About Me


This Shreveport, Louisiana-based musician began his musical quest over 40 years ago, having practiced and perfected his craft with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz and R & B, the legendary Ray Charles being among them.

Connoisseurs of real music have been hard-pressed to find luminaries in Summerfield’s genre that can play with his fervor and feeling. From the “Chitlin’ Circuit” to more upscale venues such as the Fairmont Hotel and the Mystic Seashore Resort, Dorsey’s style-reminiscent of the late Grover Washington Jr., Najee, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, and Tom Scott among others- has labeled him a man, who like a finely aged wine, gets only better with the passage of time.

When Ray Charles needed a replacement for his band leader (the late Hank Crawford) in his legendary Ray Charles Orchestra, it was Dorsey Summerfield that he chose. When performers- such as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Percy Sledge, and Martha and the Vandellas- needed a helping hand, it was Dorsey Summerfield who came to the rescue. It is his prowess in arranging, composing, and orchestrating that puts Dorsey on par with the other great musicians of his era.

Currently, Dorsey Summerfield is the front man in Dorsey Summerfield and the Polyphonics, a septet of REAL professional musicians who just so happen to play REAL music.

The Polyphonics line-up consists of Summerfield, who tantalizes his audience with a mastery of the saxophone (four different horns- soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone), saxophone- and also plays percussion and keyboards; Leroy Hawthorne, keyboards, guitars, and vocals; Mitchell Player, bass and vocals; Michael Holmes , drums and vocals; Marcia Nelson, also on vocals.

Bridging the gap between his loyal “Old School” following and 21st century music aficionados, Mr. Summerfield is easily embracing the new music paradigm.

Works by Dorsey Summerfield and the Polyhphonics are available on many of the popular music and social networking websites, among them MySpace, Napster, Pay/Play.com, Yahoo! Music, Amazon and the iTunes Store.

When not working with the Polyphonics, Mr. Summerfield works diligently on paying homage to those musical greats who have come before him with his “Cotton Club Returns” tribute show. Previous tributes have been made to Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Duke Ellington; Dorsey’s most recent project is a tribute to the incomparable Nat King Cole.