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About Joey DeFrancesco
Regarded as one of the finest jazz organists on the planet, Joey has been at the top of the game for over 20 years. His Columbia Records debut “All Of Me” (released when Joey was 17!) single-handedly revitalized the Hammond B-3 organ sound and its place in modern jazz. The record had such an impact that Miles Davis called upon Joey to join him for a European tour, and just a few years later John McLaughlin would ask him to join his Free Spirits project with drummer Dennis Chambers.
Joey grew up in a musical family. He gravitated toward keyboards at a very early age, and by the time he was 5 he was playing Jimmy Smith songs note for note. He would accompany his father, “Papa” John DeFrancesco (a jazz organist himself) to gigs, often sitting in. By the time Joey was 10 he had a regular band, which included Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone and “Philly” Joe Jones on drums. Joey has been recording regularly under his own name since 1989, and is a perennial Downbeat poll winner. In 2004 Joey was nominated for a Grammy for his record “Falling In Love Again” which featured the great actor Joe Pesci on vocals.
2017 sees DeFrancesco touring with his “Freedom Band” billed Joey DeFrancesco + The People, in support of his recent release, Project Freedom. The new quartet, features Joey on the Hammond B-3—plus contributions on keyboards, trumpet and as a vocalist.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“…ranging from sublime to positively pyrotechnic… the best B3 player on the planet” – Jazz Times
“Mr. DeFrancesco is a deeply authoritative musician, a master of rhythmic pocket, and of the custom of stomping bass lines beneath chords and riffs.” – New York Times
“no organist today plays with the skill, harmonic depth, and authority of this phenomenon from Philly.” -Jazz Police