Best known for his work with Courtney Pine and the Jazz Warriors, Dennis Rollins brings a unique and exciting approach to the trombone in a repertoire of groove-based, funky dance music with jazz overtones. They won Radio 3's Jazz Line Up Award for 'best band'.
Empirical are four young musicians of awe-inspiring talent and originality: Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Tom Farmer (bass) and Lewis Wright (vibes).
Former members of Gary Crosby's Tomorrow's Warriors, they released their debut album on Courtney Pine's record label, Destin-E, which was hailed Jazz Album Of The Year by Mojo and Jazzwise. 2010 also saw them pick up the coveted MOBO award for Best Jazz Act and the UK's Peter Whittingham Award. They are dedicated to maintaining the roots of traditional modern jazz but have a definite finger on the pulse of the contemporary world. Empirical recently played a live set for Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 jazz programme.