Vernon A.J. Chatlein
Vernon Allan Joseph Chatlein Born: 28 November 1984, in Willemstad-Curacao
Vernon Chatlein is Curaçaoan percussionist with a background in Afro-Cuban, Latin Music and Jazz. In 2011 he was awarded the prize from “Stichting Jazz Talent Award” and that was in turn the start of his jazz group Vernon Chatlein’s Elements.
Growing up he used to play baseball for the neighbourhood team and never listened to any music. That was what he thought until he was 16 when he had his first conga lesson from Pedro Driggs, Cuban Percussionist and Teacher. ‘I still recall coming home after one of my first conga lessons and stumbling upon my father’s CD collection. The first CD I saw was ‘Tito Puente and his Golden Latin Jazz All-Stars – Live at the Village Gate’. I knew all the songs’. When he mentioned this to his father; his father reminded him that they would listen to this album everyday in the car on the way to school when he was young. In a short period of time Vernon has managed to acquire enough skill and musicianship which landed him 2 years later at the Curaçao Jazz Festival with the Youth Jazz Band of the Music Acadamy of his native Island Curaçao.
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