Gerald Veasley jams with Carol Riddick during an Unscripted Midnight Jam at The Inn at Reading during last year’s fest.


The popular Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jam has undergone a slight but perfect rebranding this year at the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest – Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Midnight Jam.

Unscripted is precisely what it is.

“That’s the beauty of the jam sessions,” said Gerald Veasley. “We map out a plan each night, but when the jam starts, we just hang on and enjoy the musical ride that features spontaneity, improvisation, and, most important, a great night of music.”

The Midnight Jam happens four times at the festival – on Friday, April 5; Saturday, April 6; Friday, April 12; and Saturday, April 13; all at midnight, of course, at The Inn at Reading

Forget that adage that nothing good happens after midnight.

Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Midnight Jam is Exhibit A, a mecca for Jazz Fest patrons who simply can’t get enough of the great music and love to groove into the midnight hour on both festival weekends.

Jamming is the essence of jazz and with an acclaimed bassist like Veasley populating his midnight sessions with a Who’s Who list of participating festival artists, the exhilarating music makes staying up late totally worth it.

The Unscripted Midnight Jam lineups can be fluid, but part of the charm is seeing just who is playing with Gerald on a particular late festival weekend night.

Friday, April 5 Lineup

Gerald Veasley, Joe McBride, Paul Brown, Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa, Jackiem Joyner, Nick Colionne, Brian Bromberg, Albert Rivera, Jay Rowe, JJ Sansaverino, Carl Anderson, Kevin Whalum, Elan Trotman, Rob Zinn, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller

Saturday, April 6 Lineup

Gerald Veasley, Joe McBride, Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa, Jackiem Joyner, Nick Colionne, Brian Bromberg, Albert Rivera, Jay Rowe, JJ Sansaverino, Carl Anderson, Kevin Whaum, Elan Trotman, Rob Zinn, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller.

Friday, April 12 Lineup

Gerald Veasley, Phil Perry, Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Kayla Waters, Art Sherrod Jr., Althea Rene, Brian Bromberg, Tony Moore, Ray Fuller, Tom Zink, Andy Snitzer, Karen Briggs, Kenny Blake, Bobby Lyle, Al DeGregoris, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller

Saturday, April 13 Lineup

Gerald Veasley,  Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Kayla Waters, Art Sherrod Jr., Althea Rene, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Brian Bromberg, Tony Moore, Ray Fuller, Tom Zink, Karen Briggs, Bobby Lyle, Kenny Blake, Donald Robinson, Richard Waller