Jerry Velona

Jerry Velona

Jerry Velona is a singer/songwriter and musician based on Arlington, Massachusetts. He attended Berklee College of Music and has been free-lancing and playing for years in clubs throughout Massachusetts and New England. “If anyone is doing a book about dives in the Boston area, see me for research”, he joked. Jerry has written and recorded dozens of original compositions which he has performed with his band Joint Venture. He won a Billboard songwriting award for his song Hip Hop No More. The song was part of an eponymous CD released in the late 90’s which received national airplay including heavy use in several episodes of MTV Cribs and on an HBO special. Jerry’s voice has been featured in commercials, a cartoon pilot and on the song “At Last (you’re there)”, from the documentary film, “Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown”. “The story of my life”, he cracked.

Instrumental clips from many of Jerry's songs are contained and distributed in music libraries for use in TV and radio programming. His parody of the song Sea Cruise released as a tribute to the Boston Red Sox in 2013 has been featured on the game broadcast as well as sports radio stations. The accompanying video produced and edited by Jerry's son Chris Velona - a talented and accomplished videographer and producer in his own right - has received nearly 200,000 hits on You Tube and was the subject of national attention on Japanese TV and newspapers.

Jerry studied drums from an early age and has played with a wide variety of rock, pop and funk bands starting in the 7th grade. At Berklee, Jerry studied with the late, great Alan Dawson and continued studying privately with him for several years. Jerry also studied with his uncle, Ted Sommer, one of the great sidemen, drummer/percussionists of the postwar era. He continues to freelance as drummer.

Jerry has been called a "chameleon vocalist" for his ability to capture the essence of a wide variety of singing styles from popular standards of the 1940's through 60's soul and modern rock. He has performed at nightclubs and lounges singing songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many of the great songwriters of the classic era of American pop music. He studied voice with legendary Boston vocal instructor Dante Pavone.

In addition to performing with his own bands and freelancing gigs, Jerry has released 5 CDs of original music. The styles span a full range of styles from rock and soul to funk, accoustic and jazz.  "I'm a music marketer's nightmare," he laughs, "my problem is I love all kinds of music and when a certain song idea hits me, it's generally accompanied by a certain musical style. I've decided to just go with it and hope that I can bring in a wide spectrum of listeners."

One of Jerry's many musical projects is The JV Band which plays classic soul/funk covers. "This is probably my favorite music of all time", Jerry says, "I would play some James Brown or Otis Redding covers as part of my original act and people would always love them". Eventually some of Jerry's fans asked if he would play at their party or wedding reception and the band was formed and continues to this day. "Weddings have a bad rap as far as musicians are concerned. They are synonomous with crappy music and the notorious bandwiches", he laughed. "The JV Band is filled with some of Boston's best musicians and we play music that truly appeals to all ages. If you like classic soul, funk, rock and jazz played by a great band, give me a call", Jerry said.

Jerry also plays with two other original projects; The Joint Venture Band and The Pack of Viceroys. Check the calendar section of the site for upcoming dates.