The Jelly Roll Jazz Band

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The Jelly Roll Jazz Band

The Jelly Roll Jazz Band - Taking the 'modern' out of modern jazz

The Jelly Roll Jazz Band is a lively and dynamic traditional (‘Dixieland’) jazz trio.
From: £500 per event

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The Jelly Roll Jazz Band is a traditional (‘Dixieland’) jazz trio, originally based in the North East of England but now working regularly across the U.K. They play a mixture of 1920s standards (e.g. ‘When You’re Smiling’, ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’), classic swing tunes (‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Fly Me To the Moon’), and more modern songs in a trad. jazz style – ‘…Baby One More Time’ never sounded so good!

Their influences include jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller, as well as more eccentric interpreters such as The Temperance Seven and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

The musicians are drawn from a pool of around 5 core players, with occasional special guests. Typically they perform as a trio of clarinet, banjo or guitar, and double bass or sousaphone (with maybe an occasional duck whistle or pair of spoons thrown in for good measure). The band is also completely acoustic, making it ideal for outdoor and walkaround events.

They perform at all sorts of occasions, including weddings, parties, festivals and agricultural shows. Recent engagements have included the Tour de Yorkshire, Yorkshire Day, and (controversially) The Royal Lancashire Show.

2 Reviews
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Miri Firth

Oct. 21, 2023

Excellent - would highly recommend. Talented musicians who offered a fab set list for my 1920s themed birthday. Thanks to all of you!

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Geraldine Durand

July 16, 2022

Jelly roll jazz band have been fantastic! Very nice and talented trio who have entertained all my guests at the wedding and have created a great atmosphere during the cocktail part! highly recommend and they are a bargain!
Don’t hesitate to hire them, you won’t regret them!



  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:

    A traditional ('Dixieland') jazz trio, playing a mixture of 1920s jazz standards, classic swing tunes and more modern songs in a trad. jazz style.

  • What are the highlights of your career?

    Playing on top of a tank at the Royal Bath & West Show 2018.

  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

    We play completely acoustically, meaning: We don't need a power supply. We can perform outdoors. We can walk around whilst playing.

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Wedding receptions Birthday parties Restaurant background music Agricultural shows Festivals and fayres Funerals

  • Who are your previous clients?

    Weird Fish (Scarborough high street branch) Royal Bath & West Show Scarborough Spa Complex (restaurant) Scarborough Borough Council (for the Tour de Yorkshire)

  • How can event planners pay for your services?

    Cash Cheque Bank transfer

  • How long do you play for?

    We usually perform for 2 hours, with a break in between.

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    No. We usually perform acoustically in well-lit environments.

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

    We can provide public liability insurance if required. We do not use any electronics, so PAT testing is unnecessary.

  • How much space do you require?

    We are a very compact band, capable of squeezing into tight spaces. We only need enough space for the three of us, our instruments, and a music stand.

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    Certainly. Let us know in advance if you have any special requests and we'll arrange them specially to be included in our performance.

  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    Usually we perform for 2 hours, with a 15-minute break in the middle. However, we are very flexible with timings and happy to fit our sets around the structure of your event.

Set List/Services

The band has a wide repertoire containing around 100 songs from the past 120 years. These include:

Bill Bailey (Won’t You Come Home)
Hello Mabel
I Wan’na Be Like You
My Heart Will Go On
The Sheik of Araby
Sweet Sue, Just You
When the Saints
When You’re Smiling

They are also happy to take requests.