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School of Arts & Humanities

News contact: Sadie Prater, UTD, (972) 883-2972, [email protected]  

Jazz Great Joey DeFrancesco
To Perform at U. T. Dallas on Nov. 15

Joey DeFrancescoRICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 30, 2003) - Joey DeFrancesco, recently voted "Best Jazz Organist of 2003" by Downbeat Magazine, will appear in concert at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) University Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m.

Appearing with DeFrancesco will be Marchel Ivery on tenor saxophone, Clint Strong on guitar and Andrew Griffith on drums. The foursome is together again for the first time since the 1999 Dallas recording of Marchel Ivery Meets Joey DeFrancesco.

Credited by the global jazz community with reviving interest in the Hammond B-3 organ, DeFrancesco gained international recognition while touring with Miles Davis as a teenager. When DeFrancesco released his Columbia debut, All Of Me, at the age of 17, the Hammond Organ Company hadn't produced a new B-3 for 14 years, due to the fact that the organ had been eclipsed by the synthesizer. But that release and DeFrancesco's style almost single-handedly rekindled the listening public's interest in the classic '60s organ trio.

Downbeat Magazine raves, "DeFrancesco is an energetic, unpretentious, soulful, swinging virtuoso who oozes confidence. His style, though heavily influenced by Jimmy Smith, comes across as personal and intimate."

"The success of my early recordings seemed to trigger a great response from those who loved the music of Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, as well as from new jazz fans," DeFrancesco said. "Suddenly, the organ was popular again."

Tickets for the DeFrancesco concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students other than UTD students, for whom admission is free. UTD ticket office hours are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the door one hour prior to show time. To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover, please call 972-883-2982.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail [email protected] or visit the School of Arts and Humanities' web site at http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator 1-800-RELAYVV.

About Joey DeFrancesco
Born in 1971, DeFrancesco taught himself to play Jimmy Smith's The Sermon in its entirety when he was five years old on his father's Hammond B-3. At the age of 10, he was accompanying Jack McDuff, and at 16 he was a finalist in the first Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Around the same time, DeFrancesco was tapped by Miles Davis to join a four-month concert tour. DeFrancesco subsequently appeared on two tracks of Davis' album, Amandla.

In 1989, DeFrancesco was signed by Columbia records - for whom he made five albums - and began to tour worldwide. At 18, he took up the trumpet, and in recent years he has added vocals to his act. DeFrancesco has toured as a sideman with John McLaughlin, recorded two albums with Houston Person and has appeared at most major musical venues around the world, including the Mellon Jazz Festival in Philadelphia and New York's Blue Note.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls about 13,700 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's web site at www.utdallas.edu.

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