Jazz Music Composer, Joey Defrancesco, Grammy Award Nominated, dies at 51

Joey Defrancesco was an American Jazz organ player, Trumpeter, Saxophonist, and also an occasional singer. He had more than 30 musical albums to his name and he had collab with many artists like Houston Person, Miles Davis, and many more in his career.

Joey was also a Jazz Music Composer and he was also nominated for Grammy Awards. He used to play instruments like Trumpet and Saxophone. He also toured internationally with many hit artists in his days.

Grammy Nominated Jazz-Organist, Joey DeFrancesco has died at the age of 51

Joey DeFrancesco died on August 25, 2022, at the age of 51. His death has shattered everyone as he died at a very young age. His family and friends are devastated and heartbroken by his sudden demise. The cause of his death is still unknown.

In spite of the fact that not much information can be absorbed at this time as late as his family announces an affirmation regarding the situation.

Joey Defrancesco’s Childhood and Biography

Joey Defrancesco was born on April 10, 1971, in Springfield, Pennsylvania, United States. He was born into a musical family which included three generations of Jazz Musicians. His grandfather, Joseph Defrancesco was also a Jazz musician and used to play Saxophone and Clarinet.

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His father, John Defrancesco, was an organist who played nationally and received many awards. He started a band in Philadelphia at the age of 10 that included Jazz Musicians Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones. He started playing the instruments at the age of 4 and also he started playing songs by Jimmy Smith verbatim by the age of 5.

Joey Defrancesco Relationship Status

Gloria DeFrancesco is the wife of popular jazz organist, Joey DeFrancesco.

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They both together have one daughter named Ashley Blue DeFrancesco who is an online entertainer.

Joey DeFrancesco Career and Professional life

Joey Defrancesco was 16 years old when he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records. His first record was titled All of Me. In the same year, he joined Miles Davis and his band for a tour. He began touring with his four-man group at the age of 18. At the age of 22, he became a founder of the group The Free Birds.

He was part of several recordings, including many albums. He played 200-plus nights a year throughout the course of his career. Joey was a multi-instrumentalist and he was best known as a jazz organist, Trumpeter, and Saxophonist.

Joey’s Educational Background

He attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. And in this School, he studied music specializing in piano and organ.

During his high school days, he also won many awards. He was a finalist in the first Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

The net worth of Joey DeFrancesco

Joey DeFrancesco is one of the richest Jazz Trumpeters and he was also listed as the most popular Jazz Trumpeter.

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According to Wikipedia, Joey’s net worth is estimated to be 1.5 million USD.

Social Media Handles

He has a huge fan base all over the world. On his official Instagram, he got 48K+ followers. He got 52K+ followers on his Official Facebook Account. He has 12K+ followers on his Twitter handle.

Joey’s Awards and Honors

Joey DeFrancesco was nominated for a Grammy Award four times with more than 30 recordings as a leader. He won the Downbeat Critics Poll 9 times. Joey has won the DownBeat Reader Poll every year since 2005 and has won a number of JazzTimes Awards. He was also a member of the Hammond Hall of Fame.