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Joey DeFrancesco Trio @ Yoshi's

In Memory of Mildred Marie Faddis, 1923-2006

For ten seasons, trumpeter Jon Faddis was Musical Director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz band, on the air with new concerts from Carnegie Hall four times a year on JazzSet. Now we're catching up with the Maestro as he plays launches his CD Teranga at the Jazz Standard in New York City.

John Faddis, photographed by John Abbott

Whether he's purring into his mute or releasing a meteor shower of spectacular phrases, Faddis plays with authority. Also with dynamics. In fact, during the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band days, he chided the JazzSet team, saying that our radio broadcasts squeezed the band's wide dynamic range into a smaller sonic package. Now, just as the Jazz Band did, the quartet moves from the softest softs to full bore with many points in between. Faddis talks through his horn, holding up his end of an animated conversation. Each player is a great team member, and Faddis adds two high-energy percussionists from Senegal to the quartet for extra thunder.

His new CD is entitled Teranga. In Faddis' words: "Taking its name from a traditional Sengalese value, Teranga is the belief that those who openly welcome a visitor ensure that their own children will never find themselves in a desperate situation when away from home."

"The Sermon" written and played by Jimmy Smith (1958)
"I'll Be Seeing You/Mack the Knife" featuring the Erroll Garner piano style, as adapted by Jimmy Smith to the organ, and carried forward by Joey DeFrancesco... composers Fain/Kahal and Blitzstein/Brecht/Weill
"Legacy," composed by Joey DeFrancesco
"Wave," composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home," traditional, arranged by DeFrancesco
"The Sermon," played by Joey DeFrancesco (2005)

Joey DeFrancesco, organ
Jake Langley, guitar
Byron Landham, drums
Guest James Moody, flute and tenor
Guest Bill Cosby, drums

Jimmy Smith, NEA Jazz Master biography

Joey DeFrancesco's Web Site

'Legacy,' the CD from Joey and Jimmy

Yoshi's in Oakland

Our recording is by Phil Edwards with Brian Edwards and Earl Pitman.
Thanks to Dan Pettit and Peter Williams at Yoshi's
Thanks also to NPR's Benjamin K. Roe and Suraya Mohamed for interviewing Jimmy Smith.
Our Technical Director is Duke Markos, Producer Becca Pulliam, Executive Producer Thurston Briscoe III at Jazz 88, WBGO in Newark.
Host is Dee Dee Bridgewater, who encourages you to get on out and hear some live music!

Copyright 2007 NPR