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'Project Freedom' Joey DeFrancesco

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Feb 2, 2017 Updated Feb 17, 2017

A modern-day icon of the B3, Joey DeFrancesco's new record pays homage to his home-town Philly.

Philadelphia is widely regarded the birthplace of organ-based blues and jazz. Both Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff cut their teeth in Philly, so it's also rather fitting that Joey DeFrancesco also grew up in the area, performing on organ and trumpet. This week, we'e featuring his new album, Project Freedom. It's in-part dedicated to the so-called 'City of Brotherly Love's' rich organ history, and is also an expression of what the city and it's people mean to him personally: "that's where all my initial inspiration comes from," explains the multi-instrumentalist.

Joining DeFrancesco are US musicians Dan Wilson on guitar and drummer Jason Brown, as well as Aussie ex-pat Troy Roberts on tenor. It also happens to be the band's debut for Mack Avenue Records, with the quartet performing originals and a few covers.

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Imagine Prelude'
2. 'Joey DeFrancesco'
3. 'The Unifier'
4. 'Better Than Yesterday'
5. 'Lift Every Voice'
6. 'One'
7. 'So Near So Far'
8. 'Peace Bridge'
9. 'Karma'
10. 'A Change Is Gonna Come'
11. 'Stand Up'

CD: Project Freedom by Joe DeFrancesco (Mack Avenue MAC1121); audio available for 1 month after feature album broadcast.
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Joey DeFrancesco (born April 10, 1971) is an American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist. He is a Grammy-nominated artist who has released more than 30 albums, including recordings with jazz legends Miles Davis and Jimmy Smith. DeFrancesco signed his first record deal at the age of 16 and has played internationally with musicians that include David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Frank Wess, John...

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