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 Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The Killer B's: Jazz Organ Summit in Philly 6/23 with Joey D and Trudy P Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 12 June 2006

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Hammond B3 Summit honoring Jimmy Smith & Friday Night Fish Fry will be held at Ogontz Grill, 7152 Ogontz Avenue 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday June 23rd as part of the Third Annual West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. This amazing concert is a free event hosted by Rich Budesa and feattruing: Joey DeFrancesco, Trudy Pitts, Rich Budesa nad Lumpy King. Phillys signature organ style will heat up the stage with four of the worlds leading Hammond B-3 organists performing with their bands, culminating in a smokin jam session.

"Jimmy was one of the greatest and most innovative musicians of our time. I love the man and I love the music. He was my idol, my mentor and my friend," fellow Hammond B-3 artist and friend" - Joey Defrancesco

Joey Defrancesco is widely regarded as the best Hammond B3 organist in the wold. Joey has amazing chops and can play bebop, hard-bop, free, soul-jazz and post-bop with precision, depth and swing. Joey was an organ prodigy and started playing the Hammond B3 as a very young child and his father ("Papa" John, also an organist) started taking him to clubs to hear the greats like Jimmy Smith when he was only 7. When he was 10 he got up on stage and played "Rock Candy" with Jack McDuff.

When Joey was only 17 years old, Miles Davis asked him to join his band. Joey toured Europe and recorded two albums for Columbia records with the Miles Davis band. Then Joeys solo career was launched with his own Columbia record deal. Joey is credited with helping to bring back the Hammond B3 organ as a popular jazz instrument in the 80s

Joey listened and learned from the B3 masters, especially Jimmy Smith to whom Joey pays homage in his 1999 High Note release, "The Champ". Joey swings just like Jimmy too and in 2000 recorded the CD "Incredible!" with Jimmy Smith. He also recored a final CD with Jimmy Smith that was released last year.

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Trudy Pitts
A classically trained musician, Trudy Pitts has gone on to enjoy a successful career as a jazz pianist, organist, composer, arranger, vocalist and educator. Trudy has delighted audiences around the world, and significantly contributed to the development of students in various musical disciplines. She has established a reputation for superior musicianship, a deep reverence for all music, but most notably jazz and a sincere commitment to the cultural communities of Philadelphia and beyond.

Ms. Pitts musical education began at the age of six when she sat down to the piano that her mother had transported from New Orleans to Philadelphia. Starting with twenty-five cent piano lessons with Blanche Burton, a legendary instructor of several generations of South Philadelphians, Trudy accompanied her mother during church recitals. She graduated from John Bartram High School, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree for the University of the Arts (formerly The Philadelphia Musical Academy), studying under the British Professor of Music, Helene Diedrichs. Attended Temple University, The Julliard School of Music, and the Connecticut College for Women, completing graduate-level course work in composition and extended piano discipline. This extensive formal training, and the flexibility that it engendered, has enabled Ms. Pitts to successfully integrate both classical and jazz music into her work.

Friday, June 3rd at Ogontz Grill, 7152 Ogontz Avenue 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

    HAMMOMD B-3 ORGAN SUMMIT- Tribute to Jimmy Smith
    7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. LUMPY KING
    8 p.m. - 8:45 p.m . RICH BUDESA
    9 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. TRUDY PITTS
    10 p.m. - 11 p.m JOEY DEFRANCESCO

Check out the other great music in the WEST OAK LANE JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL held June 23-25 on the 7100 to 7200 blocks of Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane, with over 500 performers ages 8 to 80, making the '06 festival one of the largest outdoor jazz and arts fests on the East Coast. The '06 festival will feature 3 days of non-stop music on 4 outdoor stages. Visit their website at www.westoaklanefestival.com



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