Gerald Veasley's Unscripted Jazz presents
Gerald Veasley Live at South
600 N Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 8:15 PM)
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Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed jazz keyboardist, and NAACP Image Award Nominee.
While pursuing his JD and MBA at Georgetown, he independently produced and distributed his first CD (Lessons in Love), which sold more than 40,000 units; a phenomenal success for an unknown independent artist’s debut release. This album helped him launch his career as a renowned jazz keyboardist/pianist, and later, he released his second CD (Inter Alia), with staggering success
This success caught the attention of Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder and businessman Robert L. Johnson, who invested and partnered with Marcus to establish Marimelj Entertainment Group. Under their partnership, MEG’s label Three Keys Music housed Studio 8121, a full-service recording studio, and two music publishing companies: Marimelj Music Publishing and Three Keys Music Publishing.
As head of Three Keys Music, Johnson produced and released on the Three Keys Music label national jazz artists: Michael Lington, Jaared Arosemena, Bobby Lyle, Nick Colionne, R&B singer, Alyson Williams, neo-soul songstress, Zahzarah; and smooth jazz Saxophonists Phillip Martin and Brian Lenair.
To date, Marcus has released more than fifteen Billboard charted CDs, and has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Top 20 Contemporary Jazz FLO (For the Love Of) Anthology, which consisted of three distinct CDs -- FLO Chill, FLO Romance and FLO Standards - all chart Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously.
The release of Poetically Justified (2009) and This is How I Rock (2011), which were Top 20 Contemporary Jazz CDs, solidified Marcus Johnson as the heir apparent to the funky urban groove music style and sound made famous by legendary jazz greats, George Duke and Herbie Hancock.
Festivals and Cruises: A Piano, Guitar and Sax (Houston Hobby Center), Atlantic Artscape, Bahamas Jazz Festival, Berks Jazz Festival,Bermuda Jazz Fest, Capital Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Cruise, City of Light Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Derby City Jazz Festival, Earl Klugh Jazz Weekend (Kiawah Island), Ghana Jazz Festival, Huntington Beach Jazz Festival, J&R Music Fest, Jazz Fest West, Jazz Legacy Foundation Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz, Malibu Jazz Festival, Munich Jazz Fest, Norfolk Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Dell East, Riverside Jazz Festival, Spaghettini’s Jazz Fest West, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Temecula Jazz Festival,Trenton Jazz Festival, VSU Homecoming Jazz on the Hill Festival.
Notable Venues: Blue Note, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Hamilton, Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit (Paris, France), Carter Barron Theater Lincoln Foundation “Evening of Jazz”, Rams Head on Stage, AMP Strathmore Theatre, City Wineries (Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago), Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Blu+ Jazz, The Mint, LA, Spaghetini,Yoshi (San Francisco + Oakland), Suite Lounge ATL.
Discography: Lessons in Love (1997&2005), Inter Alia (1997),Chocolate City Groovin' (1998),Coming Back Around (1999),Urban Groove (2000),Just Doing What I Do (2005), In Concert for a Cause (2006), Phoenix (2007), For the Love of Standard (2008), Poetically Justified (2009), For the Love of Chill Vol 2. (2010), This Is How I Rock (2011), Capital w/Young Pulse (2013),Live and Direct-DVD (2014), Live and Direct (2015).
Gerald Veasley Live at South
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 has recorded or performed with many of the world’s top artists in Jazz, R&B and Gospel: Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Chuck Loeb, Maysa, Nnenna Freelon, Special EFX, Pieces of a Dream, McCoy Tyner, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Gerald Levert, Teddy Pendergrass, Philip Bailey, the Dixie Hummingbirds, John Blake, Odean Pope and Pat Martino.
Veasley’s new 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. Schooled by his mentors Joe Zawinul of Weather Report fame and saxophone giant Grover Washington Jr., the six-string bassist continues to blur musical boundaries with his latest project. As the title suggests, Live at SOUTH was captured live at South Jazz Parlor, a premier jazz venue, located in Veasley’s hometown of Philadelphia. The recording documents Veasley’s outstanding band in a 10 song set of music that is fresh, in-the-moment and crackling with intensity. The songstress Carol Riddick is featured in a breathtaking version of the Sound of Philly classic, “You are Everything”.
Live at SOUTH is also the natural outgrowth of Veasley’s role as a curator of the Unscripted Jazz Series at SOUTH Jazz Parlor. Launched in October 2015 (co- curated by Roxanne Veasley), the series has presented over 140 exciting nights of music to enthusiastic audiences in an intimate setting. The "Unscripted” format is perfectly suited for artists who, like Veasley, have broad musical tastes and experiences. Allowing them to showcase their versatility, the series has attracted many celebrated guest artists: Gerald Albright, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Randy Brecker, Alex Bugnon, Maysa, Raul Midón, Janis Siegel, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, and a growing roster of established and emerging artists.
Having a passion to educate and motivate other musicians, Veasley has served on the faculty of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia). Veasley is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp. Established in 2002, the annual event has informed and inspired hundreds of bass players of all levels and ages.
Veasley has more intriguing projects on the horizon: “I Got Life”, a studio album and tour in tribute to the life and music of Nina Simone, an all-star album celebrating the musical legacy of his hometown of Philadelphia, and a spinoff of the Unscripted Jazz Series, Pablo Batista’s Latin Jazz Series.
Musician. Educator. Curator. Veasley’s life as a creative professional is clearly multifaceted. Indeed, he wears various “hats” yet he is motivated by a singular purpose - to translate his joy of music to the world - music without boundaries.