Welcome to JerryVelona.com - website for...wait for it...Jerry Velona and the Joint Venture Band! Please enter for more startling revelations as well as info about my music, gigs, bands, my blog, embarrassing photos from the past, and other info that you might find mildly interesting and, hopefully, entertaining.
My latest album Love Radio is available for sale and download at CDBaby.com! You can simply click on the Buy link at the top left on my homepage and will be directed there. The songs are also available on Amazon, ITunes and most download sites as well as streaming sites like Spotify. However, please purchase through CD Baby if you can as they support independent artists like few other companies out there. (They also pay artists much more for their songs)
For more of the background and specifics on the album and the songs, click on Blog just to the top left here on my homepage and you'll get all the info/dirt! You can also stream full versions of some of the songs by clicking the Music tab on my home page. Love Radio has received positive reviews in The Noise-Boston, Metronome and from Boston Globe critic Steve Morse.
Here's the video for the lead track on the record Looking for Lewis and Clark. It's composed by Sid Griffin and was a hit for his band The Long Ryders in the 1980's. About our version Sid commented: “Jerry Velona once again proves his musical worth in a balls-to-the-wall cover version of the Long Ryders’ ‘Looking For Lewis & Clark’, a pounding yet melodic take which begs the question: where are the great and fearless leaders of the present day? Velona’s committed vocal and approach to the lyric may not provide a complete set of answers but Oh Mercy, they frame the question so very, very well.”
Appeared as a guest on WMFO 91.5 Medford on the Crash Course for the Ravers show to promote the album and play some tunes acoustically along with Richard Gates on bass and Billy Loosigian on guitar. Here's a video shot by my lovely daughter Nina on my I phone. We're performing my song When I Wake Up from the album Love Radio.
The ever-evolving Joint Venture Band 3.0 (or 4.0, who can keep track at this point) has been playing gigs in support of the Love Radio. Here's a clip from a rehearsal with friends and frequent special guests Debbie Pierre on vocals and Larry Luddecke on piano followed up another one of us doing one of my favorite Ray Charles tunes "You Don't Know Me"
The Joint Venture Band has gone through a few different incarnations. Here are a few tunes from a gig we did a few years back.
Here's a video we did to celebrate the 2013 World Champion Red Sox and their closer Koji Uehara. We did a parody of the classic tune Sea Cruise which got massive play on sports talk and even during the game broadcast. At last check there were over 201,000 hits. Uuuu-eeeee! :-)
The Koji song and video were well received in Japan. Koji himself saw it and tweeted out the link. Here's an interview I did with the Tokyo Broadcasting System from outside Fenway the night the Sox won the World Series.
My EP/CD Dream Girl had a nice run in 2012/2013. The title track reached #26 on the SmoothJazz.com charts and received extensive airplay in the US and Europe.
Featured on Dream Girl was a cover of the jazz classic If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon. Here's a video we did for that one.
If you haven't seen my music video for the song Leave Me Alone, check it out here. The song became a Libertarian anthem of sorts. Was promoted by a free market think tank in Italy and a prominent anti-anti-smoking activist in NYC. Click on the Press tab to see what people said about it.