Wednesday, December 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Fall 2013 Concert Series
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Joey DeFrancesco returns to the MIM Music Theater with his band, the Vibe. The music of DeFrancesco – an important force in the revival of the Hammond B-3 organ as a jazz instrument – runs the gamut from soul-jazz and bluesy grooves à la Jimmy Smith to hard bop to the more advanced modal style of Coltrane disciple Larry Young. The son of Philadelphia-jazz organist “Papa” John DeFrancesco began playing piano at age four and quickly switched to organ, preferring the sound of the Hammond B-3 over the modern synthesizers that had become the dominant alternative to piano. He began sitting in at his father’s club gigs around age six and by age ten he was performing paying gigs on the weekends and sitting in with artists like Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes.
The Vibe includes Ramon and Tony Banda (drums and bass, respectively), saxophonist Steve Wilkerson, guitarist Steve Cotter, and percussionist Jose “Papo” Rodriguez. The group blends DeFrancesco’s signature sound with Latin rhythms, R&B, and straight-ahead jazz.