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Joey DeFrancesco: Philadelphia Flyer

Joey DeFrancesco
Joey DeFrancesco
Papa John DeFrancesco

We’re in the dim light of the historic Napoleon House in the heart of the French Quarter, and B3 organist Joey DeFrancesco, oozing his Italian neighborhood upbringing in Philadelphia, has New Orleans on the brain. It’s the day after his trio performed the first of a two-night stand at Snug Harbor. Following the show, the three musicians stayed up late strolling along bustling Frenchmen Street and the nearby Quarter where, it was remarked, there was music everywhere.

As waiters in their black and whites scurry back and forth to the kitchen, and we chomp on a shared muffuletta, a large Italian sandwich that is the café’s specialty, it isn’t long before DeFrancesco mentions one of his earliest influences, New Orleans piano man Fats Domino.

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