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Special Engagement: Joey DeFrancesco
October 27, 2019
TWO SHOWS: 6:00 pm & 8:15 pm ALL SEATS RESERVED
6:00 pm: $56 VIP, $49 Premium, $43 General, $16 Students (25 & under w/ ID, General seating only)
8:15 pm: $51 VIP, $45 Premium, $39 General, $16 Students (25 & under w/ ID, General seating only)
Plus processing costs
Joey DeFrancesco-organ, Troy Roberts-sax, Stephen Gordon-drums
Joey DeFrancesco was raised in Philadelphia, where found his musical roots in Jazz, Blues and other musical art forms. Today, DeFrancesco’s music embodies the traditional art form infused with a distinct modern approach, just part of what makes his music unmistakably his own.
Joey DeFrancesco’s emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had all but gone into hibernation from the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s until DeFrancesco reignited the flame with his vintage Hammond organ and Leslie speaker cabinet. The son of “Papa” John DeFrancesco, an organist himself, the younger DeFrancesco remembers playing as early as four-years-old. Soon after, his father began bringing him to gigs in Philadelphia, sitting in with legendary players like Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones, who quickly recognized his talent and enthusiasm. With a natural gift for music, DeFrancesco also swiftly picked up on the trumpet after a touring stint with Miles Davis as one of the two youngest players ever recruited for any of Davis’ ensembles.
DeFrancesco has recorded and/or toured with his own groups as well as numerous renowned artists that include Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, James Moody, John Scofield, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Cobb, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, David Sanborn and many more. The four time Grammy® Award-nominee, with more than 30 recordings as a leader under his belt, has received countless Jazz Journalist Association awards and other accolades worldwide, including being inducted into the inaugural Hammond Organ Hall of Fame in 2014, the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in 2016 as well as topping the Critics Polls in DownBeat Magazine eleven times over the past fifteen years and the Readers Polls every year since 2005. DeFrancesco also hosts a weekly program on SiriusXM Radio’s Real Jazz channel titled “Organized.”
2019 sees the Master Organist celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his debut album and the release of the adventurous recording In The Key Of The Universe, available on Mack Avenue Records.
Saxophonist Troy Roberts hails from the remote location of Perth, West Australia and has been a permanent member of Joey D’s group since 2016. Roberts has won four consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards, two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, was the only Australian finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, and has received a first Grammy Nomination Medal.
“He has dominated the instrument and the field as no one of his generation has.” – Chicago Tribune
“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