LOOSEN UP is an eleven piece acoustic street band under the direction of Dennis Rollins MBE.  It's made up of professional and community jazz musicians from Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. (You'll find the full line up further down this page) While they're all still in "lockdown" the band has started working online with Dennis developing repertoire and arrangements and will be ready to play TEN FREE gigs across the city as soon as the authorities give the go-ahead and identify the venues.

The gigs will be FREE when they happen. We don't know when that will be but we do know the band will be ready.

YOU CAN'T BUY TICKETS FOR THESE FREE EVENTS. BUT YOU CAN SUPPORT LOOSEN UP BY BECOMING A DONOR, SPONSOR, PATRON OR ANGEL THROUGH OUR ONLINE BOX OFFICE.

LOOSEN UP is a 4 stage project

Commissioning. We've contacted the musicians and paid them advances

Development. Dennis is working with the members of the band online to develop and arrange the repertoire. This will lead on to online workshops and rehearsals

Rehearsal. As soon as we are allowed we will physically bring the band together for two days of "socially distanced" rehearsals

LIVE GIGS. With the support of Derby City Council LOOSEN UP will go out into communities in Derby to play TEN FREE SHOWS over FIVE DAYS.

WE THINK LOOSEN UP IS A GREAT PROJECT. IF YOU AGREE PLEASE BECOME A DONOR, SPONSOR, PATRON or ANGEL.

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  Streets of Derby | Derby

  Derby Jazz

  25th December 2020 12:00am

  PATRON £50.00

  SPONSOR £25.00

  DONOR £15.00

  ANGEL £100.00

  Book Tickets

LOOSEN UP

LOOSEN UP. LET THE SLIGHTLY BETTER TIMES ROLL.

DERBY JAZZ HAS COMMISSIONED DENNIS ROLLINS MBE AND TEN JAZZ MUSICIANS FROM THE EAST MIDLANDS TO BE READY TO PLAY TEN FREE, LIVE, ACOUSTIC SHOWS FOR COMMUNITIES IN DERBY WITHIN DAYS OF RESTRICTIONS BEING LIFTED.

Derby Jazz has produced LOOSEN UP as a gift for the people of Derby to enjoy as soon as the lifting of the "lockdown" permits. It's our way of helping to raise the spirits of the people of Derby as we come out of this nightmare.

LOOSEN UP is an eleven piece acoustic street band under the direction of Dennis Rollins MBE.  It's made up of professional and community jazz musicians from Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. (You'll find the full line up further down this page) While they're all still in "lockdown" the band has started working online with Dennis developing repertoire and arrangements and will be ready to play TEN FREE gigs across the city as soon as the authorities give the go-ahead and identify the venues.

The gigs will be FREE when they happen. We don't know when that will be but we do know the band will be ready.

YOU CAN'T BUY TICKETS FOR THESE FREE EVENTS. BUT YOU CAN SUPPORT LOOSEN UP BY BECOMING A DONOR, SPONSOR, PATRON OR ANGEL THROUGH OUR ONLINE BOX OFFICE.

LOOSEN UP is a 4 stage project

Commissioning. We've contacted the musicians and paid them advances

Development. Dennis is working with the members of the band online to develop and arrange the repertoire. This will lead on to online workshops and rehearsals

Rehearsal. As soon as we are allowed we will physically bring the band together for two days of "socially distanced" rehearsals

LIVE GIGS. With the support of Derby City Council LOOSEN UP will go out into communities in Derby to play TEN FREE SHOWS over FIVE DAYS.

WE THINK LOOSEN UP IS A GREAT PROJECT. IF YOU AGREE PLEASE BECOME A DONOR, SPONSOR, PATRON or ANGEL.

Lineup

  Dave Stickman Higgins Drums

  Steve Nutter Sousaphone

  Andy Wood Drums

  John Hawkins Baritone Sax

  Fraser Thompson Tenor Sax

  Marcus Joseph Alto Sax

  Magnus Hawker-French Trombone

  Dennis Rollins MBE Trombone

  Spencer Hague Trombone

  Peter Wraight Trumpet

  Gemma Fuller Trumpet

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