Too cool to miss
The grandson of Dorsey Brothers' collaborator Joe DeFrancesco, Joey DeFrancesco's music runs the gamut from soul-jazz and bluesy grooves to hard bop. He began performing on the Hammond B-organ in clubs by the time he was 6, performing paying gigs on weekends as a teen with artists like Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes. He toured with Miles Davis straight out of high school and released his first solo album, "All of Me," a little before his 19th birthday.
Just shy of his mid-30s, he remains one of the most versatile and innovative organists in the genre today.
Tuesday-Wednesday, March 24-25, 8 and 10 p.m. Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, $20-$25. 332-1010.
Oversaturation? I think not.
It seems like you can't turn on the TV these days without hearing Jet's music in the background of any number of commercials. The quartet plays greasy, sweaty, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll reminiscent of early Stones, AC/DC and the New York Dolls. Their music is a studied distillation of what made the '70s so great: vicious-vicious guitars, dirty-sounding amplifiers, vocals that sound ripped out of the lead singer's throat and a danceable beat. After just their first album, they landed a "Saturday Night Live" appearance. Who knows where the next decade could take them.
Oh yeah, The Vines (often credited -- along with The White Stripes, The Strokes and The Hives -- with making rock fun again) headline.
Sunday, March 28, 5 p.m. The Quest, 110 N. 5th St. $20. (651) 989-5151.