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Joey DeFrancesco performs with his trio on the Harbor Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Joey DeFrancesco performs with his trio on the Harbor Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR
Not much in jazz combines the churchy moan and shaking hip quite like a Hammond B-3 organ. And Joey DeFrancesco is one of its modern masters — he grew up around the instrument since birth (his father is also a jazz organist), cut his first major-label album in his teens and has been honing his innate swing instincts since then. He's 40 now, and will celebrate with an eponymous album in September; he brought a soulful trio to Newport, and the Harbor Stage crowd didn't let it walk off without a short encore.
Personnel: Joey DeFrancesco, organ/voice; Rick Zunigar, guitar; Ramon Banda, drums.