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Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Tue, Dec 17 -
Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$25.50 Free parking

Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley present Hammond B-3 organist Joey DeFrancesco for two nights touring in support of his latest release One For Rudy. Band members are Mr. DeFrancesco (organ), Steve Cotter (guitar), and Ramon Banda (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30.

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Touring in support of their latest release One For Rudy (2013), the Joey DeFrancesco Trio offers a hard-driving record that swings straight ahead.

Joey DeFrancesco is regarded by organ aficionados as the baddest B-3 burner in the business (a claim supported by his five consecutive DownBeat Critics Poll awards for 2002-2008, 20012 & 2013). While DeFrancesco has never made any boastful claims about his own ranking among the organ elite, no organist today plays with the skill, harmonic depth, and authority of this phenomenon from Philly. With over 30 solo releases and historic associations with legends such as Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvin Jones and John McLaughlin, DeFrancesco’s place in the idiom’s history is cemented. His eclectic style ranges from soul-jazz and bluesy grooves à la Jimmy Smith to hard bop, to the more advanced modal style of Coltrane disciple Larry Young. He established his credentials at an early age 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. At only seventeen years old, Miles Davis invited DeFrancesco to join his band on tour. The same year, Joey released his recording debut as a leader on All of Me (1989).

Ramon Banda has become one of the most respected and in demand drummers/percussionists today. His unique style and hard grooving approach evolved naturally from his formative years on the Los Angeles music scene. Most familiar to U.S. and international audiences for his work on timbales with the Poncho Sanchez Latin band, Ramon has toured with DeFrancesco worldwide as a part of his trio, as well as recorded on four of his albums.

Guitarist Steve Cotter, based out of Los Angeles, also has toured worldwide with DeFrancesco and recorded on his latest record. Steve has also toured extensively with vocalist Steve Tyrell. His influences, which are obvious in melodic style, include Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, and George Benson.

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