Berks Jazz Fest 2013: Gerald Veasley's Midnight Jam #1

At midnight it was time for Gerald Veasley's Midnight Jam at the Jazz Base, my favorite event that always provides musical surprises and unexpected moments, yielding the best jazz entertainment one can wish for. Gerald Veasley was leading the event, he was supported by Richard Waller III on drums, Donald Robinson on keyboards, Andrew Neu on saxophone and Brian Hughes on guitar who started the proceedings with Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar". Then Elan Trotman joined the stage to play a very jazzy rendition of "St. Thomas", before a slow blues featured the gutsy tenor sax of Chris Farr, plus the guitars of David P. Stevens and Nick Colionne, who was killing it once again with his bluesy guitar playing and singing, his wicked humor is a treasure to behold. For "Footprints", Brian Bromberg funked thinks up on the bass, then Najee's band took over to play the Gap Band's "Ourstanding" supported by Najee on flute, providing a highlight of the night. Then the core band came back and wrapped up a great night of improvised music.