FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM LIVE SESSIONS
Every Thursday at 5:00pm EST
Jeff is excited to be performing solo piano live Facebook and Instagram! Jeff prepares new material each week ranging from The Theme to Cinema Paradiso to Elton John to Billy Eilish's Bad Guy to Miles Davis. Here's the link to Jeff's page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.franzel
NEW RELEASES & UPCOMING EVENTS
DENNIS VAN AARSEN
Jeff will be music directing Dennis van Aarsen’s Christmas concert with an 8-piece band performing his original compositions co-written with Dennis and Maria Christensen.
"LOVE LIGHT ME UP" — SINGLE with ASHLEY PAUL
I'm excited to have co-written "Love Light Me Up" with Alex Forbes ("Don't Rush Me"), Ashley Paul and Gemini Muziq, with 9 different remixes available. Stay tuned for Love Light Me Up being released in Germany after it recently peaked at #4 on the Swiss Dance Charts.”
NEW Piano Winter Holidays Album
Jeff’s Piano Winter Holidays Album in Universal Production Music was released last month compiling of 8 traditional Christmas Lullabies as well well as 10 original lullabies.
DUET ALBUM WITH DENNIS VAN AARSEN COMING IN EARLY 2024
Stay tuned for the release of Jeff Franzel/Dennis van Aarssen duet album featuring 9 originals songs co-written with Dennis and Maria Christensen.
The album release performance is scheduled for March 12th, 2024 in Amsterdam.
Jeff Franzel is a multi-talented songwriter and composer with over 35 years’ experience in the music business. He began his career as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups, including big band legend Les Brown and The Hues Corporation (Rock The Boat). During that time he accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Tormé.
Jeff has been a Yamaha artist since 2011, and has recorded 3 solo piano albums and Taken By Surprise with his jazz quintet. His current project with Music OK is featuring Jeff’s rendition of well known Movie Themes which he recorded in Montreal as well. Videos are featured on YouTube and all of the portal sites.
Jeff's first ever recorded song was Taylor Dayne's "Don't Rush Me" which was a #2 pop hit. Jeff had a top 10 AC hit "You've Got A Way" with Kathy Troccoli and a #1 Contemporary Christian Dove Nominee "Love Was Never Meant To Die". Jeff had hits with The Temptations, Phyllis Hyman, Louise, NSYNC (2 songs), Shawn Colvin (2 songs), Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Pope John Paul II and Rhys Lewis. Jeff has had over 20 top 10 singles and 275 recordings worldwide.
A number of Jeff's songs have been featured in Runaway Bride, Serendipity, Deja Vu, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Saturday Night Live, Dawson's Creek and Touched by an Angel.
Currently Jeff has his songs recorded by Rhys Lewis and Dennis van Aarssen, and recently scored Hurt By Paradise and The Rehearsal. Jeff’s song Be Your Man featuring Rhys Lewis has over 50 million streams. Jeff has been working with Able Faces from Glasgow and has had 3 single releases including an upcoming song that was co-written with Gian Stone. Jeff also has six songs on Dennis van Aarssen's upcoming release this month. Dennis’s previous release featuring three of Jeff’s songs, Forever, went gold in Holland.
Jeff has been mentoring songwriters for The Songwriting Academy UK for the last 5 years and has annually been mentoring TSA Songwriting Retreat held in Malaga, Spain since 2017.
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TEACHING & MASTER CLASSES
SONGWRITING & PIANO
Jeff teaches piano and songwriting privately, both in person and via videoconference throughout the world. He has been teaching for 6 years for The Songwriting Academy UK.
He says, "I've been conducting songwriter workshops in Houston, TX for 7 years, and holding master classes at my alumni CalArts for the last 6 years.
My focus is developing one's individual voice through learning the craft of songwriting. When teaching piano I help the student to develop chord structure and scales, as well as the basic tools of learning how to improvise piano. I look at music as a language and the more knowledge one has the more they can express themselves. [read more]
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