NEWS

Mood Of The Moment (New Alum Out Now)

June 25th, 2014

Jeff is excited that his solo piano CD Mood of the Moment has been released. You can purchase the CD or download it on iTunes, CDBaby, Spotify, Rhapsody, etc. Jeff recorded the CD at Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal and it was sponsored by Yamaha. There will be a release party at Le Poisson Rouge this coming fall.

Performance in Houston, TX

June 22nd, 2014

Jeff will be performing in Houston, TX Friday, July 11th at Cezanne and will be conducting workshops that weekend as well.

Big Sky Jazz Festival

June 15th, 2014

On August 16th and 17th Jeff will be performing with Anna Wilson's jazz group at the Big Sky Jazz Festival in Brozeman, Montana.

Performance at Tangled Vine

June 7th, 2014

Jeff is performing with his jazz trio at The Tangled Vine on Tuesday, July 15th, 29th, August 5th, 12th and 26th in NYC.

Keeping Busy And Upcoming Releases

June 2nd, 2014

Jeff is excited to be producing and writing with Peppina from Finland this summer. Graziella's CD (Columbia/Germany) will be released this fall and Jeff co-wrote 5 songs on her record. Kevin Ahart's CD Let's Take The World was recently released and Jeff co-wrote 5 songs. He is honored to be working with such great talent!

Performance at Cezanne in Houston

March 2nd, 2014

Jeff will be performing in Houston at Cezanne on Saturday, March 15th with his jazz quartet and will be performing with Denise Rose at The Houston Piano Company from 3:30-4:30. Jeff will be conducting songwriting and performance workshops as well.

Solo CD and DVD Supported By Yamaha

March 1st, 2014

Jeff's solo piano CD and DVD will be released this spring which was supported by Yamaha. It will feature Jeff's improvisations as well as standards and original songs.

Work on Carroll Matthews Upcoming CD

March 1st, 2014

He just co-produced and co-wrote all of the songs for Carroll Matthews upcoming CD. He also performed with Columbia Records artist Graziella in NYC and co-wrote most of her songs for her upcoming release this summer. Kevin Ahart (Sinatra vibe) will be releasing his jazz CD this summer in London and Jeff co-wrote most of the songs.

Three Years at Tangled Vine!!

February 26th, 2014

Jeff just celebrated his 3rd year performing at The Tangled Vine with his jazz trio and they will be featured there on Tuesday March 4th. The club is located on the SW corner of 81st and Amsterdam.

Napa Wine Auction with Monty Powell and Anna Wilson

February 16th, 2014

Jeff will be performing at the Napa Wine Auction from June 5th-7th performing with Monty Powell and Anna Wilson.

Solo Piano at Charman Theatre - Front Row

December 16th, 2013

I wanted to remind you of my upcoming solo piano concert next Monday at Charman Theatre at Theatre Row.

(CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION)

I'm looking forward to performing improvisation as well as some standards and original songs.

I just completed my solo piano CD/DVD and hope to have copies in early February.

Happy Holidays!!

FrontRow NPR

October 16th, 2013

Jeff recently was featured on Houston's FrontRow NPR and you can Check out the link on the Oct 1 entry below.

San Francisco with Anna Wilson and Monty Powell

October 16th, 2013

Jeff will be performing in San Francisco on November 8th at The St. Francis Hotel for a Tiffany's event with Anna Wilson and Monty Powell.

Tangled Vine (UWS) Performances

October 15th, 2013

On October 29th and November 5th Jeff will be performing with his trio at The Tangled Vine from 8-11PM. The wine bar is located on the SW corner of Amsterdam.

Performance With Sariah at The Cutting Room

October 10th, 2013

Jeff will be performing with Sariah on November 19th at The Cutting Room at 10PM. He is also excited about her upcoming Christmas CD. Dave Eggar is featured on Jeff's arrangements and he co-wrote two Chirstmas songs.

Nel Buio Dentro Me

October 7th, 2013

Jeff's song "Nel Buio Dentro Me" which he co-wrote with Lindy Robbins and Marco Maringelli will be recorded by HongKong's best selling artist Jacky Cheung.

