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THE JOEY DEFRANCESCO QUARTET
January 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm| $15.00
Joey DeFrancesco – jazz organist, pianist, trumpeter and vocalist, was a prodigious talent at an early age. At 10 he played in a band in his hometown Philadelphia with Hank Mobley and “Philly” Joe Jones. At 16 he signed with Columbia and at 17 Miles Davis invited Joey to join his band. The two-time Grammy nominee, Down Beat Critics Poll and Readers Poll winner year after year, is recognized as a Master of the Jazz Organ.
Joey DeFrancesco has come a long way from “All of Me,” his recording debut as a leader made in 1989 as a fresh-faced 17-year-old. From the get-go, the Philadelphia native established his credentials with virtuoso technique and an innate soulfulness that he brought to bear on the hulking Hammond B-3 organ which belied his young age but spoke of his deep Philly roots under the tutelage of his father, Papa John DeFrancesco, a B-3 burner in his own right. Through the 1990s, Joey was widely recognized as spearheading a renewed interested in the Hammond organ, an instrument that had fallen out of favor among musicians and the public since its golden period during the 1960s and early 70s.
This Event is Part of The Tucson Jazz Festival 2014!