Three-time Grammy® nominated jazz organ master, Joey DeFrancesco, to play BLU Jazz+ in February

December 19, 2014 -

AKRON, OH – Northeast Ohio jazz fans are in for a treat as BLU Jazz+ prepares to roll out the “red carpet” for jazz organ, trumpet, and vocal master, Joey DeFrancesco, and his trio!
Joey DeFrancesco has played and recorded with all of the greats: Miles Davis, Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, James Moody, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, John Scofield, John McLaughlin, and many more. Born into a musical family in Pennsylvania that included three generations of jazz musicians (Joey’s grandfather, Joseph DeFrancesco, was a jazz musician who played the saxophone and clarinet and Joey’s father, “Papa” John DeFrancesco, was an organist who played nationally), Joey began playing the organ at age 4 and hasn’t looked back since!
Join us for a very special – and quite possibly “once in a lifetime” opportunity – to catch this jazz master on his current tour of the United States, joined by drummer extraordinaire, Jason Brown (Pat Martino, Lizz Wright, Cedar Walton, Wayne Escoffery, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Amina Figarova), and Akron’s own, guitar virtuoso Dan Wilson (Russell Malone, Les McCann, Christian Mcbride, Eric Marienthal and Dave Stryker.)
TWO shows (7PM, 9:30PM), ONE night only, tickets will sell quickly – act now to reserve your spot!



BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.