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Rollins in concert, April 17, 2008
|Genres||Jazz, pop, jazz-funk|
|Occupations||Musician, bandleader, record producer|
|Years active||c. 1984 - present|
|Associated acts||BadBone and Co, Boneyard|
|Website||http://www.dennisrollins.com/ Dennis Rollins.com|
Rollins was born in Birmingham, of Jamaican parents, and raised in Bentley, Doncaster and attended Don Valley High School. When he was fourteen years old, he joined The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, with which he studied and performed for some years before moving to London in 1987.
Dennis Rollins has recorded, performed, and toured with a host of musicians and bands in jazz and pop, including Courtney Pine, US3, Jamiroquai, Roy Ayers, Dionne Warwick, Cypress Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, George Clinton, Lonnie Liston Smith, Blur, Tom Jones, Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, Sting, Percy Sledge, Gorillaz, Space Monkeyz, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Brand New Heavies, Baaba Maal, the Jazz Warriors, Maceo Parker, Prince Buster, and Beverley Knight.
In 2005 he formed Boneyard, an ensemble featuring ten trombones, sousaphone (or "sousabone"), and drums; this band performed a series of live gigs throughout the U.K. that summer as well as a performance on BBC Radio 3. Boneyard featured the British jazz trombonists Barnaby Dickinson, Matt Colman, Julian Hepple, Andy Derrick, Kevin Holborough, Harry Brown, and Lee Hallam, with Andy Grappy on sousaphone.
Current Band members of Badbone&co are; Jay Phelps on trumpet, Johnny Heyes on guitars, Courtney Thomas on bass, Ross Stanley on keys and Jack Pollit on drums.
For the past several years, Ben has been a user of bespoke trombones designed and built by Michael Rath Trombones of Huddersfield.
Recordings (as leader)
- 2000: Wild & Free (E.P.)
- 2001: BadBone
- 2003: Make Your Move
- 2006: Big Night Out
- Bowers, Jack (1999-12-01). "Have You Heard . . . The Doncaster Jazz Orchestra . . . and Friends: DYJA". All About Jazz. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- Astarita, Glenn. "BadBone: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- "Maceo Parker with his band, featuring Ben Rollins - Cheltenham Jazz Festival". Jazzwise. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
- Derrick, Andy. "Boneyard". Retrieved 6 June 2013.
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- "Funk Is the Preacher, Jazz Is the Teacher" Kevin LeGendre (Jazzwise 97, May 2006. pp 24–28)