The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 | Dennis Rollins MBE
We are extremely honoured to announce that our client, Jazz Trombonist Dennis Rollins, has received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.
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.
He is also one of the best known musicians on both the British and the international jazz scene, and is celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the trombone. His fast-paced grooves can be heard to maximum effect in his award-winning band Badbone & Co’s repertoire of groove-based, funky dance music.
Over the years Dennis has established a reputation as an artist of excellence and has lent his unique and stylish talents to not only the UK but the worlds top jazz and pop personalities such as Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, Blur and as a guests of American saxophonist Maceo Parker’s band.
Dennis Rollins’ own band Badbone & Co has released three critically acclaimed albums: Badbone, Make Your Move, and Big Night Out!
Dennis Rollins: Musicianship and 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.
Dennis’s Rhythms of Fire music and poetry project also won the 2006 Arts & Kids Award, part of the regional Arts & Business Awards.
Dennis was nominated twice in the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: and 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 2007, Dennis received 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.
In February 2008, in a ceremony at Mansion House, Doncaster, Dennis was awarded Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his successful musical career, and for his role as an inspiration to Doncaster’s musical youngsters.
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 was also 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.