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Joey Defrancesco With Terri Lyne Carrington and Mark Whitfield
Joey DeFrancesco with Terri Lyne Carrington and Mark Whitfield
Ignite Birdland’s Stage Sept. 11-15, 2018

Exclusive engagement only at Birdland NYC.

Three Jazz legends unite for what’s sure to noted as a historical residency at the Jazz Corner of the World.

Joey DeFrancesco When organist Joey DeFrancesco plays, it’s the embodiment of a modern approach to jazz and blues, infused with what The New York Times calls “a master of rhythmic pocket, and of the custom of the stomping bass lines beneath pulsating chords and riffs.” Mentored at age 4 by his organ-playing father, “Papa John” DeFrancesco, young Joey jammed with legends Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones, and toured or recorded with numerous legendary artists that include Miles Davis, George Benson, Ray Charles, Van Morrison and David Sanborn. In addition to creating over 30 recordings of his own, including his most recent, 4th Grammy-nomination, Project Freedom (Mack Avenue), where the message of search and hope is delivered through the sanctified soul of a church morphing with the smoldering sweat of a late night club in Philly. The flame Joey ignites with his organ is something you won’t forget.

Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, the world’s foremost institution for the study of Jazz and modern American music in the spring of 1987. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his to his native New York to embark on a career as a Jazz Guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson.
In 1990 the New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business”. Later that year, Warner Bros. released his debut album “The Marksman”. The success of his debut release led to a recording career that has produced a total of 14 solo recordings and a myriad of collaborative efforts with some of the most important artists in recent years; Sting, Steven Tyler, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Chris Botti, Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton.


Terri Lyne Carrington Celebrating 40 years in music, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer, producer and educator, Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career at ten years old, being the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston, MA. She was featured as a “kid wonder” in many publications such as People, EBONY, and Modern Drummer magazines, among others. After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Carrington worked as an in-demand musician in New York City, and later moved to Los Angeles, where she was a late night TV drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show.

Throughout her extensive touring and recording career, she has worked with luminary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Woody Shaw, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Esperanza Spalding, Yellowjackets, and countless others. Carrington is also the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. In 2005, Carrington returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Currently, she holds the position of Zildjian Chair in Performance, Berklee Global Jazz Institute. She is also the Artistic Director for both the Beantown Jazz Festival and Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, and Co-Artistic Director of The Carr Center, Detroit, MI.

To date, Carrington has released eight albums, most recently The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL, which features a leading cast of superb female instrumentalists and vocalists including Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Nancy Wilson, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Lizz Wright, Ingrid Jensen, Meshell Ndegoecello, Linda Oh, Patrice Rushen, Regina Carter and others. In addition to The Mosaic Project, Carrington recently combined forces with David Murray and Geri Allen to form the MAC Power Trio. Their current release is a tribute to Ornette Coleman, entitled Perfection. She is also currently touring with her latest band Social Science, featuring Aaron Parks and Matt Stevens.