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Joey Berkley


Tenor Saxophone
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…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 own groups including The Joey Berkley Quartet, Joey has performed in many of the prestigious venues past and present- Birdland, The Village Gate, The Apollo, Radio City Music Hall and the Bottom Line. In 2002 Joey co-founded the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO)

Moving Forward

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Moving Forward; Loss and Found; Dunce-Cap; Good-Bye; Killing Me Softly; Once Upon a Time; 3/4 of 4/4; Alamo; Hymn.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Pettiford and More

Read "Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Pettiford and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with veteran Toronto jazz sax cat Joey Berkley and then move to legends like Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Clifford Brown and Louis Armstrong. We also profile new work by Dave Bass, Gretje Angell, Miguel Zenón and Roberto Magris. From there, we hear some Twin Peaks music from Johnny Jewel and wrap it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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, ...

Joey Berkley's Bandits

Label: Self Records and Tapes
Released: 2016

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Jens Wendelboe Big Band: Fresh Heat

Read "Fresh Heat" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A superb follow-up to his well-received Inspirations, Vol. 1 (Rosa, 2010) ensemble excursion, veteran trombonist, band leader, and award-winning Norwegian composer/arranger, Jens Wendelboe unleashes a little Fresh Heat from The Jens Wendleboe Big Band. The disc features contemporary interpretations of classic compositions by trumpeter Clifford Brown, saxophonist Joe Henderson, and bassist Steve Swallow, along with several ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Funkasaurus Rex Release "I Hear Voices"

Funkasaurus Rex Release "I Hear Voices"

Funkasaurus Rex has released I Hear Voices. A follow-up to the critically acclaimed Etched in Stone. This EP features a medley arrangement of Stevie Wonder's “I Wish/Superstition" plus an original by leader Joey Berkley entitled “Star." I Hear Voices also features a group of very talented singers. Yes, Funkasaurus Rex sings! Available now for download worldwide ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joey Berkley Quartet hosts Monday Night Jam in NYC

Joey Berkley Quartet hosts Monday Night Jam in NYC

Tenor Saxophonist Joey Berkley and his Quartet host a regular Monday night jam session every Monday night at The Saloon on the upper-east side of NYC. The music begins at 8pm with a set by the Joey Berkley Quartet, then all musicians and singers are welcome to sit-in. There is a $10 cover charge for non-performers ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Seven Steps to Soul

Read "Seven Steps to Soul" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In a narrow view, soul music is a style of rhythm and blues in which the object of affection is most often a lover who's either in view or long been out of sight. But from a wider perspective, soul music can also tell the story of a nation's memories and dreams, and articulate the spirit ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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