Berks Jazz Fest 2009: Gerald Veasley

The late night show Saturday night took place at the Plaza Reading Hotel Ballroom, bassist Gerald Veasly and his band led an all-star cast through The Music Of Stevie Wonder, and they really stuck to the theme and exclusively played Stevie Wonder compositions, which yielded a very entertaining concert. They kicked off the show with "Do I Do" and "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" featuring Chris Farr on sax, Gerald Veasley's regular sax player, who did a great job bringing the crowd up to speed. Then Joe McBride gave us a powerful rendition of "Higher Ground", followed by singer Nnenna Freelon, who sang three songs (among them "My Cherie Amour"), before Najee played "As" beautifully on flute -- he is such a great flautist. He also played the sax to a few more songs, before it was time for Gerald Veasley to shine, he showed his prowess on the instrument, pulling out all the stops, baffling the audience. I am always impressed with the impeccable technique of this great player. Together with Chris Farr and the band they brought the concert to its close, for the rousing encore they brought back Joe McBride and Najee to play "Superstition", which went down very well with the crowd. This song - among a few others - was ably supported by the four piece Berks Jazz Fest Horns.