Joey Berkley’s Bandits

Joey Berkley's Bandits

2016, Mouthpiecemusic LLC

Track List

  1. My Mom Said
  2. Hang On
  3. A Long Time Ago
  4. The Day After
  5. Holding on to Us
  6. Paper Moon
  7. Lullaby for a Young Man
  8. A Long Time Ago (Reprise)

Album Notes:

Joey Berkley’s Bandits is a mixture of sounds from Jazz, Funk Rock to Pop. Its a big sound live – a 9 piece band with 3 vocalists.

They’ve just released their debut self-titled album. The album injects jazz sophistication into R&B, funk, rock and pop, “stealing” from a wide array of musical genres. Embracing the famous Ellington quote, “there are only two types of music, good and the other kind,” as the record’s theme, all the songs feature inventive writing, great solos and ensemble precision.

Brought up as a jazz musician firmly rooted in the tradition of Coltrane, Miles, and Monk, Joey Berkley developed his sound by incorporating these influences to create an original contemporary style. Joey’s career as a tenor saxophonist, recording artist has evolved through a variety of stages: first as an in-demand sideman; to the founder/leader of various bands including Joey Berkley Quartet (JB4), Funkasaurus Rex, Four Good Reeds and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, to present day with the creation of Joey Berkley’s Bandits.

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, composer and educator. His interest in music began early with the encouragement of his mother who was a jazz singer. Along with continuing to play live and teach (including previous positions as Woodwind/Jazz specialist at Fox Lane MS/HS and Woodlands MS/HS), Joey was recently appointed Director of the newly opened Westchester Center For Jazz And Contemporary Music in Yonkers NY.