Live dates for award-winning British jazz trombonist
Dennis is that rarest of jazz beasts: a genuine star
The Independent on Sunday
The first time I saw Badbone & Co, trombonist-leader Dennis Rollins was a rising star, making his mark on the UK. Seven years on, both Badbone and Rollins regularly win polls and awards, attesting to their popularity and credibility
John L Walters, The Guardian
Dennis Rollins does for the slide trombone what James Brown once did for singing
Jack Massarik, Evening Standard
Saturday 28 March: National Centre for Early Music, York – Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio
Saturday 4 April: 25th Boyes Celebrity Concert, Scarborough Spa Grand Hall – Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co
Sunday 5 April: New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co
Monday 4 May: Speigeltent, Brighton Fringe – Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co
Wednesday 20 May: Civic Theatre, Doncaster – Maceo Parker featuring Dennis Rollins
Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May: Jazz Cafe, London – Maceo Parker featuring Dennis Rollins
Saturday 23 May: Bath International Music Fest – Maceo Parker featuring Dennis Rollins
Sunday 24 May: Coventry Jazz Festival – Maceo Parker featuring Dennis Rollins
Monday 25 May: Lighthouse Theatre, Poole – Maceo Parker featuring Dennis Rollins
Wednesday 27 May: Manchester Bridgewater Hall – Maceo Parker featuring Dennis Rollins
Saturday 13 June: Dinton Jazz Festival, Wiltshire – Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio
Friday 26 June: Plymouth Jazz Event – Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co
Sunday 28 June: Lichfield Real Ale Festival – Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio
Dennis Rollins is well-known on the British and international jazz scene, celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the underrated trombone. 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. Alongside Dennis’ you can hear Johnny Heyes on guitar, Alex Bonfanti on bass, James Gardiner-Bateman on alto sax and Jack Polllitt on drums. Dennis Rollins’ Badbone & Co has released three critically acclaimed albums: Badbone, Make Your Move, and Big Night Out!, the 2006 album which is classic Dennis Rollins, but with extra funk.
Dennis Rollins has also formed a new acoustic, straight-ahead jazz outfit, Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio. Whilst obviously influenced by jazz and swing, Velocity Trio also incorporates a progressive, contemporary edge to its sound. With a small element of Dennis’ trademark electronic stage craft (think Joshua Redman’s Elastic project), Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio also features Bristol-based Dan Moore on organ and Glaswegian drummer Alan Cosker.
Dennis also continues to be a popular and crowd-pleasing member of Maceo Parker’s band, and will be touring the UK throughout May.
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 was nominated twice in the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards – for Jazz Musician of the Year and the Jazz Education Award; he won the latter in a ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion in May. In February 2008, in a ceremony at Mansion House, Doncaster, Dennis was given Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his successful musical career, and for his role as an inspiration to Doncaster’s musical youngsters. Martin Winter, Mayor of Doncaster, had this to say to Dennis: This honour is the highest award the Borough can bestow, and one which you richly deserve. You have contributed much to our society and touched the lives of so many people.
In 2007, Dennis picked up Trombonist of the Year at both the British Jazz Awards, and the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards, and received nominations in the Urban Music Awards, and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Badbone & Co won the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best Band in 2006, and Dennis collected the Marston’s Pedigree British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist the same year. His Rhythms of Fire project also won the 2006 Arts & Kids Award, part of the regional Arts & Business Awards.
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