Dubbed ‘that rarest of jazz beasts: a genuine star’ by The Independent on Sunday, award-winning British jazz musician Dennis Rollins is currently touring to promote his third album, Big Night Out!, his funkiest yet and we have three signed copies to give away!
Dennis is currently celebrating winning two major music awards this year. In July, he picked up a Marston’s Pedigree British Jazz Award for his trombone playing. This was followed a week later by his funk outfit, Badbone & Co, winning the prestigious BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line Up Award for Best Band 2006 at a star studded award ceremony.
Dennis is also a nominee at the Urban Music Awards 2006; he’s nominated alongside Soweto Kinch, Courtney Pine, Jamie Cullum and The Jazz Collective in the Best Jazz Act category.
The new album charts the course of a big night out, and the opening track, ‘Sweet Tone Bone’, lets the listener know in no uncertain terms that they’re in for a good time. The anticipation felt on the second track, the adrenalin rush of ‘Fire in the House’, is continued with the dirty blues of ‘Holier Than’. The evening heats up on the dancefloor, with numbers such as (the-clue’s-in-the-title) ‘Funk and Disorderly’, ‘Soul’d Out’, ‘On Da Floor’ and ‘Head Rush’, before moving seamlessly to the end-of-the-evening mellowness of ‘Miracle You’. The intoxicated walk home is perfectly portrayed on the dub-inflected penultimate track, ‘Staggaback’, and the big night out culminates in the Latin-tinged, guiltily-titled, ‘Alibi’.
Talking of nights out, you can catch him on tour:
- 20 October: The Platform, Lancaster
- 21 October: Uni of Warwick
- 12 November: Jazz Cafe, London
- 25 November: The Sands Venue, Gainsborough
You can read our review of Big Night Out! here and without further ado, here is the question to win a signed copy of the album:
What is Dennis Rollins’ nickname? Is it:
A – ‘Badbone’
B – ‘Phone Home’
C – ‘Trombone Tone’
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–Photo of Dennis Rollins by Bob Rose–