Born in Los Angeles, attending college for music in Boston and then spending his young adult life in Minnesota, Will Sumner played the clubs and led jazz bands for decades as he worked toward composing his first masterpiece, Tropic Zone released internationally to critical acclaim in 1980. Working alongside Prince, Yanni, The Peterson Family and many others on the Minneapolis music scene at the time, he started to receive industry recognition for his lush, heartfelt themes played over hot Latin rhythms, beautiful slow grooves and, of course, funky, driving electric riffs over amazing and complex modulations.
Eventually a move with his young family back to Southern California brought with it the opportunity to dive into film scores, trailers and commercial work, but his heart soon brought him back to his first love, jazz guitar.
From his album Ride The Wave we present the single The Girl.
Listen to The Girl on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 12/4).