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Hey you!  Yeah, that's right, YOU! :-)  Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Before you start poking around, you'd do me a huuuuge favor by signing up for my mailing list just to the left here. To return the favor I'll send you a FREE download card with the tunes from my new album About Funk in Time to be released later in 2018.  I appreciate it!

 

 

 And speaking of About Funk in Time, recording began in May of 2017 and is just about finished as of this writing (April 2018). The record contains 13 tracks - 2 originals and the rest covers of some of my favorite soul, funk and R&B tracks.  The covers range from hits like Marvin Gaye's "Hitchhike" to obscure B sides like "She's So Good To Me" by Bobby Womack and performed first by Wilson Pickett.  These songs and this style of music have always moved me and made me happy and I've performed many of them over the years with various bands. This music is exciting and crosses so many boundaries so I'm hoping to find a new audience as well as (hopefully) please those like me who already are in love with it. Stay tuned!

 

I'm in the process of upping my social media game so you may be connecting with me soon on Instagram and Twitter as well as my existing Facebook page at Jerry Velona Music.  I'm also changing around and beefing up my YouTube channel. Lastly, I'm starting to publish a monthly newsletter which will be my main way of communicating with my loyal fans as well as building a new audience.  I'll post the link to sign up for that here once it's established. 

 

The Joint Venture Band has been working regularly and we're proud to have Tim Archibald on board as our regular bassist. Tim is one of the finest players in Boston and we've been working with him on and off for the past year or so. Click on the calendar in the banner above to see where our next gig will be.  We hope to see you soon!

 

I'm very excited about releasing the new album later in 2018.  The record features some of Boston's best musicians, many of whom I proudly count as friends. Here are just a few of them from sessions at both Q Division in Somerville and Woolly Mammoth in Waltham.  We had a blast recording these songs.  I hope it shows through in the music!

Musicians on About Funk in Time recording sessionMusicians at Recording SessionMusicians at Woolly Mammoth recording sessionGordon Beadle and Phil GrenadierSamantha and JVBertram Lehman and me

 Larry Luddecke and meJoe Musella, Tom Appleman and JVEd Scheer at Woolly MammothJV on drums  

 (top left - Duke Levine, JV, Dave Limina, Anthony Vitti. Top right - Jeff Galindo, JV, Walter Platt, Paul Ahlstrand. 2nd row left - JV, Tom Appleman, Dave Limina, David Minehan, Joe Musella. 2nd row right - Phil Grenadier, Gordon Beadle.  3rd row left - Samantha Jordan, JV. 3rd row right - Bertram Lehman, JV.  4th row left - Larry Luddecke, JV.  4th row right - Joe Musella, JV, Tom Appleman.  5th row left - Ed Scheer.  5th row right - JV.)

 

And here are some clips from the sessions from those not pictured above: Kevin Belz on guitar and Tim Archibald on bass.

 

 

 

And since you're kind enough to be on my website, here are a couple of finished mixes of two of the tunes from the upcoming record. The first one is a cover of one of my favorite 70's funk tunes from bass master Larry Graham and his band Graham Central Station. It's called It's Alright and will be the lead track on the album.  This was recorded at both Q Division and Woolly Mammoth and co-engineered by Sean Cahalin at Q and David Minehan at Woolly.  David also helped produce the track.  Check out the killing bass track by my good friend Anthony Vitti who would make Larry Graham proud I'm sure.  Not to mention the Ernie Isley-inspired guitar solo on the outchorus by the great Duke Levine.  And love, love the angelic background vocals by the very talented Samantha Jordan.

 

The second track is our version of the beautiful song, You Don't Know Me by Cindy Walker and Eddie Arnold. The definitive version (at least in my book) is by Ray Charles.  I've been singing this song for years and finally decided to record it. We really went to town on the production with horns and strings (both arranged by Paul Ahlstrand) along with a great rhythm section of Dave Limina, Duke Levine and Anthony Vitti.  This was recorded at Q Division and engineered and mixed by Sean Cahalin.

 

I'm super excited about this record!  

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