Franck Amsallem

The 2021 Itinerary

  • 27 Mars

    Lurs (04700) Franck Amsallem Quartet
    L'Osons Jazz Club

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  • 21 Juin

    Gif/Yvette (91) Paris-Stockholm Trio
    Le Canapé

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    28 Juin

    Paris Gotham Goodbye Quartet featuring Irving Acao
    Duc des Lombards 19h30

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The Short Story

Franck Amsallem is an acclaimed international jazz pianist, playing, recording, and composing for over 40 years. A multi-talented musician, Franck is also much in demand as a composer/arranger, singer, and educator.

Franck has recorded ten CDs under his name and a major collaboration, "New York Stories," with Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Danny Gatton on Blue Note USA. While living in New York City, Franck played as a sideman with Gerry Mulligan, Charles Lloyd, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Chambers, Maria Schneider, Kevin Mahogany and Harry Belafonte as well as Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Rick Margitza, Tim Ries, and Blood Sweat and Tears.

Franck is the recipient of major awards (NEA composition fellowship, Great American Jazz Piano Competition, ASCAP award, Fondation de la Vocation, FACE cultural exchange) in both the U.S. and France.

In 1992 Franck released "Out a Day", an award-winning trio cd with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, praised by many jazz magazines all over the world. This recording established him as an in-demand jazz pianist in NYC, as well as a composer to watch. He has since played many of the most important festivals throughout Europe, including Pori, Molde, Red Sea, North Sea, Paris, Nice, Vienne, and Antibes/Juan-les-Pins.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by the WDR Jazz Orchestra, the National Jazz Orchestra of France (O.N.J.), and The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His composition "Nuits" for string orchestra and jazz quartet has been performed many times with various soloists. Other commissions include "Place Du Temps" for chamber orchestra, "The Farewell" for the PRISM saxophone quartet and "Brooding" for solo piano (2013).

In 2009, Franck released "Amsallem Sings", showcasing his talents as a pianist-singer, featuring 12 songs from the Great American Songbook. "Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II" followed, a trio opus recorded in Paris. Franck was recently part of "At Barloyd", a 9 cds boxset showcasing nine of the best French jazz pianists.

Just released in Sep. 2019, "Gotham Goodbye", featuring his regular quartet, has already garnered superb reviews on the jazz&people label.

The Longer Story

En bref

Pianiste, compositeur et chanteur Franck Amsallem a enregistré 10 CDs sous son nom, passé vingt ans aux Etats Unis et accompagné Gerry Mulligan, Charles Lloyd, Joshua Redman, Kevin Mahogany, Maria Schneider et Harry Belafonte, ainsi que Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Rick Margitza, Tim Ries, et Blood Sweat and Tears.

En 1992 il remporte le 2e prix au Jacksonville Great American Jazz Piano Competition et publie son premier cd "Out a Day" avec Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart. Cet enregistrement très bien noté par la critique va l'établir comme l'un des pianistes qui compte à NYC, et comme un compositeur remarqué. Il s'est depuis produit sous son nom dans les plus grands festivals de jazz partout dans le monde.

Parallèlement il mène un carrière de compositeur pour big band, notamment avec le WDR, pour orchestre à cordes et orchestre de chambre, et pour divers solistes.

En 2002, Franck se réinstalle en France et enregistre "Summer Times", puis "A Week in Paris”.

Jazzman et Jazz Magazine saluent une nouvelle fois très chaudement ces opus. En parallèle, Franck joue régulièrement et enregistre avec des musiciens comme Tim Ries, Rick Margitza et Jerry Bergonzi, ainsi que les chanteuses Sara Lazarus, Elisabeth Kontomanou et Mélanie Dahan.

Ces dernières années, le Pérou, le festival JazzaVienne, et des concerts en Israël, Hollande, Turquie, Lituanie, Algérie et en Amérique du Sud étaient au programme.

Deux cds vocaux "Amsallem Sings" et "Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II" ont mis en valeur ses talents de pianiste-chanteur sur des mélodies du Great American Songbook.

En 2018, il fait partie du magnifique coffret de neuf cds "At Barloyd" regroupant les meilleurs pianistes de jazz français jouant en solo.

Son nouvel opus "Gotham Goodbye" est sorti en septembre 2019, un enregistrement de musique originale pour son nouveau quartet, mettant en lumière ses compositions interprétées par le saxophoniste cubain Irving Acao, sur le label participatif jazz&people.

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Discography

Gotham Goodbye Album

Gotham Goodbye : 2019

with Irving Acao - saxophone, Viktor Nyberg - bass
Gautier Garrigue - drums

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At Barloyds Album

At Barloyd's 9 CDS Boxset : 2018

Solo Album(Jazz&People)
Franck Amsallem - piano

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Franck Amsallem Sings Volume 2

Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II : 2014

with Sylvain Romano - bass
and Karl Jannuska - drums

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Amsallem Sings : 2009

Solo Album
Franck Amsallem - piano & vocals

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A Week In Paris : 2005

with Elisabeth Kontomanou - voice
and Stephane Belmondo - trumpet

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Summer Times : 2003

(Sunnyside, Nocturne)
Johannes Weidenmüller - bass, Joe Chambers - drums

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On Second Thought : 2000

with Marc Miralta - drums,
Johannes Weidenmüller - bass and Tim Ries - saxophone

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Years Gone By : 1998

with Daniel Humair - drums,
Riccardo Del Fra - bass and Tim Ries - saxophone

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Is That So : 1996

(Sunnyside)
with Tim Ries - saxophone and Leon Parker - drums

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Regards : 1993

(Freelance) with Tim Ries - saxophone,
Scott Colley - bass and Bill Stewart - drums

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Out A Day : 1992

(OMD) with Gary Peacock - bass
and Bill Stewart - drums

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New York Stories : 1993

(Blue Note) with Danny Gatton - guitar, Bobby Watson & Joshua Redman - saxophones & Roy Hargrove - trumpet

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