LET THE SLIGHTLY BETTER TIMES ROLL

This show will feature two sets of 40 minutes each. Band on 7.30

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LOOSEN UP in Derby Market Place Food Court

“Joy is the message” Dennis Rollins MBE



The fabulously funky Loosen Up is an eleven piece acoustic street band, produced by Derby Jazz during the lockdown. Created to both raise the spirits of people in Derby and to create paid work for some of the East Midlands best jazz musicians.



Dennis Rollins was commissioned to write new music and direct the band and briefed to “bring joy to the people of Derby”. Well known on the UK and international jazz scenes for his versatility and muscular approach to the trombone. Dennis has worked with Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, Blur and the legendary Maceo Parker Band. The ten other members of the band: two trumpets, two trombones, three saxophones a sousaphone and two drummers have between them toured in; The Specials, The Beautiful South, circus bands, and directed the Matthew Herbert Big Band in the worlds leading concert halls.



For this show we've added Matt Ratcliffe's keyboards. Matt is a master of that Hammond Organ sound which will allow us to feature soloists from LOOSEN UP in quartets and trios.



In the words of Dave "Stickman" Higgins, one of the band's two drummers "this music is VERY NOURISHING"



LET THE SLIGHTLY BETTER TIMES ROLL



This show will feature two sets of 40 minutes each. Band on 7.30


Lineup

  Fraser Thompson Tenor Saxophone

  Steve Nutter Bass

  Marcus Joseph Alto Saxophone

  Gemma Fuller Trumoet

  Peter Wraight Trumpet

  Spencer Hague Trombone

  Andy Wood Drums

  Dave Stickman Higgins Drums

  John Hawkins Baritone Sax

  Magnus Hawker-French Trombone

  Matt Ratcliffe Keyboards

  Dennis Rollins MBE Trombone + MD

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