Dennis Rollins' FUNKY-FUNK!
Line-up: DENNIS ROLLINS trombone, electronics; JAMES MORTON saxophones; TIAGO COIMBRA bass; JOHNNY HEYES guitar; ANDERS OLINDER keyboards; DAVIDE GIOVANNINI drums
Fresh from the school of Funk that fed the likes of James Brown, Dennis Rollins joins an elite lineage of trombone players responsible for changing it’s perceptions.
From The Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, Courtney Pine, to Maceo Parker and PeeWee Ellis, Rollins has lent his ‘bone skills to an array of jazz, funk and groove personalities.
Here, he presents ‘Funky-Funk!’ an electrifying 6-piece outfit exploring funky grooves, fat bass-lines and sumptuous melodies.
“Funky-Funk! is a outfit I’ve dreamed of putting together… A seriously funky band with an infectious sound that makes you want to move!”
ABOUT DENNIS ROLLINS
A passionate performer and educator, British trombone player Dennis Rollins MBE 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, Maceo Parker, Jamiroquai, US3, The Brand New Heavies, Blur, Monty Alexander, Pee Wee Ellis and Jean Toussaint.
In 2006 his jazz/funk outfit Badbone & Co won the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best Band and the following year he picked up Trombonist of the Year at both the British Jazz Awards and the Ronnie Scott's Jazz 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. His other awards include, British Trombone Society Player of the year 2013 and JazzYorkshire Award 2012 for his band Velocity Trio.
Being a sought-after jazz educationalist Dennis has recently delivered a wide range of music workshops working in collaboration with music departments of universities, colleges and schools both throughout the UK and internationally. He's currently recorded 5 critically acclaimed albums. Three with his award-winning band Badbone & Co. and two with his progressive jazz organ-trio, Velocity Trio.
Dennis is currently composing music for his 6th album release with his groove ensemble FUNKY-FUNK!
He's proud a proud endorsee of UK brass instrument maker, Michael Rath Trombones.
© Darren Cowley (picture of Dennis)