Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children under 18 and free to McNeese and Sowela students with a valid ID.
DeFrancesco comes from a musical family. His grandfather, Joseph DeFrancesco (his namesake), was a reed man. And of course his father, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, is a fine jazz organist in his own right. At the age of 4, DeFrancesco began taking a strong interest in the organ. By the time he was 5, he was playing Jimmy Smith songs verbatim. As the years went on his interest and love for the organ and music grew stronger. From the ages of 5 to 10 his father would bring him to his own gigs and let him sit in.
At 16, he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records, releasing his first record a year later. Around the same time, he was invited to join and tour with the great Miles Davis throughout Europe, and by 18, he had his own quartet and has been going strong every since.
With over 30 recordings as a leader and collaborations with such top names as Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Frank Wess, Jimmy Cobb, Arturo Sandoval and George Benson, DeFrancesco is one of the current jazz scene's true trailblazers.
He has won the Down Beat Critics and Readers poll every year since 2002, as well as a Jazz Journalist Award. He has also been nominated for two Grammy awards and he is currently touring with David Sanborn.
Jazz festival activities will take place throughout the day with nine middle school and high school jazz bands participating. There will also be instrumental clinics, a McNeese mini-concert where McNeese Jazz and Percussion ensembles will be featured, a workshop by DeFrancesco and an open student jam session.
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