Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist 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’”, says he and is still convinced: “If you aren’t touching the listener’s soul, then you aren’t really playing music. Soul communication is the key.” Today, Joey delivers his unique style of new millennium jazz, with funk, gospel and bop influences with infectious pop sensibilities. It’s this, coupled with his humor, warmth and showmanship, that drives the crowd crazy, creating a huge almost “cult-like” following of fans. His latest album, the ironically titled “Overnight Sensation” has received excellent reviews including a ringing endorsement from USA Today. The album continues to ride the top of the jazz radio charts. It features Joey along with notable guests, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman and jazz guitar icon, Earl Klugh.

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