Dennis began his playing career by completing his first record date at the age of 15. While still in his early twenties, he was offered a job to tour with jazz legend organist Groove Holmes and also offered a job to join the famous Funk Brothers as a studio musician at Motown. Dennis made the decision to work at Motown. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Jackson Five, and The Four Tops in Detroit and LA. He has also worked with Quincy Jones, Tom Jones, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Les Paul, Ringo Starr, and Larry Carlton.
His career encompasses sixteen solo albums and the movie theme song for Black Belt Jones from Warner Brothers. He has three international top ten hits with “Scorpio”, “Taurus”, and “Wings of Fire” and has two gold singles and one gold album. He has won numerous awards from Billboard Magazine and BMI and has played on over 100 million selling recordings. He also received a Pioneer Award as a Motown Funk Brother from the R&B Foundation in Philadelphia.
Dennis is in the documentary, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”, and the Academy Award winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man”. He has also appeared on the TV Special, “The Four Tops 50th Anniversary Show”, and on the Jimmy Fallon Show with The Roots Band. He has also performed at The Detroit Jazz Festival, SXSW, and Bonnaroo. Dennis also appears regularly at The Dirty Dog Jazz Café and The Northern Lights Lounge in Metro Detroit.
Dennis is signed to the Detroit Music Factory/Mack Avenue Records. He has a new CD out called “Down by the River” that is getting a lot of airplay and is number 12 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.