Saturday, August 21 / 1:00 p.m.
SOUTH Jazz Kitchen & Jazz Parlor presents
GERALD VEASLEY’S UNSCRIPTED AT BERKS
featuring BOBBY LYLE, CHIELI MINUCCI, JAZMIN GHENT
Club ECP at the DoubleTree / Small Ballroom
Tickets: $40 (General Admission)
Gerald Veasley’s musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator and curator. His performance as a six-string bassist has been top shelf, as his extensive body of work attests.
Veasley’s latest recording Live at SOUTH is the latest chapter of a multi-decade career of combining jazz, funk and soul genres into a tantalizing blend of earthy sophistication.
Veasley has performed with countless luminaries. Some of the musical giants Gerald has played with include Grover Washington Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner and Joe Zawinul of Weather Report.
Bobby Lyle has been a fixture in the jazz scene for more than three decades. He has distinguished himself as a performing artist, composer, recording artist, musical director, music publisher and music educator.
A flexible pianist and keyboardist, Lyle has long straddled the boundaries between straight-ahead and more commercial forms of jazz. He performed with Sly & the Family Stone and made guest appearances on recordings by George Benson, Phyllis Hyman and Esther Phillips. He also was Bette Midler’s musical director.
Guitarist, composer and arranger Chieli Minucci is the longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz fusion group Special EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for over 35 years. Combining Latin and African rhythms with the light textures of jazz, Special EFX emerged as one of the most prominent world fusion groups of its era.
Saxophonist Jazmin Ghent is one of the brightest national smooth jazz and gospel recording artists today. She was voted Best New Smooth Jazz Artist in 2017 and won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, The Story of Jaz. She has had three Billboard-topping singles with “Work Wit It,” “Heat” and “Compared to What.”