7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Friends of Hawthorne Park and Jazz Bridge present bassist Gerald Veasley and his Electric Mingus Project for a free concert—first in a four-concert series—in Hawthorne Park, 12th & Catharine Streets in South Philadelphia, on Thursday, May 21. Shows run from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and all are invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy.
Bassist/educator/entrepreneur/composer Gerald Veasley is one of the busiest, most in demand and versatile players anywhere, having performed with dozens of giants, including Grover Washington, Jr. and Joe Zawinul. Few are better equipped to pay tribute to one of the true jazz legends, bassist/composer Charles Mingus. Veasley leads the five-piece “Electric Mingus Project,” which performs famed Mingus compositions on modern electronic instruments. But as Veasley says, “Though Mingus wrote or inspires our music and the music on our Electric Mingus Project CD, the feeling, power, and irrepressible soul that bursts from every song belongs to no one but the musicians of our group. Charles Mingus wouldn’t want it any other way. Our music and our recording should reflect not just how you play, but also how you are as a person.”
Jazz Bridge is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis. It sponsors neighborhood jazz concerts throughout the region to keep the sound of Philadelphia alive. The Friends of Hawthorne Park is sponsored by the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition, a non-profit community organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for all residents of the Hawthorne Neighborhood of South Philadelphia.
This is the third summer for the Jazz in Hawthorne Park concert series. Concerts are on the third Thursday of May, June, July, and August. This summer’s lineup includes the Odean Pope Quartet on June 18, vocalist Barbara Walker on July 16, and tenor saxophonist Robert “Bootsie” Barnes and his trio on August 20. Jazz In Hawthorne Park is presented in collaboration with—and with funding from—Friends of Hawthorne Park, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, season sponsor Hawthornes Café, and supporting sponsors 1241 Studios, Center City Orthodontics, Tower Investments, and Bainbridge Properties.