Stapleford Granary

Event description

3 May  2019 19:30 £15/£8

Dennis rollins'

Velocity Trio

Dennis Rollins MBE - trombone, electronics

Pedro Segundo - drums & percussion

Ross Stanley - organ


Dennis Rollins is well-known on the British and international jazz scene and is celebrated for his versatility and muscular approach on that underrated instrument, the trombone. 

Born in 1964 in the Midlands to Jamaican parents, and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 studying and performing with The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. After years of study, Dennis moved to London and began playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), and the legendary all-black jazz big band The Jazz Warriors. Over the years he 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, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, and Blur. He is also a key and crowd-pleasing member of the legendary Maceo Parker's band.

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. He also received nominations in the Urban Music Awards and the Parliamentary 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 in a ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion. In February 2008, in a ceremony at Mansion House, Doncaster, Dennis was given Honorary Freedom of the Borough in recognition of his successful musical career, and for his role as an inspiration to Doncaster's musical youngsters.

As part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, Dennis was honoured with an MBE for services to music.

Pedro Segundo - drums & percussion:


Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1988 Pedro Segundo started studying drums from the age of 8 and at 9 was granted one of the few places in the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional (Lisbon) studying classical percussion with Carlos Girão e Carlos Voss. From then on Pedro went from one prestigious situation to another and by 17 years old was awarded a Jazz Revelation Prize in Portugal's main Jazz Festival, which took place in São Luís Theatre in Lisbon representing HOT CLUBE jazz school. In the same year he started performing with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. At age 18 Pedro moved to London to study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Classical Percussion Course with David Corkhill (Philharmonia Orchestra), Richard Benjafield (Sinfonnieta, Ensemble Bash) and Michael Skinner (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden). Since then, he's performed with the créme of artists such as: Mário Franco(David Binney), Dennis Rollins, Carmen Souza, Cleveland Watkiss, Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, Tomás Pimentel, Claus Nymark and the legendary Jay Corre(Buddy Rich Big Band) to name just a few. Pedro also has a residency at the famous London Ronnie Scott's.

 Ross Stanley - organ:

 In 1982 Ross began piano lessons aged 4 and by 13 was awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College. Upon leaving Marlborough, Ross was invited to study for his music degree at several renowned institutions including Trinity College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.  He decided to stay in London, however, and completed a BMUS in classical and jazz piano at Guildhall in 2004.  Since leaving, Ross's musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him play with jazz names such as Will Vinson, Guy Barker, Jamie Cullum, Ian Shaw, 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 and the Jacqui Dankworth band and performing in many small and large ensembles  Nostalgia 77 Octet, The Heritage Orchestra.  Ross has also toured with Steve Howe Trio, Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others.  Ross is a Hammond endorsee.