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.” Fast forward to today where “Papa J’s” unique style of new millennium jazz, with funk, gospel and bop influences, is delivered with infectious pop sensibilities.
On a cold night way back in 2015, Joey Sommerville started to peel back yet another layer of his Being and Artistry. Never one to abandon his musical vision and integrity, Joey was hearing another kind of music in his head.
This was New Music. It was informed in part by his years of performing with blues legends and jam band superstars. It was a homecoming, as the years spent with B.B. King protoge Big Joe Burrell and working with the mega-band Phish mingled with the contemporary jazz years, while always including the early influences of Rock, R&B, Gospel, and Classic Blues. It was time to say something Bigger, something New, something authentic to the moment. Out of this creative primordial soup, Papa J was born.
When: Saturday, July 8, 2017 – 8pm
Where: The Vista Room – 2836 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033 (Directions)
Tickets: $10 Adv / $15 door