Joey DeFrancesco Quartet

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There are those who are simply born to be jazz musicians. In the case of American organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco, there was never any doubt that music would be his life. A Hammond child prodigy (he was playing Jimmy Smith themes by ear aged just five), jamming with Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones at ten(!) and signed to Columbia Records by his seventeenth birthday, DeFrancesco was all set for true jazz stardom early. Since those notable triumphs, he's carved his own path as one of the most versatile and original of all jazz organists (he's collaborated with everyone from Miles Davis through to, most recently, Van Morrison), melding the tradition with innovation, en route collecting Grammy nominations and annual DownBeat awards and working virtually non-stop throughout the world. It's widely recognised that DeFrancesco's rise to prominence in the 1980s reignited the fortunes of the Hammond organ. What's perhaps less frequently noted is that, like Jimmy Smith before him, he has remained the instrument’s front-runner ever since, creating a thirty year reign at the very top of the jazz tree. Indeed, it's hard to envisage anyone being able to topple this genuine musical giant.

Herts Jazz are especially proud to present DeFrancesco's own hard-grafting band featuring Wilson, Roberts and Ode in what promises to be a full-on and grooving climax to the first full day of the festival.
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Saturday October 6, 8:15pm

  • > Joey DeFrancesco - Keyboards, Trumpet, Vocals, Organ
  • > Troy Roberts - Saxophones
  • > Dan Wilson - Guitar
  • > Michael Ode - Drums