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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.  I appreciate it!

 

 

 And speaking of About Funk in Time, it is now officially released and available for sale and download at CD Baby as well as all the download and streaming sites like Spotify, Apply Music, etc.  The record contains 13 tracks - 3 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. Here's the album cover featuring me and some guy who's still very much a part of me!

 

Album Cover for About Funk in Time

 

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 at our "home" at O'Leary's Pub in Brookline as well as some other rooms around town. 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.  The record features some of Boston's best musicians. 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 think 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.

 

 

 

We'll be doing an official album release gig for About Funk in Time at the Burren Backroom in Somerville, MA on Friday, November 23rd.  You can click here  to buy tickets and get more info.  There will be an eleven piece band including a full horn section, background vocalists and spoken word featured artist. This will be a straight up dance party and a chance to hear this great music played the way it was meant to be heard.  I hope you'll take a break from Black Friday shopping and join us for a great time!

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