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Franck Amsallem

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Origin  Oran, French Algeria
Role  Jazz Pianist
Instruments  Piano, vocals

Genres  Jazz
Name  Franck Amsallem
Record label  Sunnyside Records
Franck Amsallem
Born  25 October 1961 (age 54) (1961-10-25)
Occupation(s)  Musician, composer, arranger, conductor
Labels  Sunnyside Records, Naive, Nocturne
Associated acts  Gerry Mulligan, Joe Chambers, Gary Peacock, Bill Stewart, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Charles Lloyd, Bobby Watson, Stephane Belmondo, Rick Margitza
Albums  Amsallem Sings, Out a Day, On Second Thought, Franck Amsallem Sings, Vol. II, Years Gone By, Regards, Summer Times
People also search for  Melanie Dahan, Jean-Marc Jafet, Jean-Baptiste Bocle

Education  Berklee College of Music

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Franck Amsallem is a French-American jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and singer. He was born in 1961 in Oran, French Algeria, but grew up in Nice, France.


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Early years

Amsallem started learning the piano at age 7 and also took up the classical saxophone at the local conservatory. Early in his studies he was able to hear such artists as Thad Jones, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz live at the Nice Jazz Festival. He made his professional debut in 1976 at the age of fourteen in Nice, and by high school was playing in dance bands throughout the Cote d'Azur and featured in the documentary La Leçon de Musique as a student of John Lewis. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in the early 1980s, to study composition and arranging with Herb Pomeroy and Michael Gibbs.

New York City

Amsallem moved to New York City in 1986 to earn a Masters in Jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music . He went on to study with Bob Brookmeyer from 1986 to 1990, all the while continuing his classical piano studies with Phillip Kawin. He then played or collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Joe Chambers, Gary Peacock, Bill Stewart, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Charles Lloyd, Bobby Watson, Kevin Mahogany, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Belden, Sonny Fortune, Tim Ries, Gary Bartz, Rick Margitza, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Harry Belafonte.

In 1989, Amsallem's composition "Obstinated" was performed by the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, now known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has since written, conducted and recorded big band music for the Köln Radio Jazz Orchestra (WDR), the Orchestre National de jazz (France), chamber cross-over music for the Prism Saxophone Quartet, Chicago's chamber ensemble Fulcrum Point, and cross-over symphonic pieces as well as big band music for the Mancini Institute. He has taught or given workshops at Roosevelt University, New York's 92Y, Paris' CNSM, CRR, the Royal conservatory in Den Haag, and in many other countries. His 1990 recording debut, Out a Day, featuring Gary Peacock on bass and Bill Stewart on drums, was produced at the Clinton Recording Studios in Manhattan. The album was reviewed by the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, which gave it four stars (maximum rating). To date, he has recorded a total of 10 albums under his name.

Amsallem has received several awards, including a Composition Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the ASCAP award for Young composers, a FAJE Award (French American Jazz Exchange) and the Fondation de la Vocation Award from France.


Amsallem returned to France in 2002, settling in Paris, where he has collaborated or recorded with local greats Stephane Belmondo, Elisabeth Kontomanou, and Sara Lazarus.

In 2009 he released his first solo piano album.

He has performed all around the world (United States, the Netherlands, Israel, Algeria, China, South Africa, Portugal, South and Central America, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sénégal). He toured throughout 2011 in South America, Europe and Asia, and performed at the Java Jazz Festival, on its way to solo concerts in Vietnam and in The Emirates.

Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II, his latest release, was released in September 2014.

As a leader

  • 1992 Out a Day with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart (OMD)
  • 1993 Regards with Tim Ries, Scott Colley and Bill Stewart (Freelance)
  • 1996 Is That So with Tim Ries and Leon Parker (Sunnyside)
  • 1997 Another Time with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart (Challenge/A) (reissue Out a Day),
  • 1998 Years Gone By with Tim Ries, Riccardo Del Fra and Daniel Humair (Challenge/A)
  • 2000 On Second Thought with Tim Ries, Johannes Weidenmuller and Marc Miralta (Naïve)
  • 2003 Summer Times with Johannes Weidenmuller and Joe Chambers (Sunnyside)
  • 2004 Out a Day (Nocturne) (reissue)
  • 2005 A Week in Paris with Elisabeth Kontomanou, Stephane Belmondo, Rick Margitza, Darryl Hall and Dre Pallemaerts (Nocturne)
  • 2009 Amsallem Sings (Fram), solo piano and vocals.
  • 2014 Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II with Sylvain Romano and Karl Jannuska (Fram)
  • As a sideman

  • 1991 Toujours Michel Perez, with Ron Carter and Billy Drummond (Lazer/Instant Present 1009)
  • 1991 Sous Verre Jean-Louis Almosnino & Nagette Haider with Jay Anderson and Adam Nussbaum (Lazer/Instant Present 1008)
  • 1992 New York Stories Danny Gatton, with Bobby Watson, Joshua Redman and Roy Hargrove (Blue Note)
  • 1995 Imaginary Time Tim Ries, with Randy Brecker, Ben Monder, Scott Colley and Joey Baron (Moo/Tokuma)
  • 1996 Blue Note Then and Now with Jack Walrath, Bobby Watson, Judi Silvano, Tony Reedus and Jeff Andrews (Blue Note)
  • 2000 Prism Quartet with Tim Ries, Michael Whitcombe, Matt Levy, Taimur Sullivan (Innova)
  • 2006 Stones World Tim Ries, with Bernard Fowler, Fred Favarel, Thomas Bramerie and Charlie Watts (Sunnyside)
  • 2007 Le Flirt de Satie Gerard Kleijn, with Paul Berner and Joost Kesselar
  • 2009 New Life, David Prez, with Johannes Weidenmuller, and Bill Stewart (Paris Jazz Underground)
  • 2014 Keys Melanie Dahan, with Thomas Bramerie and Lukmil Perez (Backstage)
  • Awards

  • 1989: Fondation de la Vocation Award (France)
  • 1989: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to compose works for string orchestra.
  • 1990: ASCAP Award For Young Composer
  • 2010: FAJE Award (French American Jazz Exchange)
  • References

    Franck Amsallem Wikipedia

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