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Jazz Birthdays: Papa and Turre | September 12, 2012

Papa John DeFrancesco  1940

The “Dean of the B-3” in  greater Philadelphia before 1980, he put his career aside to focus on launching his son, Joey DeFrancesco.  After Joey was well-established, Papa went back to performing and recording.

Papa John DeFrancesco

Steve Turre  1948

Raised in the SF Bay area, trombonist Steve Turre got his start with the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, toured with Ray Charles, joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and has been a member of the Saturday Night Live band since 1984.  He’s also an engaging and enthusiastic educator.  His relatives told him that his Mexican ancestors once played seashells in the same way Rahsaan Roland Kirk had done, so Steve incorporated “sanctified shells” into his musical repertoire.

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