Dennis Rollins MBE Biography
Dennis Rollins MBE is a multi award winning (including the highly coveted BBC Jazz Award and the British Jazz Award) virtuoso Trombonist and songwriter, known as founding member of Badbone & Co, and also as collaborator with multi-million selling international bands such as Jamiroquai, Blur, Brand New Heavies, Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, Baba Maal and US3.
Dennis Rollins MBE is one of the best known musicians on both 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.
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 at 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 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, Blur and until recently a member of American saxophonist Maceo Parker’s band.
Dennis’ own band Badbone & Co has released three critically acclaimed albums: Badbone, Make Your Move, and Big Night Out!
Musicianship & Awards
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 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.
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 music and poetry project also won the 2006 Arts & Kids Award, part of the regional Arts & Business Awards.
His current jazz outfit Velocity Trio have released two acclaimed albums. The group also received the JazzYorkshire Award 2012 for Band of The Year.
Dennis is proud to be nominated for the 2017 British Jazz Awards in the Best Trombone category.
As part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, Dennis was honoured with an MBE for services to music.
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‘…a fine player’
‘Rollins and his young group play modernist jazz with a funk bone structure. They’re terrific’
‘Rollins’ full-toned trombone combines silk and soul’
‘He takes the risk and pushes the envelope’