Dennis Rowland

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Dennis Rowland
Birth name Dennis Rowland
Born February 3, 1948
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres Jazz
Instruments Jazz singer
Associated acts Count Basie

Dennis Rowland is a jazz vocalist born and raised in Detroit. Having grown up in a household of jazz enthusiasts, Rowland developed an appreciation for Jazz music at an early age. At the age of five or six Rowland heard the vocals of Joe Williams of the Count Basie Orchestra, which has influenced his approach to singing ever since.[1] Rowland's voice is rich and deep, and throughout the early 1970s, Rowland worked Detroit's local jazz and acting scene. In 1977 Rowland was hired by Count Basie as a vocalist on his tours, filling the same role his idols Joe Williams and Jimmy Rushing had occupied for so many years. For Rowland, it was a dream come true and he would tour with Basie for the following seven years. During his time with Basie, Rowland had the chance to share the stage with such icons as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett.[2] Rowland was seen recently as Jimmy Baker in the film Real Gone Cat by film director Robert Sucato. He currently resides and performs regularly in Phoenix, Arizona.


Studio albums[edit]

Album Year Label
Rhyme, Rhythm & Reason 1995 Concord Records
Get Here 1996 Concord Records
Now Dig This 1997 Concord Records


Count Basie Album Year Label
Count Basie: The Golden Years Pablo Records
On the Road 1979 Pablo/Original Jazz Classics
Kansas City Shout 1980 Pablo Records
Wendell Harrison Album Year Label
Birth of a Fossil 1985 Rebirth Records
Ray Anthony Album Year Label
Swing Back to the 40s 1991 Aerospace Records
Joe Sample Album Year Label
Sample This 1997 Warner Bros. Records
Frank Foster Album Year Label
We Do It Diff'rent 2003 Mapleshade Records


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. Biography of Dennis Rowland at AllMusic
  2. ^ Carr, et al.; pp. 682-683


  • Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Rough Guides. ISBN 1-84353-256-5.

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