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Jazz Seminar: Joey DeFrancesco

Orgainsit Joey DeFrancesco will speak on “Techniques in Improvisation.” Free

When organist Joey DeFrancesco plays, it’s the embodiment of a modern approach to jazz and blues, infused with what The New York Times calls “a deeply authoritative musician, a master of rhythmic pocket, and the custom of stomping bass lines beneath pulsating chords and riffs.” Mentored at age 4 by his organ-playing father, “Papa John” DeFrancesco, young Joey jammed with legends Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones, he has toured or recorded with numerous music legends, Miles Davis, McLaughlin, George Benson, Ray Charles, David Sanborn and Van Morrison to name a few. In addition to creating over 30 recordings of his own, his most recent, Project Freedom (Mack Avenue), earned him his fourth Grammy-nomination, where the message of search and hope is delivered through the sanctified soul of a church morphing with the smoldering sweat of a late night club in Philly. The flame Joey ignites with his organ is something you won’t forget.

Friday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Frick Fine Arts Building, Auditorium
650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Jazz Seminar: Joey DeFrancesco

Orgainsit Joey DeFrancesco will speak on “Techniques in Improvisation.” Free

When organist Joey DeFrancesco plays, it’s the embodiment of a modern approach to jazz and blues, infused with what The New York Times calls “a deeply authoritative musician, a master of rhythmic pocket, and the custom of stomping bass lines beneath pulsating chords and riffs.” Mentored at age 4 by his organ-playing father, “Papa John” DeFrancesco, young Joey jammed with legends Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones, he has toured or recorded with numerous music legends, Miles Davis, McLaughlin, George Benson, Ray Charles, David Sanborn and Van Morrison to name a few. In addition to creating over 30 recordings of his own, his most recent, Project Freedom (Mack Avenue), earned him his fourth Grammy-nomination, where the message of search and hope is delivered through the sanctified soul of a church morphing with the smoldering sweat of a late night club in Philly. The flame Joey ignites with his organ is something you won’t forget.

Friday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Frick Fine Arts Building, Auditorium
650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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Department of Music
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