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Joey DeFrancesco

Michael Berkeley's guest today is the American virtuoso jazz organist, trumpeter and singer Joey DeFrancesco, who is in London for the annual Jazz Festival. Born into a family of jazz musicians, Joey began playing the piano aged four before switching to the Hammond organ. By the age of 10 he was playing his own gigs, and at 17 was invited by Miles Davis to join his band, with which he toured Europe. In the 1990s he worked with John McLaughlin's trio, and has partnered many other famous jazz musicians. He has been described as 'one of the most unfussily virtuosic torch-bearers of contemporary organ jazz'.

Today he talks to Michael Berkeley about a range of music, from jazz classics by Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis, to piano music by Bach, Debussy and Chopin, and a Beethoven symphony.

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Sun 20 Nov 2011 12:00

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