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Joey Sommerville Rides Indie Wave to Top of Charts

SOURCE: Published: 2007-09-13
Trumpeter extraordinaire Joey Sommerville is blazing his way to the top of the Indie Jazz Charts. His latest release entitled Like You Mean It, features cuts with Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Bob Baldwin, Rhonda Smith and Mike Phillips. Sommerville channels a perfect mix of bouncy grooves, Latin vibes and House Beats, all infused with the melodic soul of this incredible talent. The magical blend has catapulted the CD to reach as high as Number 7 on the smooth jazz Top 50 Indie charts.

Like You Mean It, features twelve hot, smooth and mellow tunes that draw on Joey's life experiences. Childhood roots in the Baptist church inspired him to pursue playing the trumpet, but Sommerville didn't stop there. To add even more impact to the soul and melodic fire of gospel music, Joey added a generous helping of be- bop, a dollop of rhythm and blues, and a sprinkle of hip-hop for an inspiring musical mlange. Detroit native Sommerville explains, “If you aren't touching the listener's soul, you aren't really playing music", he says. “Soul communication is the key". Sommerville's talent for communicating with listeners is evident from the large number of enthusiastic fans who support his performances.

Atlanta's Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ has not only placed Like You Mean It, in heavy radio rotation, they broadcast Sommerville's live performances every Thursday night at Sambuca Jazz Cafe. Nationally known artists such as the legendary Ronnie Laws, Marion Meadows, keyboard legend and producer Jeff Lorber, the incredibly talented Paul Taylor and more make special guest appearances each week. Every Thursday features a new special guest performance from a rotating list of smooth jazz giants. Shows are at 7:00pm and 9:00pm at Sambuca Jazz Cafe and host Dave Kosh will broadcast live on Smooth Jazz 107.5 WJZZ.


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