Jerry Velona

The Joint Venture Band

Classic American Music - Rock, Soul, Blues, Funk, Country and Jazz


The Joint Venture Band is the live music project of Jerry Velona - singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  The band takes many different forms and incorporates some of the finest performing musicians in the Boston area.  Our "thing" is rock, soul, funk, country and jazz. We play many of my original tunes in addition to a bunch of interesting, tasty covers - not the usual stuff.  We like to think we're kind of the thinking person's band; but you can definitely think with your hips too!  :-) 

The current incarnation is comprised of these blokes:

 Joint Venture Band power trio!

From Left to Right -

Joe Musella - guitar/vocals    -  

Joe Musella is a performer, recording artist, and music educator active in the Boston music scene. He has performed and recorded with members of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Replacements, The Joe Perry Project, and The J. Geils Band.

In 2013 he released Echo a ten song album of original instrumental rock.  Joe is a very versatile and skilled player who slides easily from classic rock to alternative rock and jazz and fusion. 

He has been a professor at Berklee College of Music for over fifteen years. For the past few years Joe has taught students all over the world through "Classic Rock Guitar Workshop", a class he authored for Berklee's online school,


Jerry Velona - drums/vocals    -   click on link at upper left for Jerry's bio


Tom Appleman - bass/vocals  -  

For more than 15 years since he was a teenage bass playing phenom with hip hop/funk rock act Epileptic Disco, Tom has been a tireless journeyman musician playing on stage with the Drifters, Robbie Krieger of the Doors,and the Aerosmith tribute band Draw the Line. He's toured Japan, celebrated Super Bowl victories with Kid Rock and had the distinction of being fired by teeny-bopper star Jo-Jo!

For the past several years, Tom has branched out into writing and singing original material.  in addition to keeping his wide-ranging career as a sideman going strong, Tom teaches at Berklee College of Music following in the footsteps of his father Rich Appleman who taught there for many years.  Tom has recently produced and performed in two big shows at the Berklee Performance Center performing the Beatles White Album and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John in their entirely.


Here's one of the sets from a recent show

Ronny’s Bonnie         (funky instrumental)

Our Own Devices        JV original - listen here  Jerry_Velona_-_Our_Own_Devices_Mastered.mp3

Out in the Cold             Tom Petty 

Let's Go Get Stoned    Ray Charles

Little Child                    Beatles - JV arrangement - listen here  LittleChild_01_M16.mp3

Ain’t Livin’ Long Like this  Waylon Jennings

You Don’t Know Me     Ray Charles

 First to Last                 JV original - listen here   First_to_Last_.mp3

I’m Losing You          John Lennon

Shaky Ground                Temptations

Hold On I’m Comin’        Sam and Dave 


Here's the band performing Ronnie's Bonnie at a recent gig:

Here's a clip from a rehearsal from 2015. We're doing "You Don't Know Me".  In addition to the regulars, this one features Larry Luddecke on piano. Larry is one of the great musicians who will sit in with us from time to time. 



Here's another clip from a recent gig - performing I'm Losing You by John Lennon