Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Gentry III, Hollis
Gentry III, Hollis, saxophone; He took up the saxophone at the age of 9. In 1973, he caught the attention of Barry White who grabbed Gentry's band to join him and his thirty-piece "Love Unlimited Orchestra" on a world tour. During that same era the band also collaborated briefly with the late Cannonball Adderley.
Hollis completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Fine Arts at the University of California San Diego in 1976. Entering graduate school, he then received his Master of Arts degree in 1980. He's one of the founding members of the southern California band "Fattburger" along with band members Carl Evans and bassist Nathan East. As the first-ever jazz artist to appear with the San Diego Symphony, Hollis opened the doors to performance for an eclectic array of artists. Hollis is featured on numerous recordings, and has appeared in numerous television shows, to include Arsenio Hall with the Stanley Clark Band.