Joey DeFrancesco Biography – Joey DeFrancesco Wiki
Joey DeFrancesco was an American jazz musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer, radio personality and grammy nominated artist. Signed to Columbia Records at 16, DeFrancesco released his first album, “All of Me,” and joined Miles Davis on a five-week European tour at 17. That tour with Davis led to playing keyboards for Davis on the 1989 release, “Amandla.”
Born in Springfield, Pa. on April 10, 1971, Joseph DeFrancesco started out banging on a toy piano, but by age 4 he had graduated to his father’s organ. At age 9, Joey’s father brought him to the Settlement Music School, a community organization with a long history of mentoring young talent.
DeFrancesco was only 10 when he played his first professional gig, at Gert’s Cocktail Lounge on South Street, which held a jam session every Monday night. He attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where his classmates included McBride, drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. He was the first of their peer group to get a record deal, after his performance at the first annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition impressed George Butler, a producer and A&R executive at Columbia.
He eventually worked in a range of situations beyond the typical organ combo, including a group called The Free Spirits, a fusion group with guitarist John McLaughlin and drummer Dennis Chambers. But he also pulled others into his zone; even with McLaughlin, DeFrancesco found a foot-tapping groove, notably on a 1995 album titled After the Rain, with master drummer Elvin Jones.
DeFrancesco 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 albums as a leader under his belt, 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 hosted a weekly program on SiriusXM Radio’s Real Jazz channel titled “Organized.”
On his latest album, “More Music,” DeFrancesco played organ, keyboard, piano, trumpet and, for the first time on record, tenor saxophone.
Joey DeFrancesco Age
DeFrancesco was born on April 10, 1971, in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He died on August 25, 2022. He was 51 years old.
Joey DeFrancesco Wife
Joey DeFrancesco was married to his wife Gloria DeFrancesco.
Joey DeFrancesco Family
He was born into a musical family that included three generations of jazz musicians. His father, known as “Papa” John DeFrancesco, played organ on the Philadelphia jazz scene; his grandfather and namesake, Joseph DeFrancesco, had played saxophone and clarinet during the swing era of the 1930s, in upstate New York. His older brother, Johnny, is a blues guitarist.
Joey DeFrancesco Death
Jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco died on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the age of 51. DeFrancesco’s wife and manager, Gloria DeFrancesco, announced his death on social media.
“The love of my life is now in peace with the angels. Right now I have very few words,” his wife wrote. “Thank you for the outpouring of love and support coming in from everywhere. Joey loved you all.”
Joey DeFrancesco Cause of Death
The cause of DeFrancesco’s death was not revealed.
Joey DeFrancesco Net Worth
Joey DeFrancesco’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.
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