Jerry Velona | Dream Girl

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Dream Girl

by Jerry Velona

Dream Girl is the latest release from eclectic Boston-based singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Jerry Velona - a trio of jazz styles from smooth contemporary to classic New Orleans to swing.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Dream Girl (Instrumental)
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2. Dream Girl (feat. Jerry Velona)
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3:26 $0.99
3. Wishful Intuition
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4. Wishful Intuition (Small Band Version)
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5. If You Stub Your Toe On the Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Leading off with the ethereal smooth jazz single Dream Girl, a Velona composition featuring an all-star band including Duke Levine, Brad Hatfield, Marty Richards, Richard Gates and featuring Paul Ahlstrand on tenor sax. The second track of Dream Girl features Jerry on vocal.

Next up, the Velona-penned and arranged Wishful Intuition; straight out of Bourbon Street and featuring Jerry on the vocal along with Billy Novick, Dave Harris, Jesse Williams, Kevin Belz, Zac Casher and Larry Luddecke. For a more intimate take, the small band version of Wishful Intuition features Dave Limina on piano. The lyric concerns a fellow who falls in love with every beautiful girl he sees (like most guys!) with a surprise twist.

The disc wraps up with a cover of the whimsical Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen classic If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon. The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby in the 1940's and was featured in the movie A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Frank Sinatra also recorded the song for Columbia Records. The tune highlights an arrangement reminiscent of the early Nat Cole trio and features Jerry on vocal along with Dave Limina, Billy Novick, Jesse Williams and Mike Williams. Check out the companion video available on You Tube!

Dream Girl is the first jazz release and fifth overall by Jerry Velona whose songs have been featured in HBO and MTV productions. He is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music and performs with his bands Joint Venture and Pack of Viceroys in the Boston area.


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Brian Soergel

SmoothJazz.com Review
There’s always room for out-of-the-box excursions, and Boston-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jerry Velona magnificently travels down that road with DREAM GIRL. It’s cool and charismatic music you should give a try! Velona is a pro: His voice has been featured in TV commercials and independent films. And his songs, which span the full range of American music from jazz to rock and soul and country, have been featured in MTV and HBO productions. On his fifth solo CD, Velona combines a number of jazz styles, from smooth and contemporary to classic, Dixie and swing. There are two versions of the cover track and hit single, “Dream Girl,” the first a noir-ish Smooth Jazz track with the enchanting sax of Paul Ahlstrand. The vocal version showcases what Velona’s about: a refreshing songwriter and singer who shuns clichés and tells amazing stories! The Big Easy is represented on “Wishful Intuition”: You’ll love the trombone and the boy-sees-girl story with a twist! Whimsy is key to Velona’s muse, and he ends the disc with a cover of a classic: “If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon.” (Don’t forget to check out companion video on YouTube!) Jerry Velona rocks!