May 16, 2022 Frank Lamphere and quartet at the end of a productive recording session. (L-R) Larry Harris, Greg Rockingham, Frank Portolese, Mark Sonksen and Frank Lamphere
June 12, 2022 - Frank Lamphere was back in the studio again on May 16 to record tracks for a future Dean Martin tribute CD. The songs were recorded with former Chicago (now residing in Florida) jazz guitarist Frank Portolese and Lamphere's frequent collaborators: pianist Larry Harris, bassist Mark Sonksen and legendary Chicago drummer Greg Rockingham.
The group recorded 6 original takes on well-known and obscure Dean Martin songs.
Now That’s Amore – Frank Lamphere’s new CD
April 15, 2022– Retro jazz crooner & occasional songwriter Frank Lamphere is set to release his fourth CD “Now That’s Amore”. Recorded with his frequent collaborators, veterans of the Chicago jazz scene, the album contains fourteen songs, of which four are originals. Of these originals, Do You Like What You See? is an thumping, bluesy, pop song ala 1967 as is I’d Like to Come Back to You. Both songs feature Hammond organ accompaniment. Think Happy is a swinger, with a message inspired by the brilliant radio talk show host Dennis Prager, about thinking positively. Frank revives his previously released baseball song, this time as The Braves Go All the Way.
Of the covers, Dean Martin's, That’s Amore receives a makeover becoming a jazz waltz, but with plenty of Italian flavorings. The album's opening track Love Theme From the Godfather (Speak Softly) is now a full-fledged swinger. Lamphere tackles the fresh take in English and then an alternate take (with vibes) sung in Italian. Two Henry Mancini tunes: the very up-tempo Charade and the ballad Slow Hot Wind are found back-to-back on the album. The Irving Berlin God Bless America, receives a 4/4 rendering. Completing the session are: Bacharach’s The Look of Love, a Buddy Greco"ish" Around the World and the 1934 standard For All We Know.This album was recorded over two primary sessions in 2020 and 2021.
Frank Lamphere has been a professional singer in the specialized genre, nowadays known as traditional pop and straight-ahead jazz. Lamphere has been honing his swinging style for 25 years. A style which has borrowed from the titans of popular music prior to 1970: Ol’ Blue Eyes, Dino, Jack Jones, Buddy Greco, Tony Bennett and a few others.
Frank's musical journey began at a young age, singing along to the records he played, on his "record player". While in his late-teens and early 20s opportunities to sit-in with local bar bands and mini sets with a wedding band were a great introduction to performing in front of a live audience. Later, jazz took on a profound role in his musical direction when he "found" pianist Billy Pierce and also began frequenting several jazz jam sessions. A lucky break around 1997 earned him steady club work with the popular Johnny Gabor Trio, Shortly after, he began successfully taking on his own gigs, not only in the Chicago area but all over the country. Over the years, Lamphere has retained a day-job. Deck contractor and owner of A-Affordable Decks, which achieves 30 years in business in 2022.
Frank's first release was 2002s thirteen-track tribute to lyricist Sammy Cahn. The album “Ain’t Love a Kick” attracted positive national attention. Concentrating on his live performances and a new family, it was ten years until Frank put out his next release, a five song EP of original songs entitled "Frank Swings". In January 2021 “America the Beautiful, Swinging” a seven-song disc was released. This one featured his original Las Vegas recorded with nine horns.
Career highlights include singing for radio and television commercials, headlining numerous Rat Pack themed shows across the Midwest, corporate gigs from Las Vegas to New York, and jazz clubs in Milan, Italy. The song I Never Forgot from his CD "Frank Swings" was featured prominently in the award-winning independent film Theresa Is a Mother. Frank continues to be hired across the U.S. to perform his specialty "Rat Pack Jazz" when “the Music Needs to be Right”. He has more album projects coming soon, including a jazzy Frank Sinatra tribute that has already been recorded. Lamphere is married and has two children
Frank Lamphere in the recording studio October 25, 2021 Recording songs for his upcoming release "Frank Songs, My Way"
Nov 05 2021Frank Lamphere returned to Crystall Recorders Studio (Lombard IL.) recording studio on October 25 & 27 to record 12 songs for his CD to be released sometime in 2022 "Frank Songs, My Way". The two sessions featured two different all-star rhythm sections with the exception of guitarist Dan McIntyre who played on both of the sessions.
