A safe and social distance re-opening at SOUTH Jazz Club with Gerald Veasley Presents.
When bassist/composer/activist and Jazz Philadelphia organizer Gerald Veasley begins his “Presents the Unscripted Jazz Series” at SOUTH Jazz Club (600 N. Broad Street) again, as an in-house, on-stage, live and loud (not too loud, people are dining) entity starting April 16 with souuuuuulful Philly vocalist Carroll Riddick, it isn’t just a collaboration between a club and a curator. It is a call to action, a return to form, and a damn fine reason to celebrate the twist in this pandemic’s sobriety.
“It feels great to be back open. There is something un-replaceable about how live music makes one feel. We see this is a literal and figurative sign that the country, the world, is opening back up,” says Harry Hayman, the capo of SOUTH and the entire Bynum Bros enterprise.
Of a self-named “Presents” that includes old friend Riddick, Philly keyboardist Bill Jolly (in May), April 28 and 29’s dates with guitarist JJ Sansaverino for the release party for his Cocktails and Jazz album, and Veasley’s own band (April 22 and 23) playing the music from his new album, Live at SOUTH, Veasley is over the moon.
“After a year of its stage being silent, SOUTH has re-opened to an enthusiastic audience,” says Veasley. “The 50% capacity shows are selling well and musicians are excited to perform in front of fans again. Bravo to the Bynums for weathering the storm and re-opening Let’s hope we can continue to move in the right direction, so we can keep the music going.”
Launched in October 2015 (co-curated by Roxanne Veasley), the family run “Unscripted” series has presented over 250 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.