"Everyone loves jazz music, they just don't know it!" This is the fundamental thought behind Original Jelly Roll Soul. Original Jelly Roll Soul is based out of Foster, Rhode Island. A place far, far off the jazz map. It was started in the summer of 2010, and has evolved into a band that prides themselves on the idea of constantly evolving, musically, and technically. OJRS is a six piece band consisting of: vocals, cornet, sax, guitar, piano, upright bass and percussion. Their performances are always diverse, humorous, high energy, and fun, with PLENTY of dancing.
Original Jelly Roll Soul has a sound that is very unique. Think Louis Armstrong meets Louis Jordan for lunch in Cuba, or Trinidad perhaps. The group presents their sound "Roots Jazz" within the many sub-genres of danceable jazz music, including: New Orleans, swing, jump, hard bop, Afro-Cuban, as well as Ethiopian, and others. They also draw from the many genres, such as blues, gospel, ragtime, calypsos and other Caribbean styles of music that came together in early New Orleans to create jazz. This is a group that cannot be pigeonholed into one particular genre, and as such it automatically sets them apart from most bands out there today. It also keeps the listener on their toes, interested and eager to see what's next.
The band follows a very simple philosophy in its approach to bringing jazz to the masses. Band leader JP Beausoleil says, “Jazz is the sound of everyday life. It is a sound that everyone can relate to on some level, in some sort of way. That is the main reason I started this band. And it is that reason, among others, that separate us from your run of the mill Jazz band.” Indeed, this group is NOT your ordinary jazz band. So if you want an exciting, uplifting, danceable, and educational musical experience then this is the group to see. So accept our invitation and get yourself an Original Jelly Roll Soul too!!!!
Original Jelly Roll Soul has shared the stage with some great acts like the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops,The American Songster Dom Flemons, as well as many other great and influential musicians.
But as Thelonious Monk says, " Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." So, onto the music!
OJRS was a nominee for 2011 Jazz act of the year for The New England Music Awards. And also for best Jazz band for the RI Motif Music Awawrds.