[ 16/12/2018 ]
The Bone People. 10 Trombones plus Rythm

 [ 18/11/2018 ]
Bird soup

 [ 28/10/2018 ]
Tribute to Erna Ferry.

 [ 16/09/2018 ]
Hot cafe is a quartet playing Gypsy Jazz.

 [ 19/08/2018 ]
School of Music Big Jazz Band

 [ 15/07/2018 ]
Shake Em On Downers

 [ 17/06/2018 ]
Musical celebration of Hadyn Sherley

 [ 20/05/2018 ]
Kevin Clark and Fran Barton

 [ 15/04/2018 ]
Ben Wilkcock and the Jelly Rolls

 [ 27/03/2018 ]
Ben Wilkcock and the Jelly Rolls

 [ 18/03/2018 ]
Nick Granville Big band

 [ 18/02/2018 ]
Andrew London Trio

 [ 22/01/2018 ]
Andrew London Trio

 [ 17/12/2017 ]
Bill West Jazz Band

 [ 19/11/2017 ]
Come Fly with Us and the very best of The Crooners

This is the Events Diary of gigs and events hosted by the Wellington Jazz Club, as well as other jazz gigs and jazz events around Wellington. To book tickets and tables go to Booking page on top menu.



Ben Wilkcock and the Jelly Rolls

27 March 2018

The Jelly Rolls.
April the 15th sees the return of The Jelly Rolls to The Wellington Jazz Club to play music from their latest release ‘The Phantom Canoe’.
Although Ben now resides in Rotorua, the trio still performs regularly around the country at various festivals and jazz clubs. For this performance they will showcase material from the album, as well as from their previous releases ‘Sneaky Weasel’, 'Live in Cromwell; The music of Cole Porter’ and ‘A short history of jazz; The 1930s’.
The Jelly Rolls style infuses Harlem stride with classic swing era influences such as Eroll Garner and Ahmad Jamal.
For this concert they will also be performing music from their recent Chamber Music NZ tour featuring compositions by Gershwin, Porter and Fats Waller.
The trio features The Troubles front man John Rae on the drums, and multi instrumentalist Dan Yeabsley on the bass and saxophones, with Ben taking centre stage on the piano.
Ben Wilcock - piano
John Rae - Drums
Dan Yeabsley - Bass
The Jelly Rolls.


John Rae composer, musician and band leader
John recorded his first album at the age of sixteen with the acclaimed Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and has subsequently recorded over 30 albums as a leader and side man including two BBC Jazz Albums of the Year (2004 and 2003).

From 2000-2003, John was the drummer for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and in 2005 was awarded a prestigious 'Herald Angel' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As an educator he has taught for many years and has a vast experience of running workshops and clinics. He is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators.

John is an artist teacher at Massey University and a teacher at Wellington High School. Since finishing the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music in July 2010, John continues to live and work in Wellington, New Zealand.

John leads Wellington Jazz group The Troubles. Other recent commissions include North to the Apricots (2016) for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Wellington Jazz Orchestra and Happy for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Concert Orchestra. For more see http://sounz.org.nz/contributor/composer/1843
Dan Yeabsley - Bass
Dan Yeabsley (bass) graduated from the Wellington Polytechnic Conservatorium of Music in 1966.
This time he will be playing bass but he is a multi-instrumentalist. With each band he appears to play a different instrument!
He regularly plays with: The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Fat Freddie’s Drop, The Troubles, Jelly Rolls Trio (Ben Wilcox & John Rae), and Twinset (with twin brother Chris).
Dan and brother Chris never intended to become Jazz musicians. Sons of a prominent economist, Daniel was going to be a mathematician, Christopher a lawyer. It was their teenage discovery of the music of Dave Brubeck that diverted them into a musical education. At eighteen, Daniel took up the sax and Christopher the piano. In spite of their relatively late start, they applied themselves to mastering their instruments with the same passion and obsessiveness with which they had previously collected vintage suits and restored old Holdens. They perform together in their group 'Twinset'.