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The music of Joey DeFrancesco -- an important force in the revival of the Hammond B-3 organ as a jazz instrument, as well as a trumpeter and vocalist -- runs the gamut from soul-jazz and bluesy grooves à la Jimmy Smith to hard bop to the more advanced modal style of Coltrane disciple Larry Young. Born in Springfield, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) on April 10, 1971, DeFrancesco was the son of another Philly-area jazz organist, Papa John DeFrancesco, and the grandson of multi-instrumentalist Joe DeFrancesco, who worked with the Dorsey Brothers. He began playing piano at age four and quickly switched to his father's instrument, preferring the sound of the Hammond B-3 over the modern synthesizers that had become the dominant alternative to piano. He began sitting in at his father's club gigs around age six; by age ten, he was performing paying gigs on the weekends and sitting in with artists like Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes. DeFrancesco continued to study through high school, drawing from Philadelphia's rich jazz organ heritage and the numerous veteran players who still found work on the city's club scene. At 16, he was the first recipient of the Philadelphia Jazz Society's McCoy Tyner Scholarship, and was also a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. He met Miles Davis on a local television show and impressed the trumpeter enough that DeFrancesco was invited on tour following his high-school graduation in 1988. After appearing on the well-received Live Around the World and Amandla albums, DeFrancesco scored a solo deal with Columbia and released his debut as a leader, All of Me, in 1989. Four more Columbia albums followed (Where Were You?, Part III, Reboppin', Live at the Five Spot), one per year, and DeFrancesco's reputation grew steadily, helped by the fact that as a virtuosic yet vintage-style organist, he was something of an anomaly on the early-'90s jazz scene. His arrival presaged -- and, in fact, helped kick-start -- a renewal of interest in organ jazz of all stripes, and he remained one of the most versatile and advanced of the new breed of players; inspired by Davis, he even picked up the trumpet as a second instrument. After parting ways with Columbia, DeFrancesco recorded sets for Muse and Big Mo, and began working extensively with guitarist John McLaughlin. His appearance on 1994's After the Rain and his subsequent international tour with McLaughlin brought him to a whole new audience. He spent the next few years working mostly as a sideman, however, and returned to the studio under his own name in 1998, recording All or Nothing at All for Big Mo; he also appeared with his father on All in the Family for High Note. The following year brought The Champ, a tribute to Jimmy Smith (also on High Note), and a new record deal with Concord Jazz, which kicked off with the Mafia movie soundtrack tribute Goodfellas. DeFrancesco finally teamed up with longtime hero Jimmy Smith for 2000's Incredible!, and issued the Concord follow-up Singin' and Swingin' in 2001, which spotlighted his easygoing vocals. In the meantime, he also continued to record sessions for High Note, including the sequel The Champ: Round 2 (2000) and another tribute to one of his influences, The Philadelphia Connection: A Tribute to Don Patterson (2002). Always a busy and prolific artist, DeFrancesco released five albums in the next five years: 2003's Falling in Love Again, which featured jazz singer Joe Doggs; 2004's Plays Sinatra His Way; 2005's Legacy, again with Jimmy Smith; and 2006's Organic Vibes. Live: The Authorized Bootleg followed in 2007 from Concord Records, while Joey D! appeared in 2008. In 2009, DeFrancesco paid tribute to one his idols with Finger Poppin: Celebrating the Music of Horace Silver. In 2010, DeFrancesco returned with the similarly minded tribute album Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson. The following year, DeFrancesco celebrated his 40th birthday with the release of the studio album 40. In 2012, he was joined by guitarist Larry Coryell and drummer Jimmy Cobb for the album Wonderful! Wonderful!, followed by One for Rudy in 2013. DeFrancesco then collaborated with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and saxophonist David Sanborn on the 2014 trio album Enjoy the View. In 2015, he delivered the soulful quartet effort Trip Mode. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Joey DeFrancesco

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    Home for the Holidays

    19 songs

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    The Best of Joey Defrancesco

    19 songs

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    Baddest B-3 Burner in the Business

    11 songs

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    Legacy

    11 songs

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    Falling in Love Again

    11 songs

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    No Greater Thrill

    13 songs

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    Singin' and Swingin'

    6 songs

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    One Take, Vol. 4

    9 songs

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    Finger Poppin: Celebrating the Music of Horace Silver

    7 songs

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    Estate

    8 songs

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    All or Nothing at All

    9 songs

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    Organic Vibes

    9 songs

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    It's About Time

    10 songs

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    Ballads and Blues

    6 songs

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    Incredible!

    8 songs

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    Live at the 5 Spot

    7 songs

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    Live: The Authorized Bootleg

    10 songs

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    One for Rudy

    10 songs

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    The Champ: Round 2

    11 songs

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    The Street of Dreams

    9 songs

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    Trip Mode

    8 songs

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    Wonderful! Wonderful!

    9 songs

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    40

    9 songs

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    Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson

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Top Songs by
Joey DeFrancesco

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  2.   Trip Mode
  3.   Broadway featuring Phil Dwyer
  4.   Alice In Wonderland featuring Phil Dwyer
  5.   Village Green featuring Phil Dwyer
  6.   Not That featuring Phil Dwyer
  7.   There Is No Greater Love featuring Phil Dwyer
  8.   Tenderly featuring Phil Dwyer
  9.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
  10.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  11.   Let Me Love You Tonight
  12.   Donny's Tune
  13.   They Say It's Wonderful
  14.   Mistletoe And Holly
  15.   You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  16.   Traffic Jam
  17.   I'll Be Home For Christmas
  18.   I Thought About You
  19.   Five Spot After Dark
  20.   What Child Is This
  21.   I Don't Wanna Be Kissed
  22.   But Not for Me
  23.   The First Noel
  24.   One for Rudy
  25.   Monk's Dream
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Joey DeFrancesco

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    Jazz Christmas

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    The Wolf Lounge

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    Sinatra And Friends

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    Modern Jazz

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    Contemporary Jazz

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    Jazz

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    Acid Jazz


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