Jeff is excited about the Billy Joel Country tribute release this fall. He arranged and played piano/organ on Billy's songs featuring Gavin Degraw, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Lyle Lovett, David Nail and Eric Paslay.
Jeff accompanied Lady Gaga this past winter in preparing her for her Oscar debut of The Sound of Music medley.
Jeff will be in London the first week of June writing with Hayley Westenra for her upcoming CD. He will be working with producers at Tile Yard Studios.
Jeff's song "Shine" recorded by Elvis Blue in South Africa peaked at #2 this week.
Jeff co-wrote La Vie Change with Graziella and it was released the first week of May as a single in Germany. Graziella is on Sony Records and Jeff has 4 songs on her CD.
Jeff's song Find My Way Home will be featured in the upcoming film Candles as the theme song. Sony artist Jackie Evancho will be recording the song.
Jeff is excited to be joining Anna Wilson this summer for the Deer Valley Jazz Festival on July 30th. Anna be opening for Esperanza Spalding.
Jeff's song Blue Isn't Blue Anymore has been picked as the theme song for the Arthrits Foundation. He co-wrote it with Kristine Mills and she is the featured artist.
Jeff is excited to be performing solo piano at Joe's Pub on Thursday, February 12th at 7pm. The concert is sponsored by Yamaha and Jeff will be performing improvisations as well as pop and jazz standards.
Jeff is excited to be working on the Billy Joel Country tribute CD with Monty Powell and Anna Wilson. He is the pianist/organist arranger for such artists as Gavin Degraw, Lyle Lovett, David Nail, Emmylou Harris and Eric Paslay. The album will be released in June.
Jeff will be conducting a songwriting masterclass at CalArts from January 20th-23rd in LA.
Jeff will be at Cezanne in Houston on Saturday, February 21st with his Jazz Quartet and he will be conducting songwriting and performance workshops throughout the weekend
Jeff is currently performing at Barley and Grain (NE corner of 80th and Amsterdam) on Wednesdays with Askold Buk-guitar and Susan Didrichsen-vocals from 8-11pm.
Jeff's jazz trio featuring Corin Stigal-bass and Chuck Wilson is performing at The Tangled Vine (SW corner of 81st and Amsterdam) on Tuesday, Jan. 6th and 27th. from 8-11pm
Jeff is excited about Anna Wilson's new CD Jazzbird which entered the top 10 jazz chart on iTunes this week. He played piano and co-wrote two songs - Inconsolably Blue and On a Summer's Day.
Jeff is arranging and playing piano on a Billy Joel country tribute project featuring country artists singing Billy's hits. Lyle Lovett, Lady A. and David Nail are some of the featured artists. Monty Powell and Anna Wilson are producing the project.
Jeff recently got back from hosting a songwriters camp in Innsbruck for a week and wrote two songs with Hayley Westenra and Paul Carter in London.
Jeff just finished writing and producing 5 songs with Peppina who is a 19 year old artist from Finland.
Jeff has 4 songs on Graziella's (Sony Germany) and his song La vie change is slated for the 2nd song next April.
Jeff will be conducting songwriting master classes at CalArts on November 10th and 11th.
He then travels to Houston to perform at Cezanne with his jazz quartet on Saturday, November 15th. He will be conducting performance and songwriting workshops that weekend.
Jeff is excited to be performing with Nick Ziobro for the Gaudium awards honoring Jonathan Schwartz on November 17th.
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.
Jeff will be performing in Houston, TX Friday, July 11th at Cezanne and will be conducting workshops that weekend as well.
On August 16th and 17th Jeff will be performing with Anna Wilson's jazz group at the Big Sky Jazz Festival in Brozeman, Montana.
Jeff is performing with his jazz trio at The Tangled Vine on Tuesday, July 15th, 29th, August 5th, 12th and 26th in NYC.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff will be performing at the Napa Wine Auction from June 5th-7th performing with Monty Powell and Anna Wilson.
I wanted to remind you of my upcoming solo piano concert next Monday at Charman Theatre at Theatre Row.
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!!
Jeff recently was featured on Houston's FrontRow NPR and you can Check out the link on the Oct 1 entry below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He is also excited that Graziella from Hamburg, Germany was recently signed to Columbia Records and Jeff has co-written most of the songs.
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!
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.
Jeff will be performing at the Bethesda Blues Festival in Bethesda, Maryland on September 28th with Joe Taylor and Artoro Sandavol.
Jeff will be back in Houston at Cezanne on October 4th and will be conducting songwriting and performance workshops.
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.
Jeff was in Nashville last June to record Anna Wilson's upcoming CD and co-wrote two of her songs
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 will be at The Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods on Friday, June 28th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff just completed a solo piano CD for FirstCom Music Music which will be released this coming February.
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.
Jeff performs in Naples, Florida on the weekend of January 27th with Monty Powell and Anna Wilson for a fund raising concert.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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 who recently was a finalist for the 2012 pop idol awards recorded Jeff's song Wake Up Dreaming.
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.
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.
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.
The club is located at: 68 Ave. C (E 5th and Ave. C) $10 cover. Show starts at 8pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.