The project, which Frank had been considering for many years, was to make an album of songs easily identifiable as "Frank Songs" but to really make them not at all comparable to the unsurpassable Sinatra versions. Now, it's true that the words "make them his own" are frequently stated with other similar projects, but Lamphere mean't it and followed through. The selections were carefully chosen but virtually no thought was needed for inclusion of iconic songs like "Fly Me to the Moon" and "I've Got You Under My Skin". These two were rarely not included in a performance during Lamphere's 25 year performing career. Others such as: Call Me Irresponsible, More (Theme fom Mondo Cane) and How Deep Is the Ocean were also recorded by many recording artists in their day, but were not "shoe-ins" for album inclusion.
In addition to Frank's regular accompanist on his previous two albums, Larry Harris, Lamphere enlisted the immense talents of pianist Jeremy Kahn for the first session. Together with bassist Mark Sonksen, drummer Greg Rockingham, Dan McIntyre and the other "essential" instrumentalist on Frank's projects, saxman Eric Schneider, the results are extreme swinging with a slightly soulful vibe.
For the second session (two days later) with pianist Harris, Lamphere brought back the longtime Chicago jazz dynamic duo of bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas. McIntyre and Schneider completed the superb quintet.
October 07, 2021 Lamphere along with his jazz trio, recorded a commercial for producer Terry Sweet. Sweet, wrote and produced the memorable jingle (Terry is highly regarded in the industry and has produced hundreds of jingles for both radio and television) for The Packing House, a well known Milwaukee steakhouse.
Congratulations on another album replete with fantastic vocals, world-class musicianship, and top notch, hard swinging arrangements! This album is as good as anything out there - Ben Dockery
Sunday, March 22 Flashback to 2009. Stan's Fit For Your Feet in Milwaukee WI runs this TV commercial with a familiar voice, singing the jingle.
March 14, 2020 On Monday March 09 Frank Lamphere was back in the recording studio to record a couple of alternate versions of The Cubs Go All the Way. A very productive session, in addition to a re-recording of his own 2012 Be Happy, he introduced his original blues-infused Were You Thinking About Me?, and I'd Like to Come Back to You. Rounding off the recording session were covers of the 1956 movie theme Around the World and the 1961 Mancini-Gimbel A Slow Hot Wind.
Personnel returning from the America the Beautiful Swinging (2020) session were: pianist Larry Harris, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas. Nationally celebrated guitarist Dan McIntyre, played guitar.
These tracks will be part of a near-future album project.
Lamphere's original song (preview) posted on official Chicago Cubs website
August 17, 2019 - Lamphere and his longtime pianist Larry Harris were in the studio on August 15 to oversee the recording of the horn parts for Frank's song Las Vegas. Almost there!
A run through of Frank Lamphere's new song Las Vegas
Frank & Trio @ Untitled Supper Club in Chicago, Friday July 05 2019 10:30 pm
July 05, 10:30-1:30 am Frank and Trio
Larry Harris keys,
Stewart Miller bass
Dan McIntyre guitar
June 06 2019Frank recorded six songs on June 04. These songs which include "Las Vegas" (Lamphere's first original composition, written in 2007) will be part of the CD "America Swinging" and it features a who's who of Chicago Jazz titans.
June 04, 2019 The view from one isolation booth to another. (L-R) Andy Brown guitarist, Bill Klewitz photographer, Dennis Carroll bassist.
Frank & Trio @ Untitled Supper Club in Chicago, Wednesday May 22 2019
Feb 01, 2019
Frank and his trio will be returning to Untitled Supper Club on Wednesday May 22
The show begins at 7:30 pm
"This is one of the nicest rooms in Chicago. The decor, the sound and staff are really top-notch!"
