“A tasty player who will only get better” – Ron Anthony
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.