Jelly Roll Productions is a not for profit organization
committed to cultivating both Lindy Hop and live jazz by providing high
quality dance events at affordable costs. Our ultimate goal is to reunite
the music, the people and the dance, just like it was when it all began.
Through this convergence, we strive to make great live jazz music accessible
to dancers, and introduce (or reintroduce) more jazz artists to the unique
creative outlet of playing for dancers. Jelly Roll Productions is dedicated
to using the synergy of these two exciting art forms to increase the general
interest and appreciation of jazz music and Lindy Hop.
Our goal is to continue to reach out to the jazz community
and promote greater awareness to the joy that Swing and jazz brings to
all. Our website is dedicated to thanking all the musicians who have played
for us and to providing information about our events to dancers and jazz
Being a New York City based organization, we make it our priority to host
dance events that tap into the musical talent that this jazz capital has
in store, and promote public awareness of Lindy Hop in the city where
it all began. As we gain national recognition, we will hope to create
more opportunities such as The Basie Centennial Ball.
• Nicole Frydman
• David Jacoby
• Christine Tse
• Steven Wexler
David Jacoby started dancing and organizing events
while at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was President of the
Penn Ballroom Dance Society and co-founder of West Philly Swingers, UPenn's
lindy hop troupe. Since 2001 he has been living in New York City, where
he DJs, dances, and frequents jazz clubs as much as possible. He is the
"House DJ" for Yehoodi.com's weekly dance, The Frim Fram Jam,
and has also DJed at many national events such as the American Lindy Hop
Championships, New Year's Extravaganza, North Atlantic Dance Championships,
Summer Hummer, Boston Tea Party, Summer Swing Jam, Swingin' New England,
Swing Fling and countless exchanges. David has yet to meet a bigger Gene
Harris fan than himself.
With a background in Material Science & Engineering,
Lindy Hop might seem like a rather far stretch. Nonetheless, the dance
and the music found their way into Christine’s life in 2000 as she
was pursuing her M.S. at Carnegie Mellon University. She has since moved
to New York and continues to dance regularly in NY and attend various
regional/national dance events in the country. Christine began producing
dance events in 2002 when she was asked to be the Managing Director of
Frankie Manning's 88th Birthday weekend. She’s also assisted at
the Harlem Jazz Dance Festival 2002 & 2003. Christine is a producer
of executive business conferences and contributes to this talented, creative
team, her “event engineering” skills.
Coming from a show biz family, Steven has been
involved in dancing and studying the arts since the age of 5. In his teens,
he got involved doing lighting, sound, and set-design in his local community.
In college, he began producing events. He produced several "Rock
Against Racism" concerts, and various Reggae, Ska, and Punk events.
In cooperation with Steve Weitzman of Rolling Stone Magazine, he co-produced
a large concert featuring legendary jazz guitarist Danny Gatton, and NRBQ.
Steve graduated Hunter with degrees in Political Science and Media Studies.
Steve began studying Lindy Hop in 1998. With the support and encouragement
from Dave Jacoby, Steven started to DJ in New York in 2001. Steve donated
his time in Lindy events such as Frankie Manning's 88th Birthday weekend,
the Harlem Dance Festival 2003, and of course all of Jelly Roll's highly
successful events. Steven is honored to be a part of Jelly Roll team.
Samantha has had an active background in
visual arts and musical performance
since childhood. She has always had exposure to jazz music, an influence
from her New Orleans family roots, but didn't truly gain appreciation
the music until only a few years ago. In late 2004, she attended a swing
dancing crash course through the suggestion of friends with the mindset
meeting new faces and a hesitation to learning to dance. Since that very
first weekend, Samantha has truly immersed herself in both the dance and
interpreting the music she grew up loving through the dance. She currently
dances regularly both in NYC most nights of the week, as well as at national
exchanges and workshop weekends as often as her time allows.
Although her roots are in Austin, Texas,
where she studied jazz, tap, modern
and ballet, she comes to us most recently from Los Angeles, California
she performed with Swing Un-Ltd., a performance company directed by the
renowned Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas. Beginning as a musical theater
actress, Evita has played lead roles and danced solos in several
professional regional theaters in TX and CA and has appeared as a featured
dancer in a few films including "Be Cool" She has choreographed
of original musicals including Lame
and Tell the Bees.
As a competitive
dancer she took 1st place for Strictly
Lindy at Bill
Cameron's Dance Pros
Championships, was a finalist in the national
ALHC All American Division
finished first in the 2002 Jack and
Jill competition. Having moved to New York,
Evita now brings her substantial teaching credentials to the swing staff
of Dance Manhattan.
As a teacher, performer, choreographer and frequent social dancer, Evita
is a key "flutter-by" promoter and enthusiast for all of Jelly
From Left to Right: Shorty Dave,
Sammy, Evita, Wexie, & Christine.
Staff Photographer. See Eli's work on
on our Gallery
*Very special thanks to Jean and the folks
over at Winston & Strawn for being our amazing legal team.