Joey DeFrancesco leads his trio in an exclusive performance at Jazz Alley

In the world of organists, Joey DeFrancesco is king.

As a teenager from a Philadelphia musical family (his father, grandfather and brother are all musicians), DeFrancesco toured with Miles Davis. Over the next 30 years, he played with countless jazz legends, including saxophonists Houston Person, David Sanborn and Pharoah Sanders.

Influences from fellow musicians led DeFrancesco to choose the trumpet, which became a favorite supplemental instrument for decades. In recent years, DeFrancesco has also added the tenor saxophone to his musical tool belt.

On tour to support his new album more music, DeFrancesco’s trio includes drummer Anwar Marshall and guitarist Lucas Brown. Having first discovered Brown as an organist, DeFrancesco knew he was the perfect companion for his trio when he heard his guitar skills as well. Six instruments train with this trio.

In a chat with KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson, DeFrancesco talked about his growing musical skills, speaking a new accent in the language of jazz, and the future of the Hammond organ in the new century.

Featuring three extended and soulful jams, enjoy this exclusive KNKX performance by the Joey DeFrancesco Trio at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle.

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Ada J. Kenney