Jellyroll

Swing
Bay Music and Entertainment performer Jellyroll

Born out of the Swing craze of the early 90’s Jellyroll has since come into their own. From the very beginning they have embraced a sound that’s unique, danceable and stylish.The tunes they pull from the late 40’s and early 50’s come straight from the roots of Rhythm and Blues. They cover tracks from artists like Helen Humes, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Mae Morse, T-bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown, and Tiny Grimes. Their originals are distinctively styled and fit seamlessly in the dance set.

They’re fronted by a charismatic, smokey-voiced gal named Belinda Blair who is one of the few female singers in this style that’s got some real backbone and fiery blues to offer up. Miss Blair has fronted countless groups here in the States as well as in Paris, London and Zurich. She has a sound, either live or recorded, that is distinctly her own.

The leader of the group, Steve Dekrone, who learned his basics at Berkelee School of Music, writes the arrangements providing a perfect backdrop to highlight Miss B’s crooning ability. Belinda and Steve met through musicians playing swing on the streets of Paris and are the two founding members and songwriters of Jellyroll.

The musicianship of the band is as precise as a well-made martini. The horns blow hard and often hellacious with Gavin Distasi on trumpet and Dave Wells on tenor sax – these cats are a tight little section and both are righteous and exciting jump soloists. John Finkbeiner is a vintage guitar player who really knows his stuff. Be it the guitar works of Charlie Christian or T-Bone Walker he knows how to take you there. The bus driver is Seth Ford-Young on the double-bass who lays down a solid groove with Dekrone. They swing so hard the dancers seem to live on the dance floor.

Jellyroll has something for everyone: music for dancing or just straight on kickin’ jump blues. They always win their audience.

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Jellyroll Repertoire
ALL OF ME Lee Konitz
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE Wes Montgomery
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Charlie Parker
ALONE TOGETHER Miles Davis
AUTUMN LEAVES Miles Davis
BLACK ORPHEUS Dexter Gordon
BODY AND SOUL Coleman Hawkins
BUT NOT FOR ME Chet Baker
CHEEK TO CHEEK Ahmad Jamal
COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Chet Baker
CORCAVADO Stan Getz
DAAHOUD Clifford Brown
DARN THAT DREAM Miles Davis
DESAFINADO Stan Getz
EAST OF THE SUN Red Norvo
EMBRACEABLE YOU Chet Baker
EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME Billie Holliday
FOOLIN’ MYSELF Billie Holliday
GET OUT OF TOWN Lennie Tristano
GONE WITH THE WIND Fats Navarro
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET Miles Davis
HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES McCoy Tyner
HONEY SUCKLE ROSE Miles Davis
HOW HIGH THE MOON Lester Young
I CAN’T GET STARTED Duke Ellington
I COULD WRITE A BOOK Miles Davis
I COVER THE WATERFRONT Django Reinhardt
I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU Duke Ellington
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS Sonny Stitt
I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Frank Sinatra
I GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING Frank Sinatra
I LOVE YOU John Coltrane
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU Charles Mingus
I REMEMBER YOU Sonny Stitt
IF I WERE A BELL Miles Davis
I’LL REMEMBER APRIL Sonny Rollins
IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY Dave Brubeck
IN A MELLOW TONE Duke Ellington
JUST FRIENDS Chet Baker
JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS Billie Holliday
JUST SQUEEZE ME Duke Ellington
LADY BIRD Miles Davis
LOVE WALKED IN Grant Green
LESTER LEAPS IN Lester Young
LETS COOL ONE Theolonious Monk
MOOD INDIGO Duke Ellington
MOON GLOW Coleman Hawkins
MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT Johnny Smith
MISTY Erroll Garner
MY LITTLE SUEDE SHOES Charlie Parker
MY OLD FLAME Stan Getz
NANCY Paul Desmond
NIGHT AND DAY Charlie Parker
NIGHT IN TUNISIA Dizzy Gillespiex
NOWS THE TIME Miles Davis
OLD FOLKS Sonny Rollins
OLEO Miles Davis
ON A MISTY NIGHT John Coltrane
OUT OF NOWHERE Charlie Parker
PERDIDO Dizzy Gillespie
PENT UP HOUSE Sonny Rollins
RUBY MY DEAR Theolonious Monk
SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN Red Norvo
SEPTEMBER SONG Django Reinhardt
SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE Sonny Rollins
SONNY MOON FOR TWO Sonny Rollins
SOON Johnny Smith
STABLE MATES Miles Davis
STARS FELL IN ALABAMA Billie Holliday
STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY Ahmad Jamal
STRIKE UP THE BAND Billie Holliday
SWEET GEORGIA BROWN Lester Young
TEA FOR TWO Lester Young
TEACH ME TONIGHT Erroll Garner
TENDERLY Johnny Smith
THE MAN I LOVE Quincy Jones
THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE Sonny Rollins
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU Chet Baker
THERE’S A SMALL HOTEL Stan Getz
THESE FOOLISH THINGS Miles Davis
TIME AFTER TIME Stan Getz
THIS I DIG OF YOU Hank Mobely UNTIL THE REAL THING COMES ALONG Dexter Gordon
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE Miles Davis
WHAT’S NEW? Clifford Brown
WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE Lee Konitz
WHEN YOUR SMILING Billie Holliday
WITHOUT A SONG Sonny Rollins
WILLOW WEEP FOR ME Dexter Gordon
YARDBIRD SUITE Charlie Parker
YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC Bill Evans
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Lee Konitz
YOU GO TO MY HEAD Sara Vaughn
FIRST DANCE SUGGESTIONS:
Body And Soul Billie Holliday
Our Love is Here to Stay Ella Fitzgerald
The Nearness of You Ella Fitzgerald
But Beautiful Sarah Vaughn
Come Rain or Come Shine Billie Holliday
You Go To My Head Billie Holliday
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE SUGGESTIONS:
Everything I Have is Yours Sarah Vaughn
Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
JUMP-SWING DANCE SETS:
Tell Me What’s The Reason T-Bone Walker
Tuxedo Junction Glenn Miller
Forty Cups Of Coffee Ella Mae Morse
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t My Baby Louis Jordan
I Know What I Got Louis Jordan
Blue Light Boogie Louis Jordan
Voo-It Helen Hunes
Too Late Little Walter
Artic Ocean Ella Fitzgerald
Raise Up Baby Little Walter
Be Good Or Be Gone Chuck Willis
Whatcha Gonna Do Chuck Willis
Yes, I Know Linda Hayes
How Come Big Mama Thorton
Good Rockin’ Daddy Big Mama Thorton
Love Me Or Leave Me Nina Simone
Swing Brother Swing Ella Fitzgerald
Ain’t That Fine Ray Charles
That’s All Ruth Brown
Movin’ Out Today Tiny Grimes
Flat Foot Floogie Slim & Slam
Hit That Jive Jack
R&B (by request only)
I Feel Good
Knock On Wood
Take Me To The River
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
Grapevine
At Last
Shotgun

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