Papa J Sez rocks funky contemporary blues, with down-home-inspired originals and a fresh take on the classics. With the flamboyant Papa J (aka Joey Sommerville) at the helm on keys, vocals, and trumpet, aided by Col. Bruce Hampton alumnae Dante Harmon on Sacred Steel guitar and vocalist/slide guitaristTyler Neal plus a powerhouse rhythm section, you are hereby put on notice: wear comfortable shoes because you WILL be on your feet!
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 Joey Sommerville's case, it's more than two decades of writing, recording, and touring to cultivate his following and establish his presence on the national scene. More than 20 years in the making, the soul-jazz trumpeter's fifth album, "Overnight Sensation," features Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Bradshaw, Elan Trotman, and Eric Essix.
"The Get Down Club" is contemporary jazz trumpet delivered in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie with a new millenium twist.
"Music is a collaborative art form and I want to take my Vision of it to the next level. "The Get Down Club" is the ultimate expression of my artistic vision. I often refer to musicians and singer as having a "Get Down Card," meaning that they have the ability to touch people on a very visceral level with their gift. The concept is a platform that gives me the opportunity to work with some of my legendary "super heroes" as well as some of the freshest young musical minds that I know of. It's about drawing on a wide range of musical styles for inspiration and working with forward thinking artists to come up with a fresh vision of what role the trumpet can play in contemporary musical landscape."
An iconic tour de force featuring special guests Wayman Tisdale, Mike Phillips, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Bob Baldwin, Phil Davis, Eric Essix, Rhonda Smith, and a whole lot more!!
The Original... accept no substitutes "Head Noddin' Music for Grown Folks."