Jazz Base Newz

Pieces2.jpgSince opening night in the fall of 2004, Gerald Veasley�s Jazz Base has continued to provide Reading with great opportunities to hear the music we love as well as meet a variety of artists. The Base has been buzzing with talent as both local and out of town artists have taken center stage.

Here�s your chance to see what�s been happening if you live too far away to take advantage of this exciting Thursday evening addition to your week! I should add that if you�re within an hour and a half of the venue, it�s worth the trip. The price of admission, ranging from $5.00 to $20.00, gives you two shows: 7 to 8 and 8:30 to 9:30, getting you home by 11 PM. So grab a friend and visit the Jazz Base throughout the year in between Berks Jazz Fests! Of course, be sure to visit during the Berks Jazz Fest, too! There will be plenty of great events happening from March 11th through March 20th.

Featured in my next few articles are bands that appeared during the opening season of the Jazz Base: local bandleader Chris Heslop with his Hesse�s Nasty 9 band; internationally known virtuoso saxophonist Tim Price with talented pianist Rachel Z; and none other than Vital Information, consisting of well-known players Frank Gambale (guitar), Steve Smith (drummer extraordinaire), Baron Browne (bass), and Tom Coster (keyboardist).

Listening with my heart and soul to the music that has been featured at the Jazz Base has taught me so much. I�ve learned that to write about music and artists is not about being tied to one genre. Rather, it�s to capture the talent of individual musicians, and of the blending of musicians together in their created sound. I�ve been aware of branching out �of broadening my appreciation for the whole of jazz from its earliest roots to where artists are taking us today in its evolution. Blame it on Gerald Veasley if you must, for he�s been the spark that has given all of us an irresistible setting in which to learn and to enjoy the music. I love my CDs, but it�s the live show that enables me to experience the full expression � the face, the body, the absorption of a player with his own sound and that of band members. I believe many would agree with me that it�s a priceless gift to simply be part of the audience.

Here�s what�s happening at the Jazz Base in the next few weeks leading up to the Berks Jazz Fest. Be sure to check www.berksjazzfest.com or www.geraldveasleyjazzbase.com to see what will be happening at the Jazz Base during the ten day festival.

Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Tim Price Jazz Encounter with special guest Rachel Z.
$10 music charge at door.

Thursday, March 10, 7 p.m.
Berks Jazz Preview Concert/Saxophone Summit,featuring Larry McKenna, Tim Price, Tom Strohman and Chris Heslop.

Happy jazzin,'

Beverly J. Packard
Jazz Circle Member of the Berks Arts Council
Reading, PA

Photo credits: Michael Packard