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Joey DeFrancesco brought the Hammond B3 back to life

In addition to supporting Joe Pesci's burgeoning music career, DeFrancesco pays tribute to that other great Italian singer, Frank Sinatra, with his new CD, Plays Sinatra His Way. He will be hitting the road with his trio, working through standards and wowing crowds with his showmanship.

When he comes through St. Louis this week, DeFrancesco will be touting the recently released Hammond New B3, a modern update on the old standard. Hammond stopped producing its flagship model in 1975, so this constitutes a musical event in its own right. The New B3 is digitized and up to snuff with modern technology, but it's the most faithful emulation of the oft-imitated sound.

"The new B3 is pretty much like the old B3 in look and feel and everything else," says DeFrancesco. He may sound like a celebrity endorser, but in the organ jazz arena, there is no greater voice of authority.

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