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Joey D & the Vibe
Dec 06-Dec 7, 2013
Master of the jazz organ
Friday, December 6
8pm $25 & 10pm $19
Saturday, December 7
7:30pm $27 & 9:30pm $22
Joey DeFrancesco - organ, trumpet, vocals
Ramon Banda - drums
Tony Banda - bass
Steve Wilkerson - sax
Steve Cotter - guitar
Jose "Papo" Rodriguez - percussion
Joey D & The Vibe
Joey DeFrancesco, Master of the Jazz organblends his signaturesound with Latin rhythm, R&B & straight ahead Jazz.The two timeGrammy Nominee& winner of Down Beats Critics & Readers Poll awards year after year collaborates with longtime friends & musical brothers Ramon & Tony Banda, Jose “Papo”Rodriguez, Steve Cotter &Steve Wilkerson.
A prodigious talent at an early age, Joey DeFrancesco was playing his own gigs at age ten with legendary musicians like Philly Joe Jones and Hank Mobley, signing his first recording contract with Columbia Records at age sixteen. Adefining highlight of his career, was being personally asked to join Miles Davis' group in the late eighties. The Jazz Organist, Miles Davis inspired trumpeter, has over 30 recordings as a leader and has collaboratedwith some of the top names in modern jazz.Joey DeFrancesco is one of the current jazz scene's true trailblazers.
Although he began his musical life as a guitarist, Ramon took over the drum chair in the family band in 1967. Along the way he has become one of the most respected and in demand Drummer/Percussionists today. His unique style and hard grooving approach evolved naturally from his formative years on the Los Angeles music scene.Most familiar to U.S. and international audiences for his work on timbales with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Ramon has toured with Joey worldwideas part of his trio, as well as recorded on four of his albums.
Bassist Tony Banda grew up in the Los Angeles area, gaining his initial exposure to music through his family. As a child, receiving “on the bandstand” experience Tony’s love & appreciation for all types of musicgrew immensely, especially Latin Jazz as well as Straight AheadJazz and rhythm & Blues. As an original member of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Tony Banda has traveled the world recording and performing with some of the greatest names in Jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria& Arturo Sandovalto namea few. With over 40 years of experience and a wide spectrum of musical concepts from which to draw from it's easy to see why he is one of the top players on the music scene today.
Steve Wilkerson is a master of all woodwind instruments. Leonard Featherproclaimed him "a ruling master of the tenor sax" in the LA Times.An accomplished musician with a big sound, he’s performed with world-classtop musicians Tony Bennet, Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan to name a few.
Steve Cotter, based out of Los Angles, has toured worldwide with Joey as part of his trio, as well as recorded on his latest record “One For Rudy”. Stevehas also touredextensively with vocalist Steve Tyrell. Some of hisinfluences, which are obvious in his melodic style include, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery & George Benson.
Jose Papo Rodriguez
The Master percussionist, “Papo” is well known in today’s Latin music scene. He has lead his own bands & was also an important part of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. His style is reminiscent of legendary percussionists Chano Pozo, Mongo Santamaria & Tito Puente.