Writing For Graziella (Columbia Records)

October 1st, 2013

He is also excited that Graziella from Hamburg, Germany was recently signed to Columbia Records and Jeff has co-written most of the songs.

NPR Radio Performance/Interview

October 1st, 2013

Here is a link to my NPR radio performance/interview in Houston last weekend. I enjoyed it and am glad to be featured on their home page. Enjoy!

Recording at The Oscar Peterson Hall

August 8th, 2013

Jeff recently was up in Montreal recording his CD and DVD at The Oscar Peterson Hall and is planning on releasing it this coming fall. Yamaha is sponsoring the project and he very excited to have performed on their Yamaha CFX Piano.

Performing With Joe Taylor and Artoro Sandavol

August 7th, 2013

Jeff will be performing at the Bethesda Blues Festival in Bethesda, Maryland on September 28th with Joe Taylor and Artoro Sandavol.

Performance at Cezanne on October 1st

August 2nd, 2013

Jeff will be back in Houston at Cezanne on October 4th and will be conducting songwriting and performance workshops.

Performing With Sariah at The Hard Rock Cafe

August 2nd, 2013

On October 25th Jeff will be performing with Sariah at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. He currently arranged 8 songs including two originals and performed on her upcoming Christmas EP.

Writing for Anna Wilson

August 1st, 2013

Jeff was in Nashville last June to record Anna Wilson's upcoming CD and co-wrote two of her songs

Tangled Vine - Going Strong

August 1st, 2013

Jeff is still featured at The Tangled Vine in NYC at 81st and Amsterdam with his jazz trio and will be performing there August 13th, September 10th and 24th.

Jeff And Sariah at The Hard Rock Cafe

April 23rd, 2013

Jeff and Sariah will be at The Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods on Friday, June 28th.

Solo Performance at Cafe Vivaldi

April 23rd, 2013

Jeff will be performing solo piano at Cafe Vivaldi in NYC on Saturday, May 11th from 7:30-8:30. It's a wonderful intimate club in the west village.

Solo Performance at La Colombe d'Or

April 21st, 2013

Jeff is looking forward to performing a solo piano concert on Friday, May 17th at La Colombe d'Or in Houston TX. For reservations call:713-942-1073. The concert will include a choice of dinner or cocktails.

Performing with Billy Dean, Anna Wilson and Monty Powell

January 17th, 2013

The Napa Valley Wine Auction will take place on Saturday, June 1st and Jeff will be performing with Billy Dean, Anna Wilson and Monty Powell.

One Year Anniversary at Tangled Vine!

April 17th, 2013

Jeff celebrated his 1 year anniversary in early March performing with his jazz trio at The Tangled Vine. It is located on the SW corner of 81st and Amsterdam. He performs there every Tuesday from 8-11PM.

Some International News

April 15th, 2013

Jeff's song "Conclusions" was used in a TV ad for the football team Juventus. It is from his recent solo piano CD from FirstCom music library. Jeff's song Not Gonna Say Goodbye is his 6th single in South Africa in the last two years and is climbing up the charts. It will also be featured in the new feature film called Red Wing. Elva Hsiao will be recording one of Jeff's songs in HongKong.

Solo Piano CD on a CFX Yamaha Piano

April 9th, 2013

Jeff is excited to be recording a solo piano CD this June in Montreal on a CFX Yamaha piano at Oscar Peterson Hall. Jeff is now a Yamaha artist.

Wake Up Dreaming

January 17th, 2013

Jeff's song Wake Up Dreaming by Mark Haze just peaked at #1 on the South Africa top 40 chart. His song Not Gonna Say Goodbye will be released as a single in February by Elvis Blue in South Africa.

Solo Piano CD For FirstCom Music

January 18th, 2013

Jeff just completed a solo piano CD for FirstCom Music Music which will be released this coming February.

Songwriting Master Class At CalArts

January 18th, 2013

Jeff is headed out to LA to conduct a songwriting master class at CalArts. He will be writing with Ty Lacy, Pam Sheyne, Richard Harris and Melanie Fontana.

