Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Joey DeFrancesco - Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey
Joey DeFrancesco Trio - 2014 Spring Concert Series - 5pm Youth Band 6pm Joey DeFrancesco4650 Lindle Road Harrisburg PA 17111 U.S (717) 564-5511 [map]
Check out the press release for Joey's concert - CPFJ-03-16-2014-PRESSRELEASE.pdf
5 p.m. Mechanicsburg H. S. Jazz Ensemble – Ben Goldsborough, conducting
6 p.m – 8:30 p.m. Joey DeFrancesco Trio
Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Ballroom
4650 Lindle Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111 (717) 564-5511
CPFJ proudly presents jazz organ legend Joey DeFrancesco and his Trio!
Joey DeFrancesco is responsible for the rebirth of the jazz organ sound in jazz and is considered the finest player on the instrument alive today. Son of Philadelphia organist John DeFrancesco, Joey was playing with master musicians from the age of eight, signed a recording deal with Columbia Records at sixteen, and toured with legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis at seventeen. He has since collaborated on recordings with Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, James Moody, George Benson, and many more. He has won the Down Beat Magazine Critics and Readers polls every year since 2002, as well as the Jazz Journalist awards, and countless others. With his current trio that features guitarist Paul Bollenback and drummer Carmen Intorre, Central PA is in for an exciting evening of great jazz by three masters of their craft. Joey will perform on a classic Hammond B3 organ with two Leslie speakers.
CPFJ features a youth band on all of our series concerts – at this event Mechanicsburg H.S.’s Jazz Band directed by Ben Goldsboro will open the program at 5 pm. There is food and drink available in the Sheraton Ballroom’s cabaret concert setting and we thank the Shearer Family Fund, R. Scott Shearer of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities for underwriting our Spring Concert Series for the third year.
Concert tickets are available from CPFJ’s website – www.friendsofjazz.org, or at the door the day of the concert. Call the CPFJ Office at 717-540-1010 to order by phone.
Tickets are all general admission - $25 for Adults, $20 for CPFJ Members, $10 for students,
For ticket, membership or other information: EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Central PA Friends of Jazz event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Shearer Family Fund, R. Scott Shearer of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. CPFJ also receives funding from the PA Council on the Arts, Dauphin County Commissioners, Cultural Enrichment Fund, Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation, and the Hall Foundation.
Joey DeFrancesco comes from a musical family. His Grandfather Joseph DeFrancesco (his namesake) was a reed man. And of course his father "Papa" John DeFrancesco is a fine jazz organist in his own right. At the age of four Joey began taking a strong interest in the organ. By the time he was five, he was playing Jimmy Smith songs verbatim. As the years went on his interest and love for the organ and music grew stronger. From the ages of 5-10 his father would bring him to his own gigs and let him sit in. At 10 years of age he began to play in a band in Philadelphia, which featured legendary players Hank Mobley on Tenor Saxophone, and "Philly" Joe Jones on the Drums. At 16 he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records, releasing his first record "All Of Me" at 17. This record was single handedly responsible for the great resurgence of the Hammond sound in popular music. Also in his 17th year he was called on by the great Miles Davis to join his band, and toured all over Europe. It was at that time that Joey, inspired by Miles’s sound, picked up the trumpet & started playing. To this day, Joey continues to play the trumpet, very similar to the style of Miles. At 18, Joey began touring with his own quartet. At 22, John McLaughlin called him
along with drummer Dennis Chambers, to form the group the "Free Spirits" which toured extensively for 4 years.
Joey has been around the world and back dozens of times with his own trio, but also playing and recording with some of the greatest musicians in the world - Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, James Moody, Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, and many more. He has won the Down Beat Critics and Readers poll every year since 2002, as well as Jazz Journalist award, and countless others. In 2004 Joey was nominated for a Grammy for his record "Falling In Love Again", and again in 2010 for his release titled “Never Can Say Goodbye”. Currently, Joey continues to tour with his own group, and tours with David Sanborn. Joey has played a key role in the development of his signature model organ, called Numa, by Studiologic.
Guitar master George Benson, a long-time supporter described Bollenback’s work as ". . . bona-fide playing, unambiguous, up-front and powerful," calling him “a versatile dynamo on guitar.” Bollenback counts Benson high among his wide range of influences; these also include Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, John McLaughlin, Johnny Winter, and Jimi Hendrix (among guitarists), as well as such giants Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane. Born just outside Chicago, Illinois in 1959, Paul was raised just outside NYC,
living for a few years in India. It was there that he cultivated a life-long interest in exotic musical sounds and timbres that remains evident in even his most jazz-based work. When Paul heard Miles Davis he refocused his energies into jazz fusion. Relocating a from New York to Washington, DC, in ‘75 Bollenback began to study and perform both straight-ahead jazz and fusion. He majored in music at the University of Miami, then studied for eight years with Baltimore-based professor of Theory/Composition Asher Zlotnick. In 1990 Paul established a working relationship with
the young organ legend Joey DeFrancesco, an association that has lasted to this day, producing 18 recordings. In 1997, Bollenback was named Musician of the Year at the Washington Area Music Awards. That year he returned to New York City, where he now lives. Bollenback has played with an impressive spectrum of musicians, including Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, Paul Bley, Charlie Byrd, Terri-Lyne Carrington, Herb Ellis, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike LeDonne, Joe Locke, Jack McDuff, James Moody, David “Fathead” Newman, Jim Snidero, Gary Thomas, Grady Tate, Stanley Turrentine, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. His international and national touring schedule currently include appearances with Joey DeFrancesco, Mike
LeDonne, Jim Snidero, Gary Smullyan, Buster Williams, Chris McNulty’s Magic Trio, as well as many appearances with his own trio.
Carmen Intorre performs with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, touring extensively throughout the world with the guitarist's organ trio. Born in Buffalo, NY, he developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age five. A graduate of The Institute for Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School, he has performed and recorded with numerous musicians such as George Benson, Larry Coryell, Wynton Marsalis, Monty Alexander, George Coleman, Eric Alexander, George Cables, Benny Golson, Joe Locke, Lew Tabackin, Bobby Watson, Ira Sullivan, and many others. A 2011 GRAMMY® nominee for his performance on the critically acclaimed album by Joey DeFrancesco entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: The Music of Michael Jackson, Intorre also had the pleasure of performing alongside DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith on the PBS show Legends of Jazz, hosted by Ramsey Lewis. "Carmen is one of my favorite drummers;
he has a very wide groove and strong beat, and most of all he swings his ass off! I love him!" says DeFrancesco.
Drummer/Percussionist Intorre released a new recording, “For the Soul” (Random Act Records) in 2013 - the
organ-based session covers a wide range of musical stylings from Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan to Chick Corea
and Weather Report. Joining the drummer/percussionist on the album are organists Pat Bianchi & Joey
DeFrancesco and guitarist John Hart. The album swings within the tradition while expanding upon the vocabulary
and boundaries of the idiom.
Staying over? The Sheraton is offering a $139 rate for the night of the 16th, just call the sales department to make your reservation and tell them you're with the Friends of Jazz.