VNV is a Jazz Group comprised of 3-6 members with the core revolving around Vern Neeley on saxophones and vocals, Kathryn Ballard Shut on piano, Mark Brostrom on bass, and Jimmy Kolodziej on percussion and guitar.
Our music is based in the tradition and style of some of the greatest musicians of all time, like Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver, Coleman Hawkins, Grover Washington Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé.
Vern has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years, sharing the stage with legends such as Arturo Sandoval, Jack Jones, Dianne Schuur, Lou Rawls, Louis Bellson, and Clark Terry just to name a few. Vern has been collaborating with Relentless recording artist Jimmy Kolodziej of ‘Jim Jamm Jimmy’ for the past 5 years and has recorded two full length albums with JJJ, ‘#1 Contender’ and ‘Bad Influence (Live and Off Color)’.
Currently, the VNV can be seen all around Denver and the metro area. Recent performances include Odyssey Beerwerks and Arvada Tavern in Arvada, and City Star Brewing in Berthoud. Vern has been busy practicing and arranging tunes for the VNV and is excited to be joined onstage by his beautiful wife, Miss Tara Neeley. Tara is an accomplished instrumentalist and music educator. One of her true passions is vocal music and it is in this arena that we will showcase her talents.