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Joey Berkley Band: Moving Forward

Read "Moving Forward" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A saxophonist with a penchant for exploring multiple genres, Joey Berkley has a foundational love of straight-ahead jazz, as exemplified on his More n' Four (Self-released, 2009) and his work as director of the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Yonkers. But his other projects allow him to explore his avid passions for R&B, funk and fusion, as these are also key ingredients in shaping his musical identity. On his latest outing, Moving Forward, Berkley brings all these ...

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Joey Berkley: More 'n Four

Read "More 'n Four" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A single listen to the pop/jazz standard “Nature Boy" is proof that saxophonist Joey Berkley's tenor is as robust and accomplished as they come. Living in New York since the late 1970s, the Canadian expat has survived and thrived in the “City That Never Sleeps"--performing with top musicians, running his own music company and teaching, while maintaining a couple of bands including the nine-piece jazz/funk Band, Funkasaurus Rex. More 'n Four is a straight-ahead release--a continuation and ...

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Joey Berkley & Funkasaurus Rex: More 'n Four / Etched in Stone

Read "Joey Berkley & Funkasaurus Rex: More 'n Four / Etched in Stone" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Some jazz musicians have a knack for variety. There are those who specialize in a specific genre, but there are others who prefer to come at the listener from different directions. Saxophonist Joey Berkley is among the latter. Berkley hails from Toronto but has made his home in New York City. In NYC, he has worked a variety of venues including The Apollo Theatre, Birdland and Radio City Music Hall. He works as a sideman, but also leads ...


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