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#506380 - 08/25/22 06:35 PM We lost Joey Defrancisco today
Bill Lewis Offline
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Registered: 11/12/08
Posts: 2443
Loc: Bluffton/Hilton Head SC USA
Jazz organ master as well as trumpet and sax player has passed. What a loss at 51 years old. Just today jamming with my sax player I was teaching him a little jazz riff I wrote. I joked that I heard Joey do a tune almost identical so he must of got the idea from me. So sad what a great player.
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#506381 - 08/26/22 03:40 AM Re: We lost Joey Defrancisco today [Re: Bill Lewis]
montunoman Offline
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Registered: 10/20/09
Posts: 3209
Loc: Dallas, Texas
How very said, he left us way too sone but his legacy will remain. RIP
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#506382 - 08/26/22 07:25 AM Re: We lost Joey Defrancisco today [Re: Bill Lewis]
cgiles Offline
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Registered: 09/29/05
Posts: 6703
Loc: Roswell,GA/USA
So sad and what a shock. Sympathies to his family and especially his father, "Papa John" Defrancesco who most of us (musicians) from the Philly/South Jersey area knew pretty well. RIP.

"Faith means not wanting to know what is true." [Nietzsche]

#506383 - 08/26/22 10:04 AM Re: We lost Joey Defrancisco today [Re: Bill Lewis]
Kerry Offline

Registered: 09/24/21
Posts: 35
So sad! Was only a few months ago at NAMM 2022 that I caught him performing on the Legends stage, such a talent and sweet gentleman.

#506384 - 08/26/22 10:17 AM Re: We lost Joey Defrancisco today [Re: Kerry]
captain Russ Offline
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Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 7293
Loc: Lexington, Ky, USA
Saw him many times at NAMM. Nice guy. Passable singer, too.

I've been concerned about his weight for years.

He certainly deserved all the appreciation he got.


#506385 - 08/26/22 02:44 PM Re: We lost Joey Defrancisco today [Re: Bill Lewis]
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Registered: 06/09/02
Posts: 3163
Loc: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Joseph DeFrancesco was named after his grandfather, a jazz musician who also played clarinet and saxophone. As a child, he began playing the music of Jimmy Smith at the age of four, and by the age of five, he could play them perfectly.


#506386 - 08/26/22 03:34 PM Re: We lost Joey Defrancisco today [Re: Bill Lewis]
Diki Offline

Registered: 04/25/05
Posts: 14208
Loc: NW Florida
Such a loss… 51 is way too short. 🥲

Al least Jimmy’s got someone to spell him while he takes a leak in the Big Band in the Sky now.
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