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Joey Sommerville

Unlike most trumpet players, the basis of Joey'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 from the jam-rock icon group Phish to hip-hop hitmaker Jazze Pha. He was also 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"

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News: Recording

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

The Stars Align For Joey Sommerville's "Overnight Sensation"

More than 20 years in the making, the soul-jazz trumpeter’s fifth album, due October 28, features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and Eric Essix. Atlanta, Georgia (25 September 2014): Behind every musical overnight sensation are years of toiling away in rehearsal halls, recording studios and sweaty nightclubs meticulously honing one’s craft. In trumpeter ...

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News: Festival

Earl Klugh's Renowned Weekend Of Jazz Returns To Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Earl Klugh's Renowned Weekend Of Jazz Returns To Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Earl Klugh’s 3rd Annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort November 15-17, 2012! Kiawah Island, SC: Since 2004, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh has been bringing world-renowned artists together with jazz enthusiasts for his one-of-a-kind weekend getaways at two Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond properties; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Baldwin: Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Read "Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


The connection between Michael Jackson and jazz seems tentative to non-existent until it's factored in he reached his greatest heights as an artist when collaborating with producer/arranger extraordinaire Quincy Jones. The unlikely pairing of Jackson and Jones brought out a degree of professionalism, maturity and poise in the late King of Pop that did not fully ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Baldwin: NewUrbanJazz.com

Read "NewUrbanJazz.com" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


NewUrbanJazz.com isn't just a clever album title, it's a web address and marketing tool where keyboardist Bob Baldwin streams jazz online for listeners looking for their contemporary jazz fix. Baldwin's site joins other Internet sites and satellite radio as replacements for terrestrial radio stations in San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and other cities that have abandoned ...

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News: Recording

Joey Sommerville Steps up to the Majors

Joey Sommerville Steps up to the Majors

Atlanta, GA-Atlanta's brilliant trumpeter, Joey Sommerville has signed with Three Keys Music, headed by Marcus Johnson and distributed by Koch Distribution. Joey's latest album, “Like You Mean It" will be released worldwide on May 12th. The CD's title track is an infectious Latin flavored party jam that has rocketed up to become the second most-added song ...


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