Naples, Florida With Monty Powell

January 18th, 2013

Jeff performs in Naples, Florida on the weekend of January 27th with Monty Powell and Anna Wilson for a fund raising concert.

Houston, TX Concert at Cezanne

January 20th, 2013

Houston, TX has become another base for Jeff and he will be performing at Cezanne on Saturday, February 9th with his jazz quartet. He will also be conducting songwriting and performance workshops that weekend.

The Tangled Vine Goes On!

January 20th, 2013

The Tangled Vine has become Jeff's home base in NYC and he is going on his 2nd year with his jazz trio. Jeff is performing every Tuesday evening at 8-11 and the club is located at the SW corner of 81st and Amsterdam.

UMPG Songwriter Spotlight: Jeff Franzel

September 20th, 2012

UMPG songwriter and composer, Jeff Franzel, has been experiencing great international success. He recently celebrated two No. 1 singles in South Africa with "Lighthouse" and “Save Me” by Pop Idol artist Elvis Blue, who recently won the award for Best Adult Contemporary CD at the South African Music Awards. Jeff and Elvis also claimed the most performed radio song of the year in South Africa, with Jeff’s smash hit “Lifeline.” He is currently working on Elvis Blue’s next two singles for his latest album, which he plans to release internationally. Another Pop Idol alum and 2012 finalist, Mark Haze, recently recorded Jeff's song “Wake Up Dreaming,” which is set to be released this month, and the song titled "Strong," which Jeff co-wrote, was recently performed by the world-renowned Greek tenor, Mario Frangoulis.

Jeff’s success continues in Asia, topping the chart yet again with the No. 1 single in Hong Kong, G.E.M.’s "Someday I'll Fly." Up next, two of Jeff’s songs are set to be recorded by one of Hong Kong's top-selling artists, Jacky Cheung, for his upcoming album. One of the songs shares a co-writing credit with Lindy Robbins. Jeff has also been working with revered Turkish Muslim philosopher Fethullah Gülen and representing the U.S. by adapting one of his poems into a song. The song, "Dreams," which Jeff produced and co-wrote with Ryan Shaw, will be featured on the album, September 12th - The Day After. Up next, Misia, one of Japan’s biggest selling artists, will be recording Jeff’s Christmas song "I Found Love," which will be released for the holidays.

The artistic accomplishments of Jeff Franzel don’t stop there, as he recently secured a debut in the Top 10 on iTunes with "Change," a single from artist Alex York, which Jeff co-wrote with Alex. Further credits and collaborations include his song "Save Me," which was recently recorded by The Osmonds for their album set to be released this September; and Kevin Ahart's upcoming album on which Jeff co-wrote five songs and arranged two covers for the Phil Ramone sessions. With new representation from Yamaha, a recent performance at the Snowbasin Jazz Festival with his jazz quintet, and a recorded DVD set for release, Jeff Franzel’s success shows no sign of slowing down.

Upcoming Solo Piano Concert

September 18th, 2012

Jeff will be performing a solo piano concert on Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00pm at the Faust Harrison Piano showroom on White Plains, NY. 214 N Central Ave, White Plains, NY- 914-288-4000. www.faustharrisonpianos.com. He will be featuring new compositions, improvisations, and standards.

Jeff will also be performing in Houston, TX on Saturday, October 20th and 9:00PM with his jazz quartet. Cezanne is located at 4100 Montrose Boulevard. He will also be conducting songwriter and performance workshops.

Kevin Ahart And Phil Ramone

May 20th, 2012

Jeff was recently in London recording piano and organ for Kevin Ahart's upcoming CD. He co-wrote 5 songs for the album and arranged two covers for the Phil Ramone sessions. Stay tuned for upcoming performances.

Tangled Vine Tuesdays

May 20th, 2012

The Jeff Franzel Trio is performing every Tuesday at The Tangled Vine which is located at 434 Amsterdam (81st and Amsterdam) from 7-10. Jeff has been performing there since March.

