Study sax with a top level pro. Joey Berkley has over 30 years of professional performing and teaching experience and has studied with such luminaries as Joe Allard, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Daniels. This DVD is 1 hour and 40 minutes of expert instruction on sound and tonal development, how to practice, deveolping speed and finger dexterity, modern improvisation techniques on dominant and minor chords, the all improtant II-7 V7 Imaj7 progression and more. 16 pages of PDF printout files for all of Joey's lessons are included. There are also practice tracks included to help you master your new techniques. This disc is a MUST for saxophonists at all levels of development.
About Joey Berkley-
Born in Toronto, Canada and re-locating to New York City in 1978, Joey Berkley has dedicated his life to music as a tenor saxophonist and composer. His interest in music began early with the encouragement of his mother who was a jazz singer. After experimenting with guitar, drums, piano and then clarinet, the saxophone eventually took its hold at the age of 13, and over the next several years became the nucleus of his creativity as he began to discover jazz for himself. He received the Roy Smith Memorial Award and the Morris Weinzweig Memorial Award for proficiency in woodwinds before graduating with honors from the music performance program at Humber College, Toronto, Canada. While at Humber Joey was a member of the “A Band” which toured Europe and performed at the famous Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1980 and 1981 Joey was awarded Canada Council Grants and received funds to study saxophone in New York with Eddie Daniels.
Migrating south in the late-seventies, Joey immersed himself in the competitive New York City jazz scene. The musician benefited from his experiences in Manhattan, and maintains that these early years of struggling were not only necessary, but also crucial to his musical development. In fact, his CD that was released in 1999 and marks his debut as the bandleader of the Joey Berkley Quartet, is aptly titled “Made in NYC.” The disc, which features many of Joey’s original compositions, came out on A-Records. Joey has a long history of studio work from jingles to laying down a solo on a pop tune. As a freelance musician in the NYC club scene he has performed with a variety of bands from jazz to rock to funk in many of the prestigious venues past and present- The Village Gate, The Apollo, Radio City Music Hall and the Bottom Line.
With his quartet in tow, Joey has hit the stages of New York City jazz spots such as Birdland and The Jazz Forum and been featured at the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Radio and TV exposure includes WBGO with Gary Walker and Cablevision’s News Channel 12 Westchester performing selections from “Made in NYC.”
Moving from NYC in the mid 1990’s Joey has made Westchester his home expanding his playing-field to include clubs and concerts in Westchester and in Connecticut, while he manages a much in demand private teaching schedule. At Fox Lane Middle and High School in Bedford, New York he has been an artist-in-residence for over 9 years giving woodwind instruction and lending his guidance to their jazz ensembles including jazz improvisation classes. With over 30 years experience as a professional musician Joey has become a much sought-after music educator and performer.
In 2002 Joey co-founded the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. As a member of this renowned line up of musicians from 2002 to 2007 Joey also served as its Artistic and Educational Director.
Mouthpiecemusic LLC was formed by Joey in 2005 to incorporate all of Mr. Berkley's musical activities:
The JB4, Funkasaurus Rex and Four Good Reeds are the premier performing groups contained within Mouthpiecemusic. Under the leadership of saxophonist Joey Berkley they perform a wide variety of musical styles from jazz to funk to classical with unmatched precision and style. From club to concert hall to recording studio, each band also serves as an instrument for teaching by conducting master-classes and providing students with the highest level of expertise and dedication to conveying ALL music as an art form.
The JB4: Rooted in the tradition of straight-ahead acoustic jazz this quartet features Joey's original compositions. The music comes out swingin' hard from the legacy left by the jazz greats. Joey has created his "sound" by using these influences to create his own voice, grabbing the listener.
Funkasaurus Rex: Created by Joey Berkley, this exciting 9 piece jazz-funk band is made up of some of the best known and talented NY players. With a dynamic horn section and a powerful rhythm section, these veterans are bringing the REAL funk into a new era. Writing and performing with this band is an important part of Joey's schedule.
Four Good Reeds: A saxophone quartet Joey put together consisting of four musicians who are among the best in the NY music community, playing or teaching. With a repertoire of classical and jazz this sax quartet offers virtuosity along with artistry, demanding a very high level of musicianship from all its members. As a musician who needs variety for his musical talents Joey enjoys the challenge of performing with this ensemble.
Whether sharing his knowledge with a student, recording his music or frequenting the club and concert circuit with his various groups, Joey’s talent has warranted fabulous reviews from The Jazz Times to The New York Times. Mark Miller, music critic of Toronto Globe and Mail, wrote that Mr. Berkley is “working the ground between old John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins with no end of idiomatic facility.” Contact: 914.715.6156 www.joeyberkley.com firstname.lastname@example.org