Dennis Rolllins

Multi-award winning British jazz star

Dennis Rollins
has been selected as Guest Programme Director of this year’s Glasgow International Jazz Festival

We are about to launch a five-year plan that will take us beyond being a series of concerts. We are delighted that Dennis has agreed to be our inaugural Guest Programme Director. With performances, exhibitions and participative events, Dennis is going to help us celebrate the roots and the future of jazz
Simon Clark, Chair of Glasgow International Jazz Festival

Not only is 2007 the bi-centenary of the abolition of slavery in the UK, and the lucky Chinese Year of the Pig, but it is also the 21st anniversary of the wonderful Glasgow International Jazz Festival, for which I have the great fortune to have been given the role of Guest Programme Director – wow! I’m delighted and proud to be associated with a jazz festival of this stature and look forward to being part of the creative team that has assembled some really amazing programmes during its long history. I’m determined to help make this one of the best UK jazz festivals of the year!
Dennis Rollins

Glasgow International Jazz Festival runs Friday 22 June to Sunday 1 July 2007

Dennis Rollins is an acclaimed musician, composer and educator, well-known on the British and international jazz scene, and celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the underrated trombone, to which he brings a unique and exciting approach. His mighty sound can be heard to full effect in his award winning band Badbone & Co’s repertoire of groove-based, funky dance music with jazz overtones. Badbone & Co won the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best Band last year, and Dennis picked up the Marston’s Pedigree British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist; he was also nominated in the Best Jazz Act category at the Urban Music Awards 2006.

Born in 1964 in the Midlands to Jamaican parents, and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 studying and performing with The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. After years of study, Dennis moved to London and began playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and the legendary all-black jazz big band The Jazz Warriors. Over the years, Dennis, now based in Doncaster, has established a reputation as an artist of excellence and has lent his unique and stylish talents to some of this country’s, and indeed the world’s, top jazz and pop personalities such as Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies and Blur. Dennis is an Ambassador for the National Foundation for Youth Music’s Endangered Species programme, set up to boost youth interest in instruments such as the trombone, French horn, double bass, tuba and oboe, and is also on the Board of Advisors of the British Trombone Society.

In addition to being Guest Programme Director for the Glasgow International Jazz, Dennis is also Artist in Residence at the ever-popular Marsden Jazz Festival in October.

Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co has released three critically acclaimed albums: Badbone , Make Your Move, and last year’s Big Night Out! which is classic Dennis Rollins, with extra funk.

James Taylor’s 4th Dimension

Hammond funk guru’s new outfit

James Taylor’s 4th Dimension
releases its debut album
Picking Up Where We Left Off
Monday 14 May 2007
(Real Self Records; RS5346)

More than enough Hammond organised power to grab the attention of the most indifferent audience; they pack a genuinely solid punch
Jack Massarik, Evening Standard

James Taylor is best known as leader of the James Taylor Quartet (JTQ), where his trademark funky Hammond vibe is featured to fine effect. JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented the band’s reputation as masters of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes, psychedelic and free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive sound. Describing his new outfit, James Taylor’s 4th Dimension, the Rochester-based Hammond guru – affectionately known as ‘the Medway Monarch’ – says: ‘This project is something I’ve been promising myself for a long while. It’s an opportunity to return to, and further explore, the endless possibilities offered by the classic Hammond quartet format, but this time with 20 years of recording, writing, and performing experience behind us’. All 12 album tracks on Picking Up Where We Left Off are written by James, and the line-up is as follows: James Taylor – Hammond C3 organ; Nigel Price – guitar; Andy McKinney – bass; Neil Robinson – drums.

Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet in 1985, and began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. The first single, Blow-Up – a funked-up version of Herbie Hancock’s theme from the seminal 60s film of the same name – was released in 1985 on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to Acid Jazz. The band’s debut album, Mission Impossible, was released the following year, predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs. Robinson and Goldfinger. In the early 1990s, the single Love The Life reached the Top 40 and the accompanying album, Supernatural Feeling, settled in the Top 30 UK charts. After releases on Polydor and Big Life Records, JTQ returned to Acid Jazz, and In The Hand of The Inevitable remains the label’s biggest selling album to date. The latest JTQ album, A Taste of Cherry, was released in September last year.

In 1997 James had the chance to fulfil a dream when he was asked to score the theme tune to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the spy spoof starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley. JTQ’s Whole Lotta Live album was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998, and the following year James featured on Tom Jones’ duets album, Reload. James’ musical talent has been admired by numerous other acts: The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 have all featured James and his distinctive Hammond sound on their albums.

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The juice – March and April schedules

Monday Nights on or Sky Digital Channel 0129 between 10 and 12 (my slots scheduled for 11.30 ish)(UK times)

5th 11.00 -11.30 Deborah Hinds
11.30 -12.00 Kaoru/Nagisa Gio/Tokyo
12th11.00 -11.30 Dan CE NYC
11.30 -12.00Soulportal DK
19th11.00 -11.30 Honeysoul
11.30 -12.00 Sonicsoul Germany
26th11.00 -11.30Soul on Ice Toronto
11.30 -12.00 Life and soul UK

Aneel Robinson will have a special feature at 10.15 on 12th March

Unified Tribe will have a special feature on 19th March at 10.15

April is a 5 Monday Month so please make a note of these dates

2/ 11 -11.30 Planet soul Deb Hinds 11.30 – 12.00 Kaouru JFN Japan

9/ 11 – 11.30 Dan CE NYC 11.30 -12.00 Soul Portal Dk

16/ 11 -11.30 Honeysoul 11.30 – 12.00

23/ 11.-11.30 Soul on Ice Toronto 11.30 – 12.00 JustSoul Italy

30/ 11 -11.30 Baby&Harmony Juice and Jam 11.30 -12.00 Life and Soul UK

Soul Damn Phisticated! Radio Show – Podcast #252

Podcast #252 Hosted by DaveCee
Written by DaveCee

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This week we have Jimmy Levine in interview for the middle hr of the show. We chat about his life in the music biz and feature some tracks from his cd ”Share my Love” which is out now all over the world. We also drop a couple of new bits to watch out for like the new Adriana Evans cut ”New Day” from her brand new cd ”El Camino” out on Expansion very soon plus Cognac, U-Nam ft Rahsaan Patterson and Omari Shabazz.

Reminisce features Eddie Henderson, Ashford and Simpson, The Natural Four and a few more monster classic soul tunes to wrap up the show!

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