Who is the real Jellyroll?

Who is the Real JELLYROLL® – BVTLive!


Philadelphia Wedding Band JELLYROLL® Hotter Than Ever 

JELLYROLL® , Philly’s original horn band and the region’s most popular wedding & dance band since 1980, is busier than ever performing at the region’s highest end and most sophisticated luxury weddings and events, including The Army Navy Gala, The Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate Preview Gala, and even prior events at the White House.  As they continue to provide live entertainment to weddings and events, they not only bring their signature style and sound, but dazzle audiences everywhere with their tight vocals, powerful horns, and strong musicianship.

Jellyroll performs the Black Tie Tailgate at the PA Convention Center by Lafayette Hill Studio

JELLYROLL® performs the 2023 Black Tie Tailgate Gala at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

You may have heard of another ‘Jelly Roll’ who has recently gained some fame in the country music scene – Jason DeFord, the Nashville area crossover singer songwriter. Our company is known to be musician friendly, and encourages performers to find their passion, however it is imperative that we avoid confusion for our band JELLYROLL®, who has been on the scene, and trademarked, performing for over 40 years.


JELLYROLL®, was started by BVTLive! owner Kurt Titchenell in 1980.  His unparalleled love for music and passion for the stage was the driving force behind the band’s rise to success. Originally, JELLYROLL® was a group of guys who really enjoyed playing music with one another and slowly but surely took over the Philly and surrounding area club scene.  Gig after gig, they continued to grow into one of the hottest bands in the Philly area, and eventually started taking on the private event industry. JELLYROLL® began booking luxury weddings and events nonstop and now, 40+ years later, still taking the industry by storm.

Jellyroll, Philadelphia's Original Horn Band, in 1980.

JELLYROLL® Band in 1980.

Kurt Titchenell explains: “While we wish Mr. DeFord the best in his career, we nevertheless have an obligation to inform the public that Mr. DeFord’s use of our band name JELLYROLL® is confusing, misleading, and an infringement on our trademark.  We have run into issues with our social media accounts, search engine optimization, Google Ads, as well as overall brand recognition. We hope that Mr. DeFord respects what the JELLYROLL® band has achieved, and continues to achieve, as a high-level event band that brings joy to thousands of people.”

BVTLive! Jellyroll Band Performs Wedding at Ritz-Carlton of Philadelphia

JELLYROLL® Performs Wedding at Ritz-Carlton of Philadelphia

Book Philadelphia Luxury Wedding Band, JELLYROLL®

JELLYROLL® seeks to end any confusion by informing the public, search engines, and social media sites that Jason DeFord is not affiliated in any way with JELLYROLL®. JELLYROLL® is pursuing its rights under federal law against the unlawful use of its name and will continue to draw a distinction between JELLYROLL® and Mr. DeFord’s act until this is resolved. We seek to avoid further confusion among the public that JELLYROLL® is associated Mr. DeFord in any way. We know this has caused confusion among the public as to the origin of the entertainment services performed under the trademark JELLYROLL® and we are deeply saddened and hurt by this.

*JELLYROLL® is a registered trademark owned by Kurt Titchenell, used with, and licensed to BVTLive!

Jellyroll Band Performs Black Tie Tailgate at the PA Convention Center by Lafayette Hill Studio

Guided by his experience as the bandleader of Philadelphia’s top band, Jellyroll, and President of BVTLive!, Kurt Titchenell has kept dance floors packed and created unforgettable memories for thousands of events nationwide! Widely acclaimed as an entertainment expert, Kurt and BVTLive! have earned the most prestigious accolades in the industry. Most notably were two Jellyroll performances at The White House. Kurt's dedication to the success of every event is evident through his passion for creating the ultimate party experience. As President of BVTLive!, Kurt is committed to making your event a success.