The Hammond B3 organ was center stage for the first live jazz concert, featuring the Joey DeFrancesco Trio at the newly opened Redding’s Restaurant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Our host Chef Carl Redding kicked off what many hope will be the start of more live jazz in Atlantic City. The house was full for both sets.
Hammond B3 master Joey Defrancesco was joined by Paul Bollenback on guitar and Byron Landham on drums. Among the tunes performed were the jazz standards “On a Clear Day”, “Embraceable You.” DeFrancesco performed “Never Can Say Goodbye,” as a tribute to Michael Jackson. On the classic tune “Sing”, DeFrancesco appeared to be in the spirit of Jimmy Smith in the phrasing and chords he delivered. It was a beautiful thing to see and hear. I’m sure Jimmy was smiling down on this performance.