Jeff is a Yamaha artist and and has had an extensive career in performing. He started playing piano at age 8 and studied jazz piano with John Mehegan in his early teens. After moving to Houston in 1970 Jeff performed with jazz and pop groups and started working professionally at age 16. He graduated Cal Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree and his first job in LA was touring the far east with The Hues Corporation, (Rock The Boat).

Jeff then became Les Brown’s pianist for 3 years and accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé and Sammy Davis Jr. Jeff has been studying with Phil Cohen for over 35 years and he has produced his last 2 solo piano CD’s in Montreal, Canada at Oscar Peterson Hall. 


He performs extensively in the NYC area with his jazz trio as well accompanying singers. He has been performing solo piano at Joe’s Pub for the last 5 years. He frequently performs solo piano in Houston at Yamaha concert hall, as well as in Southern California.


Jeff also recently arranged and played piano on a Billy Joel country tribute record with artists such as Lyle Lovett, Lady A and Emmylou Harris singing Billy’s hit songs.

© 2018 by Jeff Franzel