Dennis Rollins

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Dennis Rollins
Dennis Rollins laughing.jpg
Rollins in concert, April 17, 2008
Background information
OriginDoncaster, England
GenresJazz, pop, jazz-funk
Occupation(s)Musician, bandleader, record producer
Years activec. 1984 - present
Associated actsBadBone and Co, Boneyard
Website Dennis

Dennis Rollins (born 1964) is an English jazz trombonist, the founder and bandleader of BadBone and Co.

Early life and career[edit]

Rollins was born in Birmingham, of Jamaican parents, and raised in Bentley, Doncaster where he 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[1] 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,[2] and Maceo Parker,.[3]

In 1995 he formed his own jazz-funk band, Dee Roe, with which he performed at such venues as the Jazz Café, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, the London Forum, and Brixton Academy.

In 2000 he again formed a band, the quintet Dennis Rollins' BadBone and Co., launched at the Barbican in March of that year, again specialising in funk-inflected jazz.

Rollins with trombone, 2008

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.[4]

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.

Rollins is an artist/clinician for Michael Rath Trombones.[5] His personal instrument is a yellow brass/nickel silver Rath R3.

Recordings (as leader)[edit]

  • 2000: Wild & Free (E.P.)
  • 2001: BadBone
  • 2003: Make Your Move
  • 2006: Big Night Out


  1. ^ Bowers, Jack (1999-12-01). "Have You Heard . . . The Doncaster Jazz Orchestra . . . and Friends: DYJA". All About Jazz. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  2. ^ Astarita, Glenn. "BadBone: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Maceo Parker with his band, featuring Ben Rollins - Cheltenham Jazz Festival". Jazzwise. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  4. ^ Derrick, Andy. "Boneyard". Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Dennis Rollins". rathtrombones. com. Michael Rath Trombones. Retrieved 30 January 2015.


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