
Dr. Volkanikman (DE)
Ganjaman (DE)
Jackie Mendez (USA)
Jahcoustix (DE)
Jaqee (UG/SWE)
Ken Boothe (JAM)
Kiddus I (JAM)
King Hammond (UK)
Longfingah (DE)
Lukie D (JAM)
Lurdez da Luz (BRA)
Michael Prophet (JAM)
Monty Neysmith (UK)
Pat Kelly (JAM)
Roy Ellis (UK)
Saralene (DE)
Sebastian Sturm (DE)
Spruddy One (DE)
Stranger Cole (JAM)
Susan Cadogan (JAM)
The Cables (JAM)
The Melodians (JAM)
The Tennors (JAM)
Uwe Banton (DE)
Vido Jelashe (ZA)
Winston Francis (JAM)


References.
Festivals and events i've played:

Actions No Words Charity Event, DE
Bandstand Festival Hellerau, DE
Berlin Ska City, DE
Burning Sun Festival, PL
Chiemsee Reggae Summer, DE
Die Komplette Palette, DE
DKMS Charity Event, DE
Diner en blanc, DE
Dynamite Ska Festival, DE
Fusion Festival, DE
Freedom Sounds Festival, DE
Garbicz Festival, PL
Jazztage Dresden, DE
Karneval der Kulturen Berlin, DE
Konzertsommer Berlin, DE
Living Water Charity Event, DE
London International Ska Festival, UK
Madness House of Fun Weekender, UK
Mighty Sounds, CZ
OBOA Festival, DE
rbb Fritz Nacht der Talente, DE
Regalowisko Festival, PL
Reggae Geel, BE
Reggae Jam, DE
Reggaenwalde Festival, PL
Riverside Stomp Open Air Mainz, DE
Rotary Ball, DE
Rosenball Sangerhausen, DE
Ruhr Reggae Summer, DE
Sächsische Sportgala, DE
Skabour Festival, Folkestone, UK
Soul & Reggae Weekender, Hayling Island, UK
SPIRIT Festival, DE
StandUp Festival Pforzheim, DE
Stuss am Fluss Festival, DE
The Orange Room Jazzradio Berlin, DE
This is Ska Rosslau, DE
Work Awesome Konferenz, DE
XJAZZ Festival Berlin, DE
my favorite venues i've played at:

229 Venue, London, UK
Admiralspalast, Berlin
Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin
ATZE Musiktheater, Berlin
Badehaus Berlin
Ballhaus Neue Welt, Zwickau
b-flat, Berlin
Bi Nuu, Berlin
Blue Note, Dresden
Broadway Theatre Catford, UK
Cassiopeia, Berlin
Chemiefabrik, Dresden
C-Keller, Weimar
Cross Club, Prag, CZ
Danai Beach Resort, Nikiti, GR
Die Pumpe, Kiel
Electric Brixton, London, UK
Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden
FritzClub im Postbahnhof, Berlin
Hangar 110, Sao Paulo, BR
Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin
Huxley's Neue Welt, Berlin
Internationales Congress Center Dresden
Indra Musikclub, Hamburg
Jazzbar Zukunft, Berlin
Jazz Cafe, London
Jazzclub Tonne, Dresden
KATO Kreuzberg, Berlin
Kassablanca, Jena
KFZ, Marburg
Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
Kukulida, Dresden
Lido, Berlin
Lindenpark, Potsdam
Logo, Hamburg
Mancuso, Tübingen
Messe Berlin, DE
New York Pub, Pocos de Caldas, BR
Noch Besser Leben, Leipzig
Noel's Ballroom, Leipzig
Ostpol, Dresden
Pierre Grasse, Halle
plan b, Leipzig
Quasimodo, Berlin
live on air on RadioFritz @ rbb Studios, Potsdam
Rummelsbucht, Berlin
Schlot, Berlin
Schokoladen, Berlin
Sisyphos, Berlin
SO36, Berlin
Societaetstheater, Dresden
Soho House Berlin
Supamolly, Berlin
Telegraph, Leipzig
Tommy-Weisbecker-Haus, Berlin
Treibsand, Lübeck
Urania Berlin
YAAM, Berlin
Yorckschlösschen, Berlin
Zwischenbau, Rostock

on stage with The Melodians

on stage with Bitty McLean

after the show with Bitty McLean

after the show with Stranger Cole

carnival in Brasil with Yellow Cap
on stage with Pat Kelly