Vernon Fuller's relationship with the guitar started in London, where he cut his musical teeth in reggae and jazzfunk outfits, playing venues such as Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's.

After moving to the midlands in the late 80's, Vernon became involved in the R'n'B and Jazz Fusion scene, playing regularly at the Rep Theatre Cafe Bar in Birmingham and at the Birmingham Jazz Festival as part of the Bean Machine (Jazz Fusion Band). Influenced by George Benson, Stevie Wonder and War, Vernon, a Londoner, loves to mix jazz, funk and soul into a cocktail of smooth jazz with a hard edge.

Vernon loves to sing standards both jazz and soul with a high energy performance. Having played in London funk bands Kayo and Flight UK (think Hi Tension and Light of the World style bands) and midlands R & B soulsters ‘Can’t Play Won’t Play’ (including two-toners Selector’s drummer) as well as Jazz Fusioneers ‘The Bean Machine’.

Vernon then moved on to mainstream jazz guitar and vocals and has played at various jazz festivals including Southport, Marlborough, Chester, Nantwich Jazz & Blues and Audlem including support for ‘Snake Davis’ with the band ‘Afro Blue’ and also with the sextet ‘So What Now’.

Now based in the North West, Vernon who is a self-taught musician, has pursued his love of jazz academically as well as creatively by studying at Wakefield College and at the North Wales Jazz Guitar Summer School

Recent performances include opening for Liverpool's Gary Potter also opening for Ron Anthony (Frank Sinatra's last guitarist). Vernon has recently duetted with Andy Hulme, opening for John Pisano & Adrian Ingram.

Ron Anthony said the following about Vernon:
"A tasty player who will only get better"


Vernon has a Certificate in Education issued by the University of Manchester and he is a registered guitar tutor with the Registry of Guitar Tutors.

A guitar player (who also sings) who is passionate about playing and passionate about teaching guitar. I'll teach at your pace the things that you want to learn. I'll encourage you to be the best that you can be and I will be honest about any areas of your playing that could be developed further. If you like the following musical styles, then I beleive I can help you:

Jazz, Reggae, Funk,
Worship/Gospel and African/Township

 

Vernon is a registered Guitar Tutor with The Registry of Guitar Tutors. www.registryofguitartutors.co.uk

and was a Yamaha Music School Guitar Teacher for four years.
www.ymsaltrincham.co.uk

"Thanks for the lesson today. You have inspired me to practice".
A satisfied guitar pupil of Vernon's

" a refeshing change...." " you were absolutely fantastic, we really enjoyed the cool soul thing you got going, you definitely gave the songs something from yourself...."
A fan from Lichfield

"I've been last Saturday in the gig of Twin frets in Nantwich in the museum and I really liked. I'm Brazilian and I loved how you sang 'The Girl from Ipanema'.  I would like to know if you have a cd with that songs. If you have, how can I get it and how much? Are you planning soon any other gig in Staffordshire?"

Thanks
Renata

 

Dear Vernon,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for allowing me the pleasure of listening to you play at the Nantwich jazz festival, plans for Erdigg are already underway and I can't wait to come and hear you again. I have been singing now since I could talk, but never felt comfortable with chart songs and pop stuff.  lt was only when I heard you, I realised what it was I wanted to sing! (at the ripe age of 27 hah!)

 

"Hi Vernon,
 
I just wanted to say a big 'Thank You' for providing us with such good entertainment on Monday night. It helped to create a really nice atmosphere which added to the success of the evening. I think Julie has already told you that we raised over £1600 which is wonderful.
 
Thanks again on behalf of all involved in Chernobyl Children's Life Line." Event Organiser


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