Vernel Bagneris wrote, directed and starred in the original Off-Broadway and '02 Broadway production of One Mo' Time, and its critically acclaimed sequel Further Mo'. He wrote and starred in Jelly Roll! and he starred in the original Broadway production of Cy Coleman's musical The Life. With music legend Allen Toussaint, he wrote and directed the Off-Broadway R+B musical Staggerlee. On film, Mr. Bagneris appeared in Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law, had a starring role in Herbert Ross' Pennies From Heaven with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters, and choreographed and appeared in the Taylor Hackford biopic on Ray Charles, Ray. After Hurricane Katrina, he moved back to his hometown of New Orleans, where he continued his work in theater and in the city's budding film industry. More recent film credits include Father of Lies, and Proud, in addition to upcoming productions like Dan Pritzner's Bolden!, a fictitious biopic on Buddy Bolden, Kirk Davis' wacky comedy Welcome to Academia and John Carter's The Way of War starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Also, featured on over a dozen Riverwalk Jazz broadcasts, the award-winning actor and singer Vernel Bagneris has brought leading figures in jazz, including Bunk Johnson, Spencer Williams, Danny Barker and Jelly Roll Morton, to life for radio audiences.