In presentation at JazzConnect Conference at APAP|NYC, bassist Gerald Veasley explains how his Bass BootCamp and its participants taught him a valuable life lesson
March 2010 Farewells
I can’t dunk a basketball. In spite of my 6-feet-3-inches height, I could barely do it in my prime. With no one else on the court, I would have to get a running start from the top of key, jump, stretch and maybe I’d manage to push the ball over the rim for...
March 2008 Farewells
Joe Zawinul was a pretty good bebop piano player. Playing bop, however, was not his calling. Instead, Zawinul was called to be great at something else. Bebop piano playing would have been like wearing a borrowed suit—not necessarily ill-fitting, but not...
April 2007 Features
There was a time when you had to be careful about the word “funk.” In that respect, funk shares humble roots with the word “jazz.” Both terms suggest a barefaced comfort with the bodily functions. Today, neither jazz nor funk is a bad word. That’s progress...
November 2001 News
Jazz musicians are notorious namedroppers. Most of their collections of memories involve having done “such and such” with “so and so.” I’m no exception. I’m not ashamed to admit that much of what I remember easily about my career are stories resulting from...
About Gerald Veasley
Gerald Veasley joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008