- Frank Lamphere
Untitled Supper Club
111 W Kinzie St. Chicago, IL60654
Lazarus House Gala & Benefit
"Unmasking the Face the Homelessness"
Phantom of the Opera January 26, 2019 6:00pm until midnight
Q Center 1405 North Fifth Ave. St. Charles, IL 60174
You are cordially invited to our 4th annual Lazarus House Gala & Benefit. Please join us and enjoy the "Music of the Night." Mingle with friends, bid on silent auction or purchase a mystery bottle of wine. Enjoy a delicious plated dinner, sweets, a heartwarming presentation and an exciting live auction! And that's not all, Rat Pack Jazz with authentic retro style vocalist Frank Lamphere will perform immediately following the program. So put your dancing shoes on and join us for an evening of helping your neighbors in need!
Reservations are $150 per person and can be made online by clicking the button below Tables of 10, cash bar, black & white attire suggested, masks optional
March 04, 18 April 01, 15 May 06, 20 June 03, 17 July 01, 15
It'll be 1967 when Frank plays Jimmy's in 2016
Egan 50 Year anniversary party on January 06, 2016 at the University Club, Chicago
Great fun. Frank Lamphere and his Big Swing Machine at the University Club in Chicago January 06, 2016
Nov 18, 2015 Frank and his quintet had a great time performing for Revere Electric's Automation Event at Untitled Supper Club in Chicago (video below from event)
Frank Lamphere and his Rat Pack Jazz Trio performing at Mercy Fest in October 2015
September 11, 2015 Frank Lamphere & Trio at Nuova Italia Ristorante
June 29, 2015 Frank enjoyed singing with Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra at Andy's Jazz Club on Monday June 22. Lamphere performed nine songs over the two sets including his own personally commissioned swinging chart of the Dean Martin hit "Everybody Loves Somebody"
Frank is delighted to have been hired to perform with his trio, at the VIP Dinner for the EDM Biz Conferencein Las Vegas. The show will take place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino on June 17. Chicago pianist Jeremy Kahn will be Frank's accompanist. Drummer Mike Mechem and bassist Danny DeMorales both from Las Vegas will complete the trio.
Frank and his trio that features stellar guitarist Frank Portolese, will perform Fridays March 20, 27 & April 03, 10 from 8:00pm - Midnight at Luigi's Italian Bistro in Palatine (In the video clip below) This trio performing at Luigi's.
Chicago crooner Frank Lamphere performing at the half-time of Bulls-Nets game. United Center 2-13-14
Festa Italiana Taylor Street Friday August 15, 8-10 PM Frank will feature American & Italian songs from the 1950-60s Performed with a handpicked, allstar band. Larry Harris keys Jim Cox bass Dan McIntyre guitar Don Stiernberg mandolin/guitar Frank Caruso accordion Mike Jeffers drums Mark Olen trumpet Eric Schneider sax/clarinet Frank Lamphere vocals
March 14, 2014 Just announced that Frank will headline at this year's Chicago Festa Italiana (Taylor Street) Frank will be accompanied by his six piece band on the Rosebud stage. The date is Friday, August 15 7-10pm.
FEBRUARY 06, 2014 Frank and his Rat Pack Jazz Sextet will be performing at the half-time of the Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets game on Feb 13. The nationally televised game (TNT) will start at 7PM Central time. Frank put together a special medley of songs for the performance, that celebrate Valentine's Day.
November 17, 2013 Lamphere performed for the Little City annual gala last night (11-16). The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Frank's trio of Jim Ryan, Mark Sonksen and Bill Klewitz played during the cocktail hour. Dinner was served and there were numerous speakers before the music resumed. After dinner the original trio became an eight piece band with the addition of drummer George Fludas, Jerry DiMusio on tenor sax, Danny Barber on trumpet, vocalist Laury Shelley and of course Frank.
Frank Lamphere's band performs at the Little City Gala at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. November 16, 2013
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