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June 21, 2012
A monster of the Hammond B-3 organ who has performed with jazz heavyweights David Sanborn, James Moody and Elvin Jones, Joey DeFrancesco conjures the ghosts of former greats Jimmy Smith and Larry Young with a tone that burns through touches of blues and funk with equal parts fire and grace. Upstairs at Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. 8 and 10 p.m. Thu.-Fri. $25. http://www.vitellosjazz.com .
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June 21, 2012
A monster of the Hammond B-3 organ who has performed with jazz heavyweights David Sanborn, James Moody and Elvin Jones, Joey DeFrancesco conjures the ghosts of former greats Jimmy Smith and Larry Young with a tone that burns through touches of blues and funk with equal parts fire and grace. Upstairs at Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Ave., Studio City. 8 and 10 p.m. Thu.-Fri. $25. http://www.vitellosjazz.com .
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May 27, 2010
JAZZ Best known for agreeable crossover jazz and R&B, saxophonist David Sanborn has also recorded with the avant-garde-leaning Tim Berne and the powerhouse Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Here he will be joined by organist Joey DeFrancesco in a groove-ready trio setting. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 8 and 10 p.m. through Sat., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sun. $30-45. (323) 466-2210. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com.
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May 27, 2010
JAZZ Best known for agreeable crossover jazz and R&B, saxophonist David Sanborn has also recorded with the avant-garde-leaning Tim Berne and the powerhouse Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Here he will be joined by organist Joey DeFrancesco in a groove-ready trio setting. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 8 and 10 p.m. through Sat., 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sun. $30-45. (323) 466-2210. http://www.catalinajazzclub.com.
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April 6, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Muhammad Ali's classic aphorism kept coming to mind during jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco's opening-night set Wednesday at the Jazz Bakery. Like Ali's stunning combination of lightning-quick mobility and dynamic power, DeFrancesco's playing was an irresistible blend of darting, zephyr-like phrases and kick-out-the-jams thunder.
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October 11, 1989 | BILL KOHLHAASE
At 18, Joey DeFrancesco has already toured Europe with Miles Davis, becoming the youngest member of the Davis band in 25 years. What's even more remarkable in this synthesizer age, the recent high-school graduate from Philadelphia chooses to play the Hammond B-3 organ--not the new electronic model, but the old motor-driven unit that the company quit making a few years back. Listening to Jimmy Smith's "Blues for J."
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August 28, 1989 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
1."Tenderly," George Benson. 2."In a Sentimental Mood," Dr. John. 3."The Majesty of the Blues," Wynton Marsalis. 4."Trio Jeepy," Branford Marsalis. 5."In Good Company," Joe Williams. 6."Fire!," David Newman. 7."Chet Baker Sings and Plays," Chet Baker. 8."Diane Schuur Collection," Diane Schuur. 9."When Harry Met Sally," Harry Connick Jr. 10."Art Deco," Don Cherry. 11."All of Me," Joey Defrancesco. 12."Chick Corea Akoustic Band," Chick Corea Akoustic Band. 13."
NEWS
January 20, 2005
This weekend, thousands of music industry executives, store owners, recording artists and others will gather in Anaheim for the annual National Assn. of Music Manufacturers trade show. Nearby in Fullerton, Steamers Cafe presents four nights of top-notch jazz, kicking off tonight with the West Coast All Star Jazz Guitar Collective, featuring Mundell Lowe, Joe Diorio, Frank Potenza and Ron Eschete.
NEWS
April 12, 2002
Fiddler Mark O'Connor will present a tribute to legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli as part of the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2002-03 Jazz Club Series. Besides O'Connor's shows March 14-15, the series will feature trumpeter Nicholas Payton (Oct. 25-26); singer-composer Steve Tyrell (Nov. 8-9); the Pat Martino Trio with organist Joey DeFrancesco (Nov. 22-23); the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater (Jan. 10); and vocalist Dianne Reeves (Jan. 24-25).
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1994 | DON HECKMAN
THE FREE SPIRITS FEATURING JOHN McLAUGHLIN "Tokyo Live" Verve * * * 1/2 McLaughlin's career has been a style-busting exploration through a colorful array of different musical forms. But he always has been at his best--as he is here--in a small group format, blending in near-symbiotic fashion with players who push the envelope of his skills. There are no dull moments in this brilliant collaboration between the guitarist, organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Dennis Chambers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Muhammad Ali's classic aphorism kept coming to mind during jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco's opening-night set Wednesday at the Jazz Bakery. Like Ali's stunning combination of lightning-quick mobility and dynamic power, DeFrancesco's playing was an irresistible blend of darting, zephyr-like phrases and kick-out-the-jams thunder.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1989 | BILL KOHLHAASE
At 18, Joey DeFrancesco has already toured Europe with Miles Davis, becoming the youngest member of the Davis band in 25 years. What's even more remarkable in this synthesizer age, the recent high-school graduate from Philadelphia chooses to play the Hammond B-3 organ--not the new electronic model, but the old motor-driven unit that the company quit making a few years back. Listening to Jimmy Smith's "Blues for J."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2006 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The amazing thing about Mort Weiss is not so much that he plays the clarinet with such joy and enthusiasm, but that he plays it at all. After his life became a shambles in the early '60s, he set the instrument aside, and didn't pick it up again for 36 years. That kind of layoff would seem to be enough to slow down the muse in most players, but Weiss -- who became a successful entrepreneur, the owner of two music stores, in the interim -- has returned to action in high gear.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2010
FAMILY Explore why your body produces oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at the interactive exhibit "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body." Opening weekend visitors get a chance to mix up a batch of their own slime to bring home. Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St. Santa Ana. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Through Sept. 12. Adults $12.95, children $9.95. (714) 542-2823. http://www.discoverycube.org. MUSIC Things are looking fairly dire on the Louisiana coast right now, but the Cajun Creole Music Festival should be a reminder of the region's vitality.
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