“Live from Van Gelder Studio” Featuring Joey DeFrancesco & All-Star Band


Scott H. Thompson

'Live from Van Gelder Studio'
Ft. Joey DeFrancesco and All-Star Lineup


Popular Virtual Music Series 'Live from Van Gelder Studio' Announces Second Show and Stellar Line-Up Featuring Joey DeFrancesco & All-Star Band on May 15-16!

May 15th and 16th event headlined by Joey DeFrancesco, the undisputed king of the Hammond B-3 organ in jazz today; special guest appearance by the legendary Houston Person; Exclusive behind the scenes content available for advanced ticket holders. 

The second show, which is part of a multi-part immersive music series that debuted in late 2020 to critical acclaim, will feature legendary jazz organist, Joey DeFrancesco. 

Since being discovered by Miles Davis as a teenager, DeFrancesco has been an important force in the industry for over 30 years, particularly known for his role in the revival of the Hammond organ sound in music. He has been featured on recordings alongside Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, David Sanborn and John McLaughlin. He toured with Davis when he was only 17 years old and has released over 30 albums, nine of which were recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio.

"We're very excited to do a show featuring the Van Gelder Studio Hammond organ. So many important albums were recorded on that very instrument. I've revisited many of those recordings in putting the show together and can't wait to bring this set to a worldwide audience," said producer and musical director, Don Sickler.


Performing alongside DeFrancesco will be Billy Hart on drums and Peter Bernstein on guitar. Hart, who has graced the stage for over 60 years, has performed with Miles Davis, Otis Reding, Sam and Dave, Shirley Horn, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz. Bernstein has deep experience in organ-settings with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Rhyne and Larry Goldings. 

Special guest, tenor saxophonist Houston Person, recorded almost 50 albums at the studio dating back to 1966. Many of those with organists including Don Patterson, Richard “Groove” Holmes and Johnny “Hammond” Smith.

DeFrancesco will perform on Van Gelder’s Hammond organ that has been featured on iconic recordings made at the studio, including those by Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Shirley Scott, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland and more.

Live from Van Gelder Studio celebrates important recordings, themes, innovations, milestones and more in the studio’s 62-year history. The series provides music fans from around the world with a unique experience that includes first-hand storytelling and unique cinematic views that demonstrate the intricacies of a live, working studio.

The shows will continue to be streamed on a state-of-the-art platform that was created with Amazon technologies. The platform is engineered to accurately broadcast the unmistakable Van Gelder Studio sound live and worldwide.

Live from Van Gelder Studio has also forged unique marketing partnerships with brands in the technology and audio industry to reach new audiences and ensure that the entire listening and viewing experience is high-quality. 


About Live From Van Gelder Studio

“Live from Van Gelder Studio" is created and produced by a team of jazz industry veterans including:

  • Don Sickler, producer of five Grammy award-winning albums, produced many Van Gelder-recorded artists including Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Larry Coryell and Cindy Blackman Santana.
  • Phil Coady, producer of John Coltrane's "Ultimate Blue Train" where he and Van Gelder first connected, as well as projects with NEA Jazz Masters & NBA athletes.
  • Sam Kaufman, who as a talent agent worked with Van Gelder-recorded artists including Ray Charles, Pharoah Sanders, and Jason Moran.
  • Maureen Sickler, audio engineer, distinguished associate and long-time assistant engineer for Van Gelder, who now carries on the traditions forged in their 30+ year collaboration.

The series is designed to pay homage to the unmatched legacy of Rudy Van Gelder, who launched his recording career from his parent’s living room in Hackensack, NJ recording the most significant jazz artists of the day including Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Clifford Brown, to name a few. Van Gelder dreamed, planned and built his renowned Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio from scratch, innovating at every turn. The studio is still actively recording and its sounds can be heard every day around the globe. 

A working piece of art in acoustics, improvisation and physical beauty, Van Gelder Studio is a historic landmark. From its architectural roots to the artists that have recorded under its roof, the space is a stunning working example of Mid-Century Modern design. Its beautiful cathedral-like ceiling of Pacific Northwest timber has rarely been seen outside the small circle of important artists who have recorded there which includes Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Hank Mobley and many more jazz greats.




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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.


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