Personalities | Joey DeFrancesco | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
(Organ, b. 1971)
The son of jazz organist Papa John DeFrancesco, Joey’s keyboard skill and enthusiasm were well-recognized even before 1987, when he was a finalist in the annual Thelonious Monk Competition. Indebted in style to Jimmy Smith, DeFrancesco played with Miles Davis and recorded on Columbia Records prior to his graduation from high school. His prodigious youthful energy has attracted audiences and revitalized an interest in jazz organ.
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