Dennis Rollins is an acclaimed muisican, composer and educator, well-known on the British and international jazz scene, and celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the trombone. Dennis brings a unique and exciting approach to the trombone in a repertoire of high-energy, groove-based, funky dance music with jazz attitude and stylings. Badbone and Co. features Dennis' mighty trombone sound alongside former Tomorrow's Warriors star Jaz Phelps on trumpet and flugelhorn, Johnny Heyes on guitar, Zoltan Dekany on acoustic bass, Alex Morgan on keys and Pete Matthews on drums. From the blues to hip hop, funk to soul, the popularity of this band just grows and grows.
Recent critical acclaim came when Dennis was awarded Trombonist of the Year at the inaugral Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards; other recent awards include the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best Band, and Marston's Pedigree British Jazz Award for Best Trombonist. Dennis was also nominated in the Best Jazz Act category at the Urban Music Awards 2006.
Born in 1964 in the UK 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 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 the UK's and 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, bassoon, tuba and oboe and is also on the Board of Advisors of the British Trombone Society.
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Make Your Move
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