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wonderful jazz Joey DeFrancesco passed away at age 51.

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Author/Kv Jonasl

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Jazz legend Joey DeFrancesco passed away on Friday at the age of 51, according to his wife and manager Gloria DeFrancesco.

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"My true love has found peace with the angels. I don't have many words right now.

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I appreciate the love and support that have been shown to me from all over. She posted via social media that Joey "loved you all."

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DeFrancesco revived the sound in the late 1980s and early 1990s as one of the top Hammond B-3 organ players in the field.

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He was a skilled multi-instrumentalist who could play the trumpet, keyboard, piano, organ, and tenor sax.

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At the 2019 Grammys, he was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including best jazz instrumental album.

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He shared the stage with famous performers including David Sanborn, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Van Morrison.

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DeFrancesco went to the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, according to NPR.

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In June of 2022, DeFrancesco had one of his last performances at the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

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He has previously performed at the Fulton Jazz Fest, Onondaga Community College's AAC Legends of Jazz series.

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