Joey DeFrancesco, revered as king of jazz on Hammond organ, dead at 51

Joey DeFrancesco, a driving force behind bringing the Hammond organ back into jazz music, died Thursday, his wife said on social media. He was 51

Gloria DeFrancesco posted news of his death on Friday but did not say when he died and did not give a cause of death

The love of my life is now in peace with the angels,” she wrote. “Right now I have very few words

Born in Springfield, Pennsylvania, on April 10, 1971, Joey DeFrancesco lived in Arizona for many years

The tour led to DeFrancesco playing keyboards for Davis on his 1989 release

He also opened for Bobby McFerrin and Grover Washington Jr., the Times reported