Snowbasin Jazz Festival Performance

May 18th, 2012

On July 19th Jeff will be performing at the Snowbasin Jazz Festival outside of Park City. He will be recording a live DVD with The Countrypolitan Duets project as well as his Jazz Quintet. He will also be performing with Sean Simith.

Elvis Blue Wins!

May 14th, 2012

Elvis Blue's CD won best adult contemporary CD in their Sama awards (South Africa) and "Save Me" and "Lighthouse" both were top 5 radio singles. Elvis is in the studio now recording 4 of Jeff's songs.

Mark Haze

May 14th, 2012

Mark Haze who recently was a finalist for the 2012 pop idol awards recorded Jeff's song Wake Up Dreaming.

#1 On Hong Kong Radio Charts

May 14th, 2012

Jeff's song "Someday I'll Fly" reached #1 on the Hong Kong radio charts last month. The artist is G.E.M. and her CD will be released in June.

Taken By Surprise Release Party

February 13th, 2012

Jeff will be celebrating his CD release party at The Metropolitan Room on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30PM. The address is 34 W 22nd St. between 5th and 6th Ave. He will be featuring his original songs from Taken By Surprise.

The musicians in Jeff’s quintet are: Chip Jackson- bass, Marty Bound- trumpet, Chuck Wilson. Alto sax and Andy Pastorino. You can make reservations by calling: 212- 206-0440.

Taken By Surprise can be purchased on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon and Rhapsody.

Master Class at CalArts

February 11th, 2012

Jeff recently taught a master Class at CalArts on songwriting and wrote with Mike Miller and Kevin Ahart in Austin, TX. Kevin and Jeff have been co-writing many songs for his upcoming CD.

Elvis Blue Nominated For Best Song - MK Awards

February 11th, 2012

Jeff just got back from a successful writing trip to LA writing for Elvis Blue’s upoming CD. Jeff’s song Lighthouse, which was recorded by Elvis Blue in South Africa is nominated for best song for the MK awards. It is South Africa’s MTV awards.

Upcoming Releases

February 8th, 2012

Jeff’s song Save Me recently was recorded by The Osmonds. Some of his other upcoming releases are Caroline Rhett, Vojtas (Czech Republic), Cathi Ogden, Everyday Child Foundation CD which includes Shawn Colvin’s version of When You Know, and Elvis Bliue.

Taken By Surprise

October 18th, 2011

Jeff's CD Taken By Surprise will be released in early November. It features his jazz quintet as well as his original compositions. Stay tuned where the CD can be purchased.

Save Me At #3

October 18th, 2011

Jeff's song Save Me went to #3 radio in South Africa this month with Elvis Blue. He will be writing with Elvis for his upcoming CD project.

The Countrypolitan Duets Project In Bullhead, AZ

October 20th, 2011

Jeff will be performing with The Countrypolitan Duets project in Bullhead, AZ. on November 17th and Rancho Santa Fe on Nov. 18th at The Fellowship Hall at Village Church. He will be performing in Napa at The Silos Jazz club on December 2nd as well as The Silver Oaks Winery on December 3rd.

Jazz Quartet at Cezanne

October 20th, 2011

Jeff's jazz quartet will be performing in Houston at Cezanne on December 9th and at Ovations with Jane Vandiver on December 11th. He will also be conducting songwriter workshops as well.

Jeff In London

June 7th, 2011

Jeff is in London from June 4th-10th and will be performing at The Piazza Express jazz club this Sunday from 7:15-8:00 playing solo piano and accompaning Kevin Ahart. He will also be recording at Air Studios with Kevin for an Acura/Panasonic commercial which will be produced by Elliott Sheiner on June 8th and 9th. Jeff will be recording 3 of his original compositions with Kevin and a jazz quintet.

The Grand Ole Opry with Anna Wilson

June 3rd, 2011

On June 11th Jeff will be performing at The Grand Ole Opry with Anna Wilson and The Countrypolitan Duets project.

Elvis Blue - Save Me

June 1st, 2011

Jeff's song Save Me is Elvis Blue's new single which will be released this month. Jeff's song Lighthouse was #1 on the top 40 airplay charts.

