We three together: Bill Cole, Gerald Veasley, and Stephanie Richards
Double reed horns from India, China, and Korea and Didgeridoo
Bill Cole is an American jazz musician, composer, educator and author. An admired innovator, Cole successfully combines the sounds of untempered instruments with an American art form – jazz. Cole specializes in non-Western wind instruments, especially double reed horns: including Chinese sonas, Korean hojok and piri; Indian nagaswarm and shenai and Tibetan trumpet; as well as the Australian digeridoo and Ghanaian flute. Cole is the leader of the Untempered Ensemble, a group he founded in 1992. He has performed with Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Jayne Cortez, Julius Hemphill, Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer, William Parker, Fred Ho, Gerald Veasley and others; at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space and venues around the U.S. and in Europe; and has recorded for Boxholder Records
"This can be challenging music for some audiences, for some of the same reasons it is so rewarding: unusual instrumentation, focus on improvisation and the mastery of the players, which allows them an infinite freedom of expression. At once profound and accessible, this music rewards those who listen openly."
Luis Raul Montell - Jazz Global Beat
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.
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.
Most recently, Veasley has been selected to lead Jazz Philadelphia, a new initiative that seeks to unify Philadelphia’s vibrant jazz community, celebrate its rich musical history and position it as an international destination for jazz.
“HAIL! The triumphant return of Bassist, Gerald Veasley! Live at SOUTH marks his return with a sometimes funky and powerful, sometimes revealing and poignant presentation not to be missed” – J. Michael Harrison, WRTI FM
Originally from Canada, Richards has spent much of her career cultivating an international presence while living in Brooklyn, NY. Richards is involved with ensembles including Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra (of which she is a founding member) and through which she has worked with St. Vincent, Tyondai Braxton and choreographer Susan Marshall. She has performed alongside the Kronos Quartet, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), The Pixies and Kanye West and co-produces the FONT Music festival alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University and California Institute of the Arts and is an assistant professor at University of California San Diego.
Her upcoming record Take the Neon Lights (Birdwatcher Records), included in the 2019 New York Times Playlist, has been called “ingenious” by Nate Chinen’s Take Five. Richards is a Yamaha artist.
“Stephanie Richards’ trumpet sounds like deep space wrapped around your head…”