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Joey approaches all aspects of his life as a musician with the highest skill and dedication to excellence.
Migrating south from Toronto, Canada in 1978, Joey Berkley immersed himself in the competitive New York City jazz scene. The musician benefited from his experiences in Manhattan, and maintains that these early years of struggling were not only necessary, but also crucial to his musical development. In fact, his CD that was released in 1999 and marks his debut as the bandleader of the Joey Berkley Quartet, is aptly titled Made in NYC The disc, which features many of Joey's original compositions, came out on A- Records.
Both as a freelance musician on the NYC music scene or with his groups The Joey Berkley Quartet and Funkasaurus Rex, Joey has performed in many of the prestigious venues past and present- Birdland, The Village Gate, The Apollo, Radio City Music Hall, The Bottom Line and The Beacon Theatre.
Mouthpiecemusic LLC was formed by Joey in 2005 incorporating all of Mr. Berkley's musical activities. Whether sharing his knowledge with a student, recording his music or frequenting the club and concert circuit with his various groups, Joey's talent has warranted fabulous reviews from The Jazz Times to The New York Times.
Also in 2005 Joey created the exciting group Funkasaurus Rex , a nine piece jazz-funk band made up of some of the best known and talented NY players. With two CD releases Etched in Stone and I Hear Voices, writing, recording and performing with this band is an important part of an already busy schedule for Joey.
As a musician who needs variety for his musical talents Joey enjoys the challenge of performing with Four Good Reeds, a saxophone quartet he put together which plays a mixture of classical and jazz repertoire and demands a very high level of musicianship from all its members.
The Joey Berkley Quartet, Funkasaurus Rex and Four Good Reeds are the premier performing groups contained within Mouthpiecemusic. Under the leadership of saxophonist Joey Berkley they perform a wide variety of musical styles from jazz to funk to classical with unmatched precision and style. From club to concert hall to recording, each band also serves as an instrument for teaching by conducting master-classes and providing students with the highest level of expertise and dedication to conveying all music as an art form.
In 2002 Joey co-founded the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. As a member of this renowned line up of musicians from 2002 to 2007 Joey also served as its Artistic and Educational Director.
In 2009 All Things Saxophone was produced and released world-wide. This Joey Berkley instructional DVD has received many accolades from students and pro's alike. As well, while maintaining a much in demand private-teaching schedule, Joey Berkley is the woodwind specialist at Fox Lane MS/HS in Bedford, NY.