2.15pm – 3.30pm Saturday 8th May 2021

Dennis Rollins MBE- Trombone, Ross Stanley- Hammond Organ, Luca Caruso- Drums

“…Rarely can an instrumental trio have produced such a rich and varied tonal range.” London Evening Standard

Rollins’ latest project is the Velocity Trio, a brilliant marriage of refined contemporary jazz arrangements with simmering grooves that appeals to multiple generations of jazz, funk and world music fans.

Featuring Hammond organ virtuoso Ross Stanley and rising star Luca Caruso on drums, their unique trombone-Hammond organ-drums line-up honours the jazz tradition while pushing it forward at the same time. The ‘electric’ energy of the group also covers a wide area, ranging from atmospheric ethereal melodies (from Rollins’ harmonised horn) to terra firma straight-ahead jazz.

Dennis say’s “Together as a trio we’ve drawn our collective influences to pen what we feel is an exciting programme. The music combines crazy time shifts with infectious grooves. We aim to take the listener on a ‘roller-coaster’ musical journey.”

“Infectiously accessible, playful jazz” – John Fordham, The Guardian

Click here to see and hear Dennis Rollins and the trio on YouTube playing Samba Galactica from the album “The 11th Gate” .

Tickets £13/Guildford Jazz Members £11/Students £6

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About the artists…

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.

Dennis is also a renowned bandleader.  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.

In his hometown of Doncaster UK, Dennis was given Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his successful musical career and for his constant inspiration to the regions musical youth. Dennis says “Growing up, I was extremely fortunate to have had the most inspiring and dedicated teacher throughout my youth jazz experience. The skills and compassion I acquired were a result of that education. Teaching feels very natural to me and I feel it’s a duty to pass on my musical knowledge to the next generation.”

Working as a solo artist, 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, and he is currently composing music for his 6th album release with his brand new FUNKY-FUNK! groove ensemble.

He’s proud to be an exclusive endorsee of UK brass instrument maker, Michael Rath Trombones.

Ross Stanley is one of the UK’s top jazz pianists – constantly in demand for his flowing creative and lyrical playing. His soloing is profoundly steeped in complex harmonic tension and release but always serves the music and is universally revered by both fellow musicians and the wider listening public alike.

After being awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College, Ross studied classical and jazz piano at Guildhall, since when his musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him play with jazz names such as Will Vinson, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Joel Frahm, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band, and performing in many small and large ensembles. Ross has also toured with the Steve Howe Trio, Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others. Ross is a Hammond endorsee.

Luca Caruso is one of the new generation of leading young jazz musicians on the rise in the UK music scene. Currently studying a the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of leading drummers Martin France and Ian Thomas, he has also enjoyed opportunities to perform internationally with world-renowned musicians such as Wayne Escoffery and Etienne Charles.