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Gerald Veasley

Born in Philadelphia, Gerald Veasley has a varied and impressive resume' that includes recording and/or stints with Joe Zawinul of Weather Report, his longtime friend and mentor, the late Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Odean Pope, Special EFX, Joe McBride, Teddy Pendergrass, Phil Perry, Chieli Minucci, Dianne Reeves, George Howard, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Blake, Pamela Williams, Eric Marienthal, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Omar Hakim, and many more. He has shared stages and tours with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Gerald was recently named "Best Electric Bassist" in Jazziz magazine's annual readers' poll and Philadelphia Magazine named him Best Jazz Band

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John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

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Jazz Philadelphia Presents 2nd Jazz Summit: October 11 and October 12, 2019

Jazz Philadelphia Presents 2nd Jazz Summit: October 11 and October 12, 2019

Center City Philadelphia will be energized with discussion and performance at the 2nd Annual Jazz Philadelphia Summit on October 11 and October 12, 2019 when regional and national jazz luminaries explore the city’s deep jazz roots and discuss its future. Musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community are gathering at the Kimmel ...

Live at SOUTH

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Kewl Jerk; Soul Garden; Shrimp and Grits; Earthworm; Rachel’s Song; So Close To The Sun; Congo Square; 1863; Luscious; You Are Everything.

NEWS: EVENT

Inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit Announced

Inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit Announced

During the inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit on Nov. 2 and 3, 2018, regional and national jazz luminaries will gather in Center City Philadelphia to honor the city’s deep jazz roots and discuss its future. Musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community are gathering at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

Read "Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

[For almost fifteen years, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge has been providing funds and services to professional jazz and blues musicians in need. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jazz Bridge will hold its annual fundraiser at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. There will be food, drink, fun, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The honorary ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jump City Music Announces the New Album "Toot Suite" from Trumpeter Bob Wagner

Jump City Music Announces the New Album "Toot Suite" from Trumpeter Bob Wagner

Jump City Music is thrilled to announce the release of the debut solo album from trumpeter Bob Wagner. Toot Suite will be available from bwtpt.com in January as well as on all major musical distribution platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc) shortly thereafter. Toot Suite, written by composer/pianist Claude Bolling, combines creative improvisations, jazzy syncopations and beautiful melodies ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

Sittin' In with the Odean Pope Trio at the Kimmel Center

Read "Sittin' In with the Odean Pope Trio at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Odean Pope TrioSEI Innovation Studio @ The Kimmel Centerjny: Philadelphia, PAApril 12, 2017 The Kimmel Center's informal Sittin' In program is always about direct connections and communion, but April's exceptional event raised the bar up to the ceiling. Not everyone was even able to sit since the basement theater was packed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eden Bareket Trio: Choice

Read "Choice" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Baritone saxophone specialists, like their soprano-playing counterparts, seem a breed apart from their “normal" alto-and tenor- playing brethren. In a world where it's increasingly difficult to stand out from a gaggle of technically awesome young saxophonists, one can almost predict that more players will be specializing in these “second string" instruments. If Choice by Argentinian bari-specialist ...


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