Joey Sommerville

Joey Sommerville

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Iconic Contemporary Jazz in the tradition of Louis Armstrong, Grover Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ronnie Laws, Donald Byrd and Hugh Masekela with a new millenium global perspective!


Trumpeteer 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'. If you aren't touching the listener's soul, then you aren't really playing music. Soul communication is the key."

He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including The American Society of Young Musicians 2009 All That Jazz Award.

He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including mega-rock group Phish. He was 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". In 2006, Joey took his turn as a featured soloist on Hidden Beach Recording’s “Unwrapped Volume 4”. He also produced bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith’s “RS2” which features Prince, Sheila E. and gospel great, Fred Hammond. The was voted one of the 10 best albums of the year (2006) by Music Magazine (Japan).

In 2007, Joey started The Smooth Jazz After Dark Series at Sambuca Jazz Café in Atlanta. The Series features Joey and his group performing with a special guest. Past special guests have included Eric Marienthal, Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Jeff Lorber, Phil Perry, Everette Harp, Jessy J, Gerald Veasley, Paul Brown, Nelson Rangell, Ronny Jordan, Chuck Loeb, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Peabo Bryson, Ann Nesby, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Golub, Chieli Minucci, Jeff Golub, Jackiem Joyner, Bob Baldwin and Eric Darius. Joey has also performed at major venues and festivals worldwide including The Capital Jazz Festival, Nashville's Music City Jazz and Blues Festival, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Discover Jazz Festival (Burlington Vermont), Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Preserve Jazz Festival, Jazz Summer Festival (Nassau, Bahamas), Uptown Market Festival (Hamilton, Bermuda) and The Capital Jazz Cruise 2009.

His latest musical offering, " Like You Mean It" is more than a title, it is a philosophy and code of conduct. "Whatever you do, do it like you mean it!" The album is a labor of love that is both passionate and a whole lot of fun at the same time. Notable collaboraters include Wayman Tisdale on the Average White Band classic, "School Boy Crush"; Mike Phillips playing his heart out on the quiet storm ready instrumental version of Floetry's "Say Yes"; Marion Meadows lending his signature sax sound to "Follow Me" and Phil Perry going where no other vocalist can go on "Reflections". Other standout songs include "Johannesburg" which was recorded in part in Johannesburg with South African musicians and singers and "I Want You Back", a fresh read on The Jackson 5 classic.

The song that gets the most reaction and the one that people always demand at shows is the title cut,"Like You Mean It". “ It appeals to everyone from little kids to grandparents crossing all demographic boundaries. “ I constantly have people come up to me singing what they refer to as "the song"… I love it!”


Like You Mean It -2007 - Sojo Music, Inc. - Top Ten National Indie Chart - First single released nationally in April '08 - Album features Wayman Tisdale, Mike Phillips, Marion Meadows and Phil Perry - Street date May 18th on Three Keys Music label and Distributed by Koch Entertainment distribution.

Ride To This - 2002 - Sojo Music, Inc.

Rhonda Smith - "RS2" - 2006 - 10 best of 2006 - Music Magazine - Japan

Khat Phud - "Protect The Innocent" - 2007

Rhonda Smith-"Intellipop" Slow Wine Music 2001-Producer/Engineer/Mixer/composer

Cirque du Soleil - "Alegria"- BMG Music- featured soloist - Juno Award winner/Grammy nominee

Belizbeha - "Charlie's Dream" Sojo Music (1996)

Unwrapped Volume 4 - Hidden Beach (2006) -featured soloist

Set List

Set consists of originals from "Like You Mean It" and "Ride to This" as well as a variety of unique arrangement of covers and jazz classics including songs by Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, Outkast, Duke Ellington, Mary J. Blige, Miles Davis, Grover Washington,Frankie Beverly and Maze, Funkadelic, AWB, etc. An eclectic mix of contemporary/funk jazz and Soul/R&B classics from the 60's to the 00's. Show ranges from hard bop blowing to straight party dance set depending on the show/crowd :-)

Show length varies from a 30 minute opening set to two one hour sets.