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Dennis Brock Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter and Producer Dennis Brock was born October 4, 1954 to parents Jake and Jessie Brock of St. Louis, Mo. Dennis was born into a musical family with musical influences of gospel, blues, R&B and jazz. At the age of eleven Dennis was inspired by his uncle Chester Jones, who played the guitar and noticed his nephews' interest in the instrument. He gave Dennis his first guitar, a Fender/Mustang. One year later he was playing the guitar with other family members. By age twelve Dennis was playing in his first group, The Jones Singers, a gospel group that included two uncles and three aunts. Dennis took private lessons and studied music theory and guitar at Forest Park College and Washington University. By age sixteen Dennis was performing with an R&B band called Free Love. While a member of Free Love Dennis played gigs on U.S. Military Bases and various resorts. In his early twenties Dennis formed his own R&B band with fellow musicians called the First Edition performing in theSt. Louis area. First Edition opened for a wide range of musical groups including Jazz artist, Bobbie Humphrey, the R&B group Fazo, and legendary Blues great Albert King. Dennis' musical career began to expand. He would go on to perform with gospel, R&B and jazz bands throughout the St. Louis and surrounding areas. Local groups like The Bible Tones, Luther Ingram, Barbara Carr, The Oliver Sain Review, The Motown Review, and Shirley Brown, all of St Louis, Missouri as well as the Williams Brothers of Jackson Mississippi. Dennis plays various musical genres ranging from Motown, funk, jazz, blues, rock, gospel and reggae. Dennis is a skilled musician playing multiple instruments including drums, bass guitar, keyboards percussions and lead and rhythm guitar, his instrument of choice. Being the nephew of the renowned delta blues singer and harmonica player Big George Brock of Granada, Mississippi gave Dennis his blues influences. He would listen to his uncle sing and play the blues as a child Dennis is also the nephew of legendary St. Louis Cardinal Baseball player Lou Brock. Dennis was first introduced to reggae music in the early1980's while playing in a crossover band called Island. He began to love Reggae music from that point on. Dennis began to learn more about the spiritual culture of the Rastafarians philosophy he would later adapt it as his own spiritual lifestyle and became reborn into Rastafari In the early 1990's Dennis started his first reggae band called Niyah. After 2 years the band broke up. Dennis and a bass player from Dominica named Art Richards formed another reggae band called Natty. Over the next 5 years Natty performed at reggae clubs throughout Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The band, Natty,would also open for major reggae artist such as Burning Spear, Third World, Mutabarukka, Dennis Brown, Michael Rose, Lucky Dube, Whirl A Girl, Don Carlos, Israel Vibrations, Gregory Isaac, and Sugar Minott, to name a few. Natty also performed at concerts and festivals in Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Chicago. Inspired by the enormous success of the band, Dennis decided it was time to go into the studio and work on his first solo CD and write his own music. Dennis also performed in two musical plays for the Black Rep. Theater of St Louis Mo. Tell Me Something Good, in wich he played guitar with the band that back up the musical performers in the play. Also performed in a musical play called" "sarafina" in wich he played a soldier in the south african army. He performed in a musical play by Lynn Nottage' called Ruined where he played the guitar, and played a Congo soldier All of the plays were produced and directed by Ron Himes of the Black Rep. Theater of St. Louis Mo All plays were performed in St. Louis Mo.Recently Added
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