4th ANNUAL ULTIMATE JAZZ FESTIVAL.... THE COUNT DOWN BEGINS!!!! AUG 4-5, 2012
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 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 produced bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith’s “RS2” which features Prince, Sheila E. and gospel great, Fred Hammond. The album made the 2007 Grammy Ballot and was voted one of the 10 best albums of the year 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 Wayman Tisdale, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Brown, 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.
His latest offering entitled, "The Get Down Club" is iconic, forward thinking contemporary jazz featuring funk, gospel and bop influences delivered with pop sensibilities. It is trumpet delivered in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie with a new millenium twist. The album features 10 new compositions ranging from the old soul vibe of "Love In Stereo" (which features new vocal sensation Xavier Lewis) to the Brazilian inflected "Just Let Go" which features Alex Lattimore, Jeff Lorber and Najee. Other standout tracks include: "Swag" featuring soprano sax icon Marion Meadows; "Con Sabor" a nouveau Afro-Latin party track that would make Cab Calloway proud; a very "Grover-esque" cut entitled "On and On" and "Flip It" which incorporates meter changes and bop harmonies while still hooking the listener as well as any pop smash hit... fresh? Oh Yes!
Arguably the hottest of the '70s Ohio funk bands, Slave had a great run in the late '70s and early '80s. Trumpeter Steve Washington formed the group in Dayton in 1975. Vocalist Floyd Miller teamed with Tom Lockett Jr, Charlie Bradley, Mark Adams, Mark Hicks, Danny Webster, Orion Wilhoite, and Tim Dozier. Vocalists Steve Arrington and Starleana Young came aboard in 1978, with Arrington ultimately becoming lead vocalist.
Their first big hit was the thumping single "Slide" in 1977 for Cotillion, where they remained until 1984. Their best tracks were lyrically simple and at times silly, but the arrangements and rhythms were intense and hypnotic. Other Top Ten R&B hits were "Just a Touch of Love" in 1979, "Watching You" in 1980, and "Snap Shot" in 1981. Young, Washington, and Lockett departed to form Aurra in 1979.
Arrington himself left in the early '80s. They added Charles Carter, Delburt Taylor, Sam Carter, Kevin Johnson, and Roger Parker as replacements and continued on into the late '80s. They moved to Atlantic for one LP in 1984, then switched to the Atlanta-based Ichiban in 1986. Their most recent release was The Funk Strikes Back in 1992. Rhino issued Stellar Funk: The Best of Slave, a first-rate anthology of their finest cuts, in 1994.
Steve Arrington still continues to release solo albums (including 2009's set "Pure Thang"). Mark Leslie Adams sadly passed away on the 5th of March 2011, followed by Mark "Drac" Hicks on June 14th.
NILS...It’s one thing for a world class musician to write a book with a great title like “How To Make Your Guitar Talk,” but Nils has gone further--living, embracing and even transcending those words he once penned since becoming an instrumental sensation in 2005 with “Pacific Coast Highway.”
According to BDS & the Nielsen Company, the title track to the Munich born, Los Angeles based guitarist’s breakthrough debut album on Baja/TSR Records was the most heavily played track in the smooth jazz format over the past ten years with nearly 30,000 spins. The song was a true phenomenon in its initial release, staying at #1 on the Radio & Records airplay chart for more than 10 weeks on its way to being named the most played song in the U.S. and Canada for the year since then the most played song of the decade .
“Jump Start” the aptly titled first single from his new release What The Funk?, followed in
those hallowed chart footsteps and remained #1 on Billboard for 8 weeks and just got awarded the honor of being song of the year 2011 according to Billboard and Broadcast Architecture for most airplay in 2011.
Nils’ success in the smooth jazz genre has somewhat obscured his dynamic background as a versatile R&B/ pop guitarist. Over the years, he has worked with greats like George Clinton and he has a platinum record for his contributions to The Temptations’ 1998 album Phoenix Rising. He contributed as a musician and co-writer of “Keep Rollin’” on Benson’s 1998 album Standing Together, and the guitar and vocal legend returned the favor by playing a duet with Nils on Nils’
1998 debut CD Blue Planet. He has also become a core part of many fans’ summer and fall
festival experience. “Every time we take the stage our goal is to capture the fans in ways they couldn’t have imagined when they took their seats, and then embrace that moment when they start responding to the music and go crazy”. To nobody’s surprise came his nomination for “Best Guitarist” at last year’s American Smooth Jazz Awards, in a category that also included George Benson.
“While the format that plays my music has jazz in its name, I’ve actually always been most at home playing R&B and pop,” Nils says. “I like to incorporate a lot of different styles and influences. My main goal is to make that important emotional connection with the audience. I really like to project the melody and make people feel things through the way I play the song. It’s not just about playing a beautiful melody. Sometimes, part of it is manipulating the tone to help me evoke a certain feeling or emotion.”
Working with his longtime band which includes vocalist and keyboardist Clydene Jackson (whose voice was textured for the “Avatar” soundtrack), drummer Ricky Lawson and percussionist Oliver Brown (an original member of KC and the Sunshine Band), the guitarist amps up the groove and heads in a deeper R&B direction on What The Funk?, a 12 track set that rolls like a high-spirited, ongoing response to the colorful title question and features some of his most dazzling electric guitar work ever.
Nils new website (www.nilsmusic.com) is a comprehensive way for fans of his instrumental recordings to learn all the different facets of his rich artistry and projects.
ABOUT THE 4TH ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
THE 4TH ANNUAL ULTIMATE JAZZ FESTIVAL
August 4th & 5th- Ontario Guasti Regional Park
800 N. Archibald Avenue, Ontario, CA
12pm until 9pm
(gates open at 11am)
Rick Jame Stone City Band
Mary Jane Girls
Sunday, August 5th, 2012
12pm until 7pm
(gates open at 11am)
Sugarfoots Ohio Players
Our Emerald Green VIP's:
HOST: LEONARD ROBINSON- EnviroBro
Acquanetta Warren - Fontana Mayor
Josie Gonzales - SB County Supervisor
Jan Rutherford - SB County Supervisor
Tim Simon - Public Utilities Commissioner
Suja Lowenthal - Long Beach Vice Mayor
General Admission $25
THE ULTIMATE VIP $90
Decorative round table seating close to stage
Seating selection based on order of purchase
VIP Parking (Pre-Sale Tickets Only)
Escorted to assigned VIP table
VIP Shaded Structure
Full Course Gourmet Dinner with Dessert
One Beverage (Beer or Wine) from VIP Bar
Water, coffee, tea and snacks served throughout the day
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San Bernardino, Ca.
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