Joe's Pub Gig

April 21st, 2011

Jeff will be appearing at Joe's Pub on Wednesday April 27th at 7:00 with Anna Wilson singing songs from her Countrypolitan Duets CD. It was released on April 5th and was top 5 on Amazon and Itunes jazz charts.

Lighthouse - #1

April 22nd, 2011

My song Lighthouse which was recorded by Elvis Blue in South Africa is #1 this week in airplay.

Joe's Pub Gig

April 21st, 2011

Jeff will be appearing at Joe's Pub on Wednesday April 27th at 7:00 with Anna Wilson singing songs from her Countrypolitan Duets CD. It was released on April 5th and was top 5 on Amazon and Itunes jazz charts.

Lighthouse - #1

April 22nd, 2011

My song Lighthouse which was recorded by Elvis Blue in South Africa is #1 this week in airplay.

Joe's Pub Gig

April 21st, 2011

Jeff will be appearing at Joe's Pub on Wednesday April 27th at 7:00 with Anna Wilson singing songs from her Countrypolitan Duets CD. It was released on April 5th and was top 5 on Amazon and Itunes jazz charts.

Performance With Kevin Ahart

April 18th, 2011

Jeff will be performing with Kevin Ahart on Monday May 2nd and 9th at the Metropolitan Room at 9:30. The club is located at 34 W22nd st. between 5th and 6th Ave. Kevin has a smooth sound like Bing and will be recording Jeff's song as a duet with Jane Monheit for his upcoming CD.

GoodDay New York And Countrypolitan

March 28th, 2011

Jeff will be appearing on GoodDay NY this coming Tuesday April 5th at 10:00 AM performing a song with Anna Wilson and Matt Dusk from The Countrypolitan project.

The CD is being released on April 5th and Jeff arranged country standards in a jazz style. Anna Wilson sang a number of duets featuring Keith Urban, The Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Larry Carlton and Ray Price. Jeff will also be performing at Joe's Pub on April 27th with Anna Wilson who will be opening for Canadian artist Matt Dusk. He will also be featured with Anna Wilson and Monty Powell on the same day for a CBS radio performance.

Lighthouse By Elvis Blue - #8

March 31st, 2011

Jeff's song Lighthouse is #8 this week on the South African charts by artist Elvis Blue.

Gig at Cezanne - Houston

April 1st, 2011

On May 20th Jeff will be back performing at Cezanne in Houston with his quartet and on May 20th he will be at Ovations with Jane Vandiver.

Work With Kevin Ahart

April 1st, 2011

Jeff co-produced a song for Kevin Ahart in Austin last week and wrote a couple of songs for his CD project.

Jeff Enjoys A Varied Career - Houston Chronicle

February 19th, 2011

Check out Jeff's write-up in the Houston Chronicle HERE.

Jeff At The Metropolitan Room

February 19th, 2011

Jeff will be appearing at The Metropolitan Room on Saturday, February 26th at 9:30 with Allissa Crea. He will be performing with Chip Jackson on bass and Rick Cutler on drums. The club is located at: 34 W 22nd between 5th and 6th Ave. There is a $20 cover and reservations are strongly advised. Allissa will be performing some of my compositions as well as standards.

Performance With Jane Vandiver at Ovation

February 16th, 2011

Jeff will be performing in Houston, TX. on Friday, March 25th with Jane Vandiver at Ovations at 8:15. On Wednesday evening at 7:00 I will be conducting a songwriters class and you can email me at: jfranzel54@gmail.com for more info. On Saturday March 26th jeff and Jane will be conducting a performance improvisation class from 1-4 at ovations. You can contact Jane to sign up at: 713-528-5330 or email her at: jvsing@me.com

Recording An Album

February 8th, 2011

Jeff just recorded a CD with his quintet at Bennett studios and hopefully will be released this spring.

Jeff At The APAP

February 15th, 2011

Jeff will be appearing at the APAP (showcase for The Performing Art Centers) this coming weekend in NYC at the Hilton Hotel on January 8th and 9th with Anna Wilson and the Countrypolitan project.

