FACEBOOK LIVE SESSIONS
Every Thursday at 5:00pm EST
Jeff is excited to be performing solo piano Facebook Live Videos every Thursday at 5:00pm EST. Each week Jeff asks for theme requests to improvise to which you can click this link to suggest a theme: bit.ly/submityourtheme
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:
METROPOLITAN ZOOM CONCERT
On Friday, September 11th 6:30 - 8:00pm
Tune in for this exciting live performance, as part of Metropolitan Zoom series. Jeff will perform from his NYC apartment on his beautiful Steinway piano.
SINGLE AND ALBUM RELEASES
From "Hurt By Paradise" Soundtrack
Jeff's single An Old Fashioned Mystery from the soundtrack of the film "Hurt by Paradise" was released on May 16th, and the album release is scheduled for June 26th, 2020.. Jeff and Dalal Bruchmann composed the score. Hurt By Paradise will be released this summer.
RHYS LEWIS ALBUM
To Be Released on July 10th
Two of Jeff's songs Be Your Man — a successful single by Rhys Lewis with over 50 Million Streams— along with another collaboration, Under The Sun are featured on Rhys's album Things I Chose To Remember.
UPCOMING SUMMER SINGLE
From Dennis van Aarssen
Dennis van Aarssen who won The Holland Voice will release our song Meet Me In Miami August 14th, 2020. Dennis will release his album in October with 6 other Franzel / Christensen / Van Aarssen co-writes followed by a tour of 40 performances throughout Holland.
Nominations and Awards
Jeff and Dalal Bruchmann scored the upcoming film The Rehearsal, which received an Emmy for best actor in a digital series. Their score received a nomination for Best Score for the Indie Series Awards to be held in Los Angeles in September.
Never Saw Blue Like That — Shawn Colvin, in the Julia Roberts film Runaway Bride, and Dawson's Creek
La Tua Semplicità on Amore Infinito — Placido Domingo and Josh Groban, featuring lyrics by Pope John II
Under the Sun - Rhys Lewis from his album Things I Chose To Remember which I co-wrote with Rhys.
Meet Me In Miami -Dennis van Aarssen- Holland's The Voice winner next single- August 14th, 2020.
Can't Feel the Rain - Jordan Grace-Producer-Luca Schreiner - Co-written by Rhys Lewis. Release this coming fall on Ultra Records
Hurt By Paradise Film - An Old Fashioned Mystery which I scored along with Dalal Bruchmann.
Walk to the Beat of my Heart — The Jamaican band Persons of Interest will release this song in the Fall
When You Know - Shawn Colvin -Serendipity Film co-written by Tom Kimmel.
Wishing on a... recorded and released by Mai Kuraki in Japan.
I Could Hardly Ask For More — Jeff Franzel, performing a solo piano composition on the album "When You Know"
RELEASES: JEFF'S LATEST SOLO ALBUM
When You Know," Jeff's solo project, was recorded in Montreal at Oscar Peterson Hall on a Yamaha CFX. The album is available on all major music sites including Apple Music, Amazon, CD Baby, and more. You can also listen by clicking the Spotify link above.
TEACHING: MASTER CLASSES & LESSONS
Jeff teaches piano and songwriting privately, both in person and via Skype throughout the world.
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 ones 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]
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RON FONTENOT
Be Your Man — Rhys Lewis, hit single by UK artist