Sunday afternoon, it was the double bill of trumpet player Joey Sommerville, followed by Lee Ritenour with special guest Michael Lington on sax, both playing full-length shows
Trumpet player Joey Sommerville appeared for the first time at the Berks Jazz Festival, which certainly was long overdue. He opened his show with a killer jazz-funk track that had the bass slapping and gave the drummer some, he was definitely in the mood to play! The energy level was kept high with a groover from his Ride To This album, followed by AWB's "School Boy Crush", a song he did with the late Wayman Tisdale. After that, things were slowed down with his cover of Floetry's "Say Yes", featuring Alex Smith on keyboards. As a special guest, saxophonist Elan Trotman was invited to the stage to do a funked up version of Duke Ellington's jazz classic "Caravan", both players stretched out and delighted the crowd with their extended solos. Next, Joey sat at the piano to start his "Moonshadows", later switching back to his trumpet to play this heartfelt, slow number, showing lots of sensibilities. After that one, the pace picked up again with a blues number that gave Joey an opportunity to sing, having the audience clap along, followed by "On And On", his tribute to the late Grover Washington, Jr., a cool track that offered some smoking trumpet playing over a rhythm that owed a lot to "Mr. Magic". Elan Trotman was reinvited for the last song, they finished their show with "Like You Mean It", a latin party track that brought a great concert to an end.