Joey Defrancesco Death – Legendary Jazz Musician, Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Radio Personality, Grammy Nominated Artist Joey DeFrancesco has passed away. Joey Defrancesco died Thursday, the 25th of August 2022. He was 51 years old. His cause of death has not been released. Joey DeFrancesco was an American jazz organist, trumpeter, saxophonist, and occasional singer. He has released more than 30 albums under his name and has been recording extensively as a side musician with such leading performers as Miles Davis, Houston Person, and John McLaughlin early in his career.
Joey Defrancesco early life
Joey DeFrancesco was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania in 1971. He grew up in a musical family with three generations of jazz musicians. He was named after his grandfather, jazz musician Joseph DeFrancesco, who played the saxophone and clarinet. His father, “The Papa” John DeFrancesco, was a nationally touring organist who received the Living Legend Award from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2013. DeFrancesco began playing the organ at the age of four and by the age of five was performing songs by Jimmy Smith verbatim.
From the age of five, his father, John, began taking him to gigs and allowing him to sit in on sets. DeFrancesco joined a band in Philadelphia at the age of ten, which included jazz musicians Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones. He was a regular at local jazz clubs, opening for Wynton Marsalis and B.B. King. Joey DeFrancesco attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia. He studied music there, specializing in piano and organ. DeFrancesco received numerous awards in high school, including the Philadelphia Jazz Society McCoy Tyner Scholarship. He was a finalist in Thelonious Monk’s first International Jazz Piano Competition.
Joey Defrancesco career
Joey DeFrancesco was 16 when he signed with Columbia. Next year, he released All of Me. His performance on All of Me helped revive the organ in 1980s jazz. That same year, DeFrancesco toured Europe with Miles Davis. He played keyboard on Davis’ album Amandla, which hit No. 1 in 1989. Inspired by Davis, DeFrancesco began playing trumpet around the same time. Davis spotted DeFrancesco on Time Out. Davis asked the show’s host, “what’s your organ player’s name,” referring to DeFrancesco. DeFrancesco recorded 5 albums for Columbia. Where Were You, Part III, Reboppin, and Live at the 5 Spot followed All of Me?
Joey Defrancesco award and honors
Joey DeFrancesco has more than 30 solo recordings. DeFrancesco won the Down Beat Critics Poll (organ) 9 times and the Down Beat Readers Poll every year since 2005. He’s won JazzTimes Awards. DeFrancesco joined Brian Auger, Billy Preston, Steve Winwood, and Jimmy Smith in the Hammond Hall of Fame in 2013.
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