The Old Jelly Rollers are a group of seven young jazz musicians and musical educators from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, London. We hope to travel to New Orleans in February 2017 to create an online resource for all music students and children in the UK.
We aim to organise interviews with celebrated musicians in the home land of jazz, and in addition will document our experience of Mardi Gras and music culture in the French Quarter. The information, videos, interviews and inspiration gathered will then be developed into both an online resource and interactive workshops that will make music education accessible to a broad audience.
The Old Jelly Rollers were formed to celebrate both the centennial anniversary of the first ever jazz recording and the birth of George Webb (considered by many as the father of the British traditional jazz movement) in 1917. By making jazz education accessible to a wider audience, we wish to protect this rich heritage and promote arts education.
We currently rely entirely on crowd funding and busking to support our pilgrimage, and need to raise £10,000 by the 20th December 2016 to fund equipment and get us to The Crescent City - every penny counts!
Photography by Henrijs Grabovskis