Joey DeFrancesco’s emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had gone into hibernation from the mid-70s to the mid-80s largely because of the popularity of lightweight keyboard synthesizers. It was Joey, however, who reignited the flame with the vintage sound of his Hammond organ. In so doing, he also vitalized the careers of many other proponents of the “big dawg” of keyboard instruments.
Considered a child prodigy at four, Joey played jazz tunes modeled his playing after his organist-father, Papa John DeFrancesco, and memorized music from the many jazz albums in their home. Joey sat-in with many seasoned Philadelphia musicians, like saxophonist Hank Mobley and drummer Philly Joe Jones, which further enhanced his rapidly developing skills and reputation. Joey’s grandfather and namesake, Joseph, had the innate ability to play several instruments without instruction. Joey also possesses this gift and has mastered keyboards, trumpet, and sings well. His desire to play the trumpet began after touring with the great Miles Davis while still a teen. His trumpet playing is reflective of his mentor. Working with Miles was life changing for him.
Now, years later, Joey has been around the world numerous of times with his own trio or as a contributor to special projects by Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, James Moody, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, John Scofield, Larry Coryell, Bobby Hutcherson and many others.
A three-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of nearly every DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers polls for more than a decade, Joey DeFrancesco also has received countless Jazz Journalist Association awards and numerous accolades worldwide. In 2014, he was designated as a master of the jazz organ and inducted into the inaugural Hammond Organ Hall of Fame.
Joey DeFrancesco – Hammond B3 organ, trumpet, and vocals
Dan Wilson – guitar
Jason Brown – drums
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