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JOEY DEFRANCESCO TRIO
Jun 04-Jun 5, 2011
With Rick Zunigar - guitar & Ramon Banda - drums
8pm $20 & 10pm $20
2pm Kids Matinee $5 Kids, $18 Adults (with kids), $20 Adults (general)
Joey DeFrancesco comes from a musical family. His Grandfather Joseph DeFrancesco (his name sake) was a reed man. And of course his father "Papa" John DeFrancesco is a fine jazz organist in his own right. At the age of 4 Joey began taking a strong interest in the organ. By the time he was five, he was playing Jimmy Smith songs verbatim. As the years went on his interest and love for the organ and music grew stronger. From the ages of 5-10 his father would bring him to his own gigs and let him sit in. At 10 years of age he began to play in a Band in Philadelphia, which featured legendary players Hank Mobley on Tenor Saxophone, and "Philly" Joe Jones on the Drums. At 16 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records, releasing his first record "All Of Me" at 17. This record was single handedly responsible for the great resurgence of the Hammond sound in popular music. Also in his 17th year he was called on by the great Miles Davis to join his band, and toured all over Europe. At 18, Joey began touring with his own quartet. At 22, John McLaughlin called him along with drummer Dennis Chambers, to form the group the "Free Sprits". This band toured extensively for 4 years. Joey has been around the world and back dozens of times with his own trio, but also playing with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as, Benny Golson, James Moody, Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, just to name a few. He has won the the Down Beat Critics and Readers poll ever year since 2002, as well as Jazz Journalist award, and countless others. In 2004 Joey was nominated for a Grammy for his record "Falling In Love Again" which featured the great actor Joe Pesci on vocals (AKA Joe Doggs).
At the present moment Joey not only continues to tour with his trio which includes Ramon Banda on drums, and Rick Zunigar on guitar, but he's also touring with David Sanborn. After several releases as a leader, he's very excited about his next release which features the music of Michael Jackson, entitled "Never Can Say Goodbye". Joey also is involved along with Elvio Previati in the development of a marvelous new organ (Key B organ) which replicates the sound of a classic Tonewheel organ perfectly. The company is an Italian company call DLQ. Joey also loves teaching and sharing his knowledge about music and the organ.