Reiner Witzel , born 1967, studied saxophone at the "Musikhochschule Köln" and the "Manhattan School of Music" in New York with Bob Mintzer , David Liebman , John Purcell , Bill Evans , Dick Oatts and others .
He received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture NRW and numerous awards including the promotional award of the city of Duesseldorf .
With his own groups the "Reiner Witzel Group" , "Witzel`s Venue" and "Drei im roten Kreis" he released CD´s featuring guests such as David Sanborn , Lew Soloff and Vernon Reid .
Concerts and / or recordings with Richie Beirach , Craig Harris , Lew Soloff , David Liebman , Defunkt , Marla Glen , The Gil Evans Orchestra , Fela Kuti , Vinx , Udo Lindenberg , Fury in the Slaughterhouse , HR-Bigband , Helmut Zerlett Band ( Harald Schmidt Show ) , Tom Gaebel , Cologne Saxophone Quintet , Gentleman , Alex Sipiagin , Patrice , Bantu , JE:D ( Jazz Ensemble Duesseldorf ) and many others .
He toured all over the world , including North-and South-America , Africa and Asia and played on many festivals , including the Montreux Jazzfestival , Moscow Jazzfestival , Montevideo Jazzfestival and the Yaounde Jazzfestival .
As a composer for television and theater he worked for the TV-Channels WDR , Eins-Festival , the "Theatre Impossible and the "Musiktheater Köln"
He teaches saxophone at the Düsseldorf College of Music , the Frankfurt College of Music and Conservatorium Maastricht.
As part of the artistic - directors team he is co-organizing the "Jazzrally Düsseldorf" , Germany`s biggest Jazzfestival. Aside his musical activities he also works as a photographer for musicians and artists ( www.reiner-witzel-foto.de )