Biography

Dennis Frehse was born in October 1979 in Hannover, Germany. He showed interest and talent for music at an early age but it wasn’t until the age of fifteen that he started studying the drum set. Dennis learned and developed quickly and soon drew interest from local musicians around his hometown. By the age of seventeen, he started working with various jazz bands and also joined some music competitions.

In 1999, Dennis auditioned for the prestigious Berklee College of Music, got accepted and received a scholarship. In January 2001 he moved to Boston, USA to start his studies at Berklee and he graduated in May 2004. After graduation Dennis stayed another year in Boston to gain more experience from the vital and lively music scene around New England. A few highlights from that time are concerts with some of his mentors like Hal Crook & Dave Santoro, being featured on a masterclass DVD by Joe Lovano under the title “Developing a Personal Approach” (Berklee Press) and being member of saxophonist Mike Tucker’s Quartet. In 2004 Dennis was chosen to travel to Japan and France as leader of a student ensemble to represent Berklee College of Music.

In 2005, Dennis moved back to Germany, first living in his hometown Hannover before moving to the city of Duesseldorf in 2006. He started playing various gigs and concerts around Germany and surrounding countries and also became active as an educator in both private lessons and workshops. Musicians he had a chance to work with during this time include Branford Marsalis, Martin Sasse, Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr, Olaf Polziehn, Thomas Rückert, Michel Reis besides many others.

In February 2009 Dennis moved to Japan. He is currently a member of trumpeter Tomonao Hara’s Band, house drummer at Roppongi’s famed “Maduro Bar” and freelancing with various groups.  Since coming to Japan, Dennis has worked with Makoto Ozone, Paquito D’Rivera, Sadao Watanabe, Seiko Matsuda, Dan Nimmer, Kengo Nakamura, Junko Moriya, Tomonao Hara, Kazuhiko Kondo, Yoshiro Okazaki, Shiro Sasaki, Lisa Ono and Jun Abe besides many others, on stage and in the recording studio. 

Dennis has released two CDs as a leader in Japan. “trifoje” (2012) and “rollin’ “( 2014), both on 78Label.

 Dennis is an endorser for CANOPUS drums, Zildjian cymbals and Regal Tip sticks & brushes.