Jaguar Wright & Gerald Veasley performing The Music of Nina Simone

The Philadelphia Jazz Festival Presents: Gerald Veasley's Unscripted Jazz Series

Jaguar Wright & Gerald Veasley performing The Music of Nina Simone

Unscripted Jazz Series

April 30 · Sunday

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

$25 Advance / $30 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

Jaguar Wright
Jaguar Wright
Jaguar Wright was brought to the attention of hip-hop group The Roots in 2001, which eventually led to her going to tour with them. She later appeared as a back-up singer for Jay-Z in 2001, and appeared in a Coca-Cola advert as part of the brand's "Nu Soul" campaign.

She has released two solo albums to date: Denials, Delusions & Decisions in 2002, and Divorcing Neo 2 Marry Soul in 2005. Wright also recorded an album entitled ...And Your Point Is? which was due for release in 2003 on MCA Records (who also distributed her debut), before the label folded. However, many of the tracks recorded for that album later appeared on Divorcing Neo 2 Marry Soul.
In 2007, two new songs appeared on her MySpace profile. One was a live version of new song "Sometimes", the other a cover of "Let's Do It Again". A further two new songs surfaced in 2009, "Beautiful" and "Surely Shawty", although neither saw an official release.

She has toured every year since her debut album was released. In March 2008, she toured Europe with Bahamadia and Hezekiah for the "Philly Sounds" tour. Wright did not perform any new material on the tour, but did live cover versions of Cherrelle's "Saturday Love" and Crystal Waters' "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)". During the tour, Wright announced that she was in the process of writing a novel, and working on a third album. No release dates have been confirmed for either as yet.
In 2008, she supplied backing vocals for Al Green's album Lay It Down.
In January 2011, Jaguar Wright toured Europe with Lady Alma on the "Philly Sounds 2011" tour. She revealed that she was working on a third album, due out in the summer of 2011, the lead single from the new album to be called "Switch".
In the summer of 2012, she assembled a "rock & soul band" of seasoned Philadelphia musicians called The W.E. ft. Jaguar Wright. The W.E. (an acronym for "The Wright Experience") had its debut performance in October 2012.
Gerald Veasley
Gerald Veasley
Gerald Veasley's musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer and educator. He has recorded and/or performed with many of the world' stop performers in many genres of music such as; Chuck Loeb, Maysa, Kim Waters, Nick Colionne, Special EFX, Pieces of a Dream, McCoy Tyner, Gerald Levert, Teddy Pendergrass, Nnenna Freelon, Philip Bailey, the Dixie Hummingbirds, John Blake, Phil Perry, Will Downing and Pat Martino. His performance as a bassist has been top shelf, as his memorable work with the late, great Grover Washington Jr., Joe Zawinul, and the Jaco Pastorius Big Band attests.
When not collaborating with notable artists, Gerald tours and records with his band, which features some of the top musicians in the country. Gerald's recordings as a bandleader are: Look Ahead, Signs, Soul Control, Love Letters, On The Fast Track, Velvet, Live at The Jazz Base, Your Move and The Electric Mingus Project.
Veasley teaches the history and fundamentals of the electric bass to musicians and educators, both privately and at the university level. He is on the faculty of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia) and is founder and artistic director of Gerald Veasley's Bass BootCamp, nurturing a growing army of bassists from all skill levels.
Gerald is currently curator of the "Unscripted Jazz Series" with special guests such as Kirk Whalum, Raul Midón, Alex Bugnon, Maysa and Gerald Albright. He is in the process of producing two projects, "The Purple House" and songs from his musical ties to Philadelphia. Whether he is performing, recording, collaborating, or teaching, Gerald brings a joyous, polished professionalism to the process of making music.
Unscripted Jazz Series
The Unscripted Jazz Series will help wrap up the Philadelphia Jazz Festival on a celebratory high note. On April 30, 2017, at the Ardmore Music Hall, Jaguar Wright and Gerald Veasley will present their acclaimed salute to an icon, Nina Simone.
The musical collaboration brings together two internationally renowned artists who were launched out of the Philadelphia jazz and soul scenes. "Jaguar Wright, Sings the Music of Nina Simone with Gerald Veasley" is sure to be a vibrant and powerful performance. In the words of Ms. Simone: "I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live, as I've dreamed”. An uplifting and timely message for the inaugural Philadelphia Jazz Festival.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com