Young & Rollins

Young & Rollins


The dynamic, all-original music of Young & Rollins draws from Latin jazz, salsa, samba, bossa nova, flamenco and classical music. In concert, the guitar virtuosos perform with Latin percussion and bass and together they have wowed audiences around the world with their spirited performances.


Through their internationally popular recordings, televised concerts, and renowned live performances with their Quintet, Young & Rollins have established themselves as one of today's most innovative Latin guitar groups.

Some Recent Highlights:
· Their new album, Esperanza, was released worldwide in March, 2005 on Bolero Records, home to a roster of top Latin guitar acts.
· The Young & Rollins Quintet performed in June, 2005, at the prestigious Salisbury Festival in the UK.
· 2 tracks by Young & Rollins are on the Billboard top 10 compilation CD, "Bolero Gypsies", and 1 track is on the upcoming release, "Caravan", available exclusively in Sharper Image stores worldwide.
· A half-hour Young & Rollins televised concert on PBS stations is broadcasting to 75 million households across the U.S. and will continue in rotation through 2005.
· Featured on a 50 minute program on Voice of America that will broadcast repeatedly around the world.
· Young & Rollins performed several sold out concerts at the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, and the Sydney Opera House in February and March of 2004. A return tour is being planned.

What the experts are saying:

Jo Metcalf Shore, current Director of the Salisbury Festival in the UK, and former Music Manager of the Perth International Arts Festival, booked Young & Rollins an unprecedented 2 years in a row at Australia's prestigious Perth International Arts Festival. She writes, "Audiences were left spellbound by the band."

Utah Arts Festival Director, Robyn Nelson, a veteran festival executive in the U.S., offered the following comment on Young & Rollins’s performance at the 2004 Utah Arts Festival: "I have rarely come across a group that has left such a strong impression as Young & Rollins."

* Read the full reference letters from these Festival officials in the "Press" section *

About Young & Rollins:

Dan Young and Lawson Rollins began collaborating after a chance meeting in a Washington, D.C., flamenco guitar shop in 1998. They came from different musical backgrounds - Lawson started out as a classically trained guitarist before moving into Latin American guitar styles, while Dan holds a degree in jazz from the New School University in New York City - but they immediately realized that they shared a similar musical vision. Both had a profound love of Latin music, particularly the Brazilian, salsa, and flamenco traditions, as well as an appreciation of the contemporary developments in those genres. But in their own work, they sought to move beyond the often confining boundaries of musical genres.

"Basically, we're striving to break down these artificial barriers that have evolved in music. We've tried to open ourselves up to a diversity of influences and to explore new paths for creative expression," Dan explains. Lawson agrees: "Working together has really forced us to combine elements of our very different musical backgrounds and has resulted in a natural fusion process. Young & Rollins is really a hybrid of different styles that joins our enthusiasm for experimentation with a respect for different musical traditions."

Soon after meeting, Lawson and Dan began playing together, and their unique sound attracted a loyal following. Focusing on originality and experimentation, they perform only their own compositions, which draw upon an eclectic mixture of salsa, Latin jazz, blues, samba, bossa nova, flamenco, and classical styles. Their work is noted for its complex arrangements, unexpected melodic development, bold virtuosity, and improvisational flair. Through collaborations with several acclaimed musicians, they expanded to a quintet format, in which percussive rhythms and bass lines highlight the fast-paced interplay between the two guitarists.

In the spring of 2000, Young & Rollins signed an international recording contract with the Los Angeles-based label, Baja/TSR Records, home to such internationally known musicians as Armik, Luis Villegas, and the band Novamenco. Their debut recording, Salsa Flamenca, was released later that summer to critical acclaim. The Latin American Folk Institute declared Salsa Flamenca "one of this year's best, an album to be treasured" and wrote, "Rarely do we find a debut album in which every song is as musically vibrant and masterfully performed." After receiving such praise - as well as significant radio play both nationally and internationally - Salsa Flamenca went on to enter the Billboard top 25 charts in October, 2000. A half hour concert of music from the album recorded in 2001 continues to be broadcast on U.S. television stations across the nation, attesting to the appeal of Young & Rollins as an exciting live band.

Following the success of Salsa Flamenca, Young & Rollins released their second album of new original music, Sevilla, in November, 2001. The album was heralded in Esquire magazine as "dynamic world music", while JAZZIZ mag


Esperanza (Bolero Records, 2005)
Sevilla (Baja/TSR Records, 2001)
Salsa Flamenca (Baja/TSR Records, 2000)

Set List

Young & Rollins performs a mix of original songs from their 3 current studio albums: Esperanza, Sevilla, and Salsa Flamenca. Each album includes tracks that have received national and international airplay. Original tracks such as Scorpion, Salsa Flamenca, Cactus, Come & Go, Midnight Rendezvous, and Afternoon Cha Cha continue to receive airplay. Additionally, a 30 minute concert of music from their album Salsa Flamenca was featured in a long running PBS concert series in the U.S. that is still re-broadcast on stations across the country.

Typically, Young & Rollins will perform 2 sets in a full concert, with each set running 45 minutes. Young & Rollins also perform single set concerts of approximately 90 minutes. They can be flexible with their set length if necessary.