b. 24 May 1952, London, England. A multi-instrumentalist specializing in the trumpet, Defries stayed for just two terms of his course at Leeds College of Music, gaining experience in the Surrey County Youth Orchestra instead. During his twenties he played in Don Weller’s Major Surgery, Julian Bahula’s Jabula, and Dudu Pukwana’s Zila. In the early 80s, as well as playing with Chris MacGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath, he co-led Sunwind with guitarist Mark Wood, which won the 1982 Greater London Arts Council Jazz Competition. He later worked with the Breakfast Band and Loose Tubes.
In the 90s Defries moved to Spain where, in the new millennium, he performs with his quartet comprising Santiago Reyes (guitar), Francisco Lopez (bass) and Valentin Iturat (drums).