Jellyroll Band Leader: Kurt Titchenell
Kurt Titchenell is the founder and President of BVTLive! He is also the band leader, trombone player, and co-creator of the award winning dance band Jellyroll and has been performing with the band since 1980.
Kurt began studying music at an early age leading him to pick up the trombone at age 15. Kurt has studied at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and continued his studies at West Chester University where he received his degree.
In 1980, while attending West Chester University, Kurt co-founded the band Jellyroll and continues to perform in the band today. As leader of Jellyroll, he led the band to become one of the most sought after acts in the Philadelphia area. Acknowledged as a top Philadelphia band by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jellyroll has also received “Best Of Philly” (Philadelphia Magazine), “Best Of Delaware” (Delaware Today), and “Best Of The Main Line” (Main Line Today) Awards. Most recently, Jellyroll was awarded the honor of being selected as one of the top 75 bands in the country by Modern Bride Magazine.
In 1999 Kurt founded Brandywine Valley Talent, now BVTLive, which has become one of the area’s leading dance bands and full service, live music talent agencies. BVTLive acts will perform at over 1,000 events this year.
Kurt personally performs at over 100 events annually and has become a sought after expert, whose entertainment advice has appeared in many publications, including “Modern Bride” and the “Jewish Exponent.” Kurt has also appeared on the “Ultimate Weddings” television show. He is a member of NACE (National Association of Catering Executives), and has served on the Philadelphia chapter’s executive board. In addition to Philadelphia’s chapter, he is also a member of the Las Vegas chapter of NACE, having spoken on behalf of the association at the exclusive Wynn Casino. Kurt has also spoken as an expert for various other associations countrywide, and was recently awarded the Philadelphia Chapter of NACE’s prestigious “Spirit of NACE Award.” As owner of BVTLive, Kurt believes strongly in charity and community service. BVTLive has sponsored many high profile charitable events, lending the agency’s talents to prominent organizations including Alex’s Lemonade Stand and The Philadelphia Flyers Wives Fight For Lives Carnival.
In 2007, Kurt and his band, Jellyroll, received the ultimate honor for any musician, an invitation to perform at the Congressional Ball, held in the East Room at The White House. The performance was so successful that the band returned for a repeat performance in 2008.
Kurt’s dedication to his profession is evident in every aspect of his professional life. As President of BVTLive, Kurt is committed to making your event a success.
The best decision I ever made (besides marrying my husband) was hiring Jellyroll to play at our wedding this September (2016). Guests would not stop talking about how great the band was, how I found them, and if I could send them their information. The dance floor was literally never empty. Towards the end of the night every. Single. Person. At our wedding was crammed onto the dance floor. Guests said they had never seen anything like it! Trust me, hire Jellyroll and you will be SOO happy you did! They are so much fun, so professional, and SO talented! I could not have asked for a better experience!
Thank you Kurt and Jellyroll!!!
Carly and Jeff Garcia
Jillian couldn't see the point of spending so much money on a band when a DJ would play the actual musicians' work. After a solo scouting expedition of about 20 bands, Todd took her to see Jellyroll. "I found a band that changed her mind," he said.
A very special thank you to Jellyroll, hands down the best band for any event! They performed at our daughter's wedding this past Saturday, August 20, at the Atrium at the Curtis Center. Last year, they played at our son's wedding at the Downtown Club. This band exhibits professionalism and a consistent quality to their music. They radiate a connective energy, and a filled dance floor is a testament to that. We absolutely love them, and we highly recommend them, without reservation. What an outstanding group of musical talent!