Joey Sommerville

joeysommervilleTrumpeteer Joey Sommerville’s musical essence lies in the Baptist church. “When I was a teenager, I would judge the caliber of my playing by the number of people in the congregation who ‘got happy’. If you aren’t touching the listener’s soul, then you aren’t really playing music. Soul communication is the key.”

He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including mega-rock group Phish. He was the featured instrumental soloist on the Cirque de Soleil’s Grammy-nominated and Juno Award winning album, Alegria. In 2001, he scored a Gavin Top 20 Contemporary Jazz hit as a writer/producer with Bob Baldwin for the single “Business Call”. In 2006, Joey took his turn as a featured soloist on Hidden Beach Recording’s “Unwrapped Volume 4”. He produced bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith’s “RS2” which features Prince, Sheila E. and gospel great, Fred Hammond. The album made the 2007 Grammy Ballot and was voted one of the 10 best albums of the year by Music Magazine (Japan). In 2007, Joey started The Smooth Jazz After Dark Series at Sambuca Jazz Café in Atlanta. The Series featured Joey and his group performing with a special guest. Past special guests included Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Brown, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Peabo Bryson, Ann Nesby, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Golub, Chieli Minucci, Jeff Golub, Jackiem Joyner, Bob Baldwin and Eric Darius.

His latest album The Get Down Club is iconic, forward thinking contemporary jazz featuring funk, gospel and bop influences delivered with pop sensibilities. It is trumpet delivered in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie with a new millenium twist. The album features 10 new compositions ranging from the old soul vibe of “Love In Stereo” (which features new vocal sensation Xavier Lewis) to the Brazilian inflected “Just Let Go” which features Alex Lattimore, Jeff Lorber and Najee. Other standout tracks include: “Swag” featuring soprano sax icon Marion Meadows; “Con Sabor” a nouveau Afro-Latin party track that would make Cab Calloway proud; a very “Grover-esque” cut entitled “On and On” and “Flip It” which incorporates meter changes and bop harmonies while still hooking the listener as well as any pop smash hit… fresh? Oh Yes!

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