Devastating news today - Hammond B-3 organ great Joey DeFrancesco has died at the age of just 51. The jazz idol was known for his work with John McLaughlin and in recent years with Van Morrison and for so many records of his own and as a featured artist at the highest level. A monster player he touched the hearts and minds of many. The cause of death is unknown.
DeFrancesco whose style was influenced by Jimmy Smith among other sources debuted as a teenager on Columbia. He made more than two dozen albums of his own. The son of an organ player, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, Joey started gigging at the tender age of 10. European audiences first got to know him in John McLaughlin's group The Free Spirits with drummer Dennis Chambers which was when we heard heard him first at the Festival Hall in London in the-1990s. RIP
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