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The Jelly Roll Jazz Band



  • Dixieland jazz act
  • Excellent repertoire of traditional jazz featuring artists such as Elle Fitzgerald, Louis Prima and Benny Goodman
  • Perform as a trio as standard and can reduce to a duo or expand to a quartet
  • Perfect for walk-around and outdoor events.


The band is originally from Scarborough, but its members are now spread out around England and so are available to work across the country. They have recently performed in locations as diverse as Darlington, Hull and Warwick, but are now particularly looking to do more playing in London and the surrounding area.

Standard Set Times

  • Two hour-long sets separated by a 15 minute break.

About this Act

The Jelly Roll Jazz Band are a small traditional ('Dixieland') jazz group, playing a mixture of New Orleans standards, 1920s hits and jazzy takes on more modern tunes. Their music is characterised by a sense of lighthearted jollity, and permeated with dashes of eccentric humour that make it entertaining for audiences of all ages.

Although they usually play as a trio, the band has around 8 regular members, with the exact line-up depending on the type of event and which musicians are available. They play completely acoustically, so can easily perform outdoors or move around over the course of an event.

They take much of their inspiration from the greats of jazz such as Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, but often mix this with the surreal humour of Spike Jones and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band to produce music that doesn't take itself too seriously. This is a band that isn't afraid to have fun with the music, and this sense of playfulness shines through in their lively and exuberant performances.

Set List

All of Me - Ella Fitzgerald
Bill Bailey (Won’t You Come Home) - Arthur Collins
Hello Mabel - The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
I Wan’na Be Like You - Louis Prima
Margie - Al JolsonE
My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Sheik of Araby, The - Fats Waller
Sweet Sue, Just You - Benny Goodman
When the Saints - Louis Armstrong
When You’re Smiling - Billie Holiday

...and many many more!


  • Three piece band consisting of clarinet, banjo (or guitar) and double bass (or sousaphone).
  • Duo - clarinet and banjo or guitar
  • Quartet - clarinet, banjo or guitar, double bass or sousaphone, washboard


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