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Jazz April Birthday: Joey DeFrancesco


The incredibly talented organist Joey DeFrancesco comes from a musical family, brought up in the rich Philadelphia jazz scene: his grandfather played reeds, his dad Papa John DeFrancesco is a fine jazz organist.  Joey went to jazz clubs with his father and learned the piano and the B-3, and by age 6, he was sitting in on his father's gigs.

Joey released his first record "All Of Me" at the age of 17.  It's been said that this record was single-handedly responsible for the great resurgence of the Hammond sound in popular music.

Joey also picked up the trumpet, after touring Europe with Miles Davis.  And he's been known to sing a few songs from behind the organ.  Joey D likes to have fun on stage and bring a full evening's entertainment to his audiences.

I feel very strongly that I’m fortunate to be doing what I’m doing. When I go home to the folks, stardom gets put aside. It’s still, ‘Joey put out the garbage.’ It helps me remember I’m just the vehicle. The music is the gift. --Joey DeFrancesco


Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.
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