Master Class at CalArts

January 2nd, 2011

Jeff will be be conducting a songwriters master class at CalArts on January 20th, 21st, 24th and 25th in Los Angeles.

Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley

December 4th, 2010

Jeff will be performing at The Meadowood resort in Napa Valley on December 4th with Monty Powell and Anna Wilson.

Allissa Crea and The Metropolitan Room

December 2nd, 2010

Jeff will be playing with Allissa Crea at The Metropolitan Room with Chip Jackson and Andy Pastorino on December 10th at 9:30PM and December 12th at 7:00PM. The address is: 34W 22nd between 5th and 6th. Tel: 212-206-0440. They will be performing standards and some of Jeff's original songs.

Beacon High School at The Bitter End

December 1st, 2010

Jeff will be working with the Beacon High School songwriters at The Bitter End on December 15th at 6:30. He has been mentoring the students for the past 5 years and has been a very rewarding experience.

Cezane's Jazz Club in January

November 28th, 2010

Jeff will be performing in Houston at Cezane's Jazz club on January 14th with a jazz trio and Ovation with Jane Vandiver.

Jeff Franzel and Sean Smith at the 5C Cafe

September 15th, 2010

Jeff Franzel will be performing with Sean Smith at the 5C on September 18th. The band will be featuring Chris Infusino on drums and will be performing songs from Sean's upcoming CD. The CD includes Randy Brecker, Chuck Loeb and Gerald Albright.

The club is located at: 68 Ave. C (E 5th and Ave. C) $10 cover. Show starts at 8pm.

Grand Ole Opry Show

September 14th, 2010

Jeff will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry on November 16th and will featuring Anna Wilson. She will be performing duets with Larry Carlton, Matt Giraud, Connie Smith and Billy Dean. Jeff is the musical director for the project which also features Keith Urban, The Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, and Kenny Rogers. He helped arrange country standards in a jazz style.

Opening For Livingston Taylor

August 31st, 2010

Jeff Franzel will be opening for Livingston Taylor on September 6th at the Shalin-liu performance center in Rockport, MA, accompanying Ayla Brown. He will also be featured with the Jake Pardee trio. Ayla will be singing Jeff's song My Favorite Part which will be her first single to be released this fall.

5C With Sean Smith

August 30th, 2010

Jeff will be appearing at The 5C Cafe this September 18th with bass player Sean Smith at 8:00pm. The club is located at: 68 Ave. C and E 5th street.

Back at The 5C Cafe

April 9th, 2010

The Jeff Franzel Quintet will be appearing on Friday, April 16th and 30th, at the 5C Cafe from 8-12. It is located at: 68 Ave. C and E. 5th st. It is a very intimate club and you can check out their website for more details. There is a $10 cover for this event.

Chip Jackson- bass
Bobby Routch- flugal horn
Duoe Yates - alto sax
Andy Pastorino- drums

I will also be appearing at The 5C Cafe on Friday May 8th with my jazz quintet.

Jeff Franzel- solo piano/ featuring The Jeff Franzel Quintet

February 20th, 2010

Steinway Hall 109 W57th between 6th and 7th Wednesday March 3rd 7PM (free)

Chip Jackson- bass
Bobby Routch- flugal horn
Duoe Yates - alto sax
Andy Pastorino- drums

I will also be appearing at the 5C Cafe on Friday March 5th at 10PM with my jazz quintet 68 Ave. C ( E. 5th and Ave. C)

Jeff Franzel Quintet live at 5C Cafe

February 1st, 2010

The Jeff Franzel Quintet will be appearing on Friday, February 12th at the 5C Cafe from 8-12. It is located at: 68 Ave. C and E. 5th st. Itis a very intimate club and you can check out their website for more details.

Jeff will also be appearing at Steinway Hall on March 3rd at 7:00. He will be playing solo piano as well as featuring the jazz quintet. Steinway Hall is located at: 109 W57th st. between 6th and 5th Ave.

New Website

January 20th, 2010

Welcome to the official website of Universal Publishing artist Jeff Franzel. Here you will find news, music, and more about Jeff and his projects. Have fun, look around and keep checking back for more updates.