Vernon J. is a drummer at heart who has been playing for nearly 3 decades. During that time he has worked tirelessly to craft an unmistakable drumming style and talents unrivaled in the Lehigh Valley. Often playing multiple rhythmic patterns while playing additional percussion instruments, Vern's sound often gives the illusion of multiple drummers/percussionists playing the drum kit simultaneously.
His roots are of Gospel and his skills carefully cultivated while playing in church with his father (organist) and his brother (bassist & guitarist). Both his understanding of music at a young age and demonstrated virtuosity made him a requested musician of local Philadelphia and tri-state area churches, as well as Gospel singing groups and choirs. His elevated skill level won him an invitation to play alongside other talented musicians at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia at the age of 11.
Longing for the opportunity to further use some of his talents and share his extensive musical knowledge with jazz aficionados, Vern organized Fusion Jazz Trio. Since 2002 his labor of joy has been to make Fusion a recognizable name throughout the Lehigh Valley. Though Vern's primary focus is Fusion, he still finds time to play with many local artists and musicians such as Barry Sames, Will Brock (Gerald Veasley), Gene Perla (Miles davis/Nina Simone), Moe Betta(Wyclef Jean), Richard Cummings(Harry Belafonte), Robbi & Bakithi Kumalo(Paul Simon), Rio Clemente , The Bishop of Jazz and a host of others.
These days Vernon J. the drummer can be playing the drums with his award winning band Fusion Jazz Trio, jazz sextet FunkXpress led by bassist Gene Perla, funk quartet Post Junction with john Fadem or powerhouse jazz ensemble Galvanic Ignition.
In addition to being a drummer's drummer Vernon J. has been a church organist for the past 24 years at Community Fellowship Church in Allentown, PA. Accompanied by his drummer son, Christopher A. The sound of Vern’s Hammond organ can be heard out front and will certainly help in lifting your spirit.
Vernon J.’s musical talents go beyond just being a musician. Though those talents have allowed him to serve as part time faculty at DeSales University as an accompanist for the dance department, scoring a Tony Award winning play, composing several individual dance performance pieces as well as several entire dance shows. For more details check out the composer page.
Regardless of the instrument If you are looking for an evening of great music it can always befound sharing a stage with Vernon J.