Joey DeFrancesco

Joey DeFrancesco, jazz organ and trumpet player, dies at 51

Jazz Times once hailed Joey DeFrancesco as “the best B3 player on the planet.”

For obvious reasons.

DeFrancesco died on Thursday, Aug. 25.

He was 51.

His wife and manager, Gloria DeFrancesco, broke the news on social media. She did not provide a cause of death.

“The love of my life is now in peace with the angels,” she wrote. “Right now I have very few words. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support coming in from everywhere. Joey loved you all.”

Signed to Columbia Records at 16, DeFrancesco released his first album, “All of Me,” and joined Miles Davis on a five-week European tour at 17.

That tour with Davis led to playing keyboards for Davis on the 1989 release, “Amandla.”

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