Joey DeFrancesco and the Vibe
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“…ebullient virtuosity…” – JazzTimes
A prodigious talent at an early age, organist Joey DeFrancesco was playing his own gigs at the age of ten with legendary musicians such as “Philly” Joe Jones and Hank Mobley, and signed his first recording contract at sixteen. After playing piano in Miles Davis’ 1980s groups, DeFrancesco played a key role in the revitalization of the Hammond B3 organ on the jazz scene. DeFrancesco’s latest project blends his signature sound with Latin rhythms, R&B and straight-ahead jazz. The Vibe is a group of longtime friends, musical brothers Ramon and Tony Banda (drums and bass respectively), saxophonist Steve Wilkerson, guitarist Steve Cotter and percussionist Jose “Papo” Rodriguez.
Born of a musical family in Pennsylvania, DeFrancesco’s grandfather Joseph DeFrancesco (his name sake) was a reed-man and his father, “Papa” John DeFrancesco, is an esteemed jazz organist in his own right. At the age of four, DeFrancesco began taking a strong interest in the organ and by the time he was five, he was playing Jimmy Smith songs verbatim. As the years went on, DeFrancesco’s interest and love for music grew stronger. Once, after watching a television commercial advertising a Fats Domino compilation, he was so enamored with the music that the young DeFrancesco decided to order it without telling his parents. His father understood his son’s interest in music however, so he encouraged him to sit in on gigs around the Philadelphia area.
Widely credited as being single-handedly responsible for the great resurgence of the Hammond sound in popular music, by his 17th year he was called on by the great Miles Davis to join his band, subsequently touring all over Europe. The following year, he began leading, recording and touring with his own quartet. At 22, John McLaughlin called him to form the group the “Free Sprits.” This band toured extensively for 4 years and DeFrancesco has since collaborated with other legendary guitarists, including Pat Martino, Danny Gatton and Carlos Santana.
He has won the DownBeat Critics and Readers polls in the organ category every year since 2002, as well as racking up Jazz Journalist awards and countless others. In 2004 he was nominated for a Grammy for his album Falling In Love Again. His latest record, 2013’s One For Rudy, features Steve Cotter and Ramon Banda, both members of his current touring unit, The Vibe. In their live setting, you can expect tunes from this excellent new offering, as well as the barn-burning blues and delicate balladry that are hallmarks of DeFrancesco’s singular style.
Joey DeFrancesco and the Vibe
DATE: Thursday, December 5, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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