Joey DeFrancesco, the exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist who was known for his remarkable skills and approach to the Hammond B3 organ, has died. He was 51.

DeFrancesco’s wife, Gloria, confirmed the news on Facebook: “The love of my life is now in peace with the angels. Right now I have very few words. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support coming in from everywhere. Joey loved you all.”

DeFrancesco’s music embraced the jazz tradition while treating it with a respectfully modern approach. Performing not only as an organist but also as a trumpeter, saxophonist and singer, he had a fiery, swinging Philadelphia sound that was unmistakably his own.

DeFrancesco released more than 30 albums as a leader and also recorded extensively as a sideman with jazz icons including Miles Davis, Houston Person and John McLaughlin.