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The V.J.J. Groove / Bio

Formed in 2009 to compete in the Iowa Blues Challenge in Des Moines. In 2010, we decided to concentrate on recording our debut CD, soon to be released.

Jerry Heard – Bass and Vocals

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Jerry has been playing bass for over 34 years. Currently, he plays in the band Wild Oatz, a Contemporary Country group performing all the latest country hits, but in his career he has played everything from Jazz to Blues, Contemporary Pop to Classic Rock.

Prior to joining Wild Oatz, he played in Stellar Cellar, Why Not, and Nervous Rex.

Vid James – Drums and Vocals

Vid hails from Miami, Florida, and grew up…everywhere. After settling down in the Quad Cities, he started making his way to local open blues jams, where he studied from the local masters and met a great bunch of local musicians, including Jerry Heard, with whom he co-founded Nervous Rex. Vid also currently plays in The Knockoffs and the Metro Gnomes, and was once a member of the Tri-Polar Xxxpress and Mr. Tripod.

For Vid, being able to play a variety of music, drawing from of his many diverse interests, is of paramount importance. Fluent in Spanish, he has been known to sing a Spanish song or two.

Jeff “Doc VH” VenHorst – Guitar and Vocals

A Quad Cities native, he has been a consistent fixture on the music scene for many years as a member of many bands, including The Tommy Knockers, Just Cuz, The Metro Gnomes, and Tri-Polar Xxxpress. He has substituted for many guitarists on short notice, filling in with numerous bands as the “go-to” guitarist when someone reliable is needed to come in and play with little or no practice. He also dabbles on keyboard when needed.

Equally skilled in blues, country, and screamin’ metal, he never ceases to amaze even those that have played with him the longest. His penchant for playing clean irks those who depend upon a dose of distortion to cover up their mistakes.

General Info

Band Members
Vid James, Jerry Heard, Jeff "Doc V.H."Ven Horst
Artist Name
The V.J.J. Groove
Home Page
Active Since
Blues / Rock / Americana

Contact Info

Moline, IL