“Frankie has always been a Jazz Vocalist at heart. The songs on this project are the perfect vehicle for his laid-back feel and phrasing. I’m glad we’re able to get this music out and share it with the world……” – Joey DeFrancesco
FRANKIE VALLI – VOCALS, JOEY DEFRANCESCO – ORGAN, TRUMPET, TENOR SAXOPHONE, BYRON LANDHAM – DRUMS and PAUL BOLLENBACK – GUITAR
Los Angeles, CA., June 4, 2021 — Frankie Valli adds another chapter to his musical story with “A TOUCH OF JAZZ,” his first jazz recording, out on June 25 on Green Hill Music.
As a pop music architect behind the best-selling Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Valli is primarily known for his multiple hits spanning almost six decades. The music icon has sold over 175 million records worldwide, but Valli’s first jazz album has been a labor of love and in the making since childhood.
Even though Valli is considered one of the greatest vocalists in Pop Music history, he grew up listening to jazz, seeing all the great big bands like Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Tommy Dorsey. Valli says that he would pay just a dollar to sit in the “bleachers” (for non-drinkers) at the famous jazz club, BIRDLAND when he was a kid.
“It is fulfilling a lifetime dream of mine putting out this Jazz album,” said Valli. “Jazz was always my first love. I’d listen to Symphony Sid’s Jazz Program on the radio for hours as a kid. And when it comes to singers, anybody who knows me knows Little Jimmy Scott was one of my biggest influences, and of course, I was also really into Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, and have always loved the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra. I even used to go sit in with Jimmy Smith!”
Valli recorded “A TOUCH OF JAZZ” in Los Angeles and Phoenix, where he collaborated with organ phenom, 5x Grammy-nominated, Joey DeFrancesco, and his trio. Valli always appreciated the Hammond Organ and admired Joey. It was only natural the two would one day work together.
“Working with Frankie has been one of the greatest experiences in my musical career,” said Joey Francesco. “I could see a true appreciation for the genre.”
“It is an honor for us to put out this beautiful Jazz album by the incomparable Frankie Valli,” said Blake Davis, General Manager of Green Hill Music. “We know his fans will be blown away when they hear this album. We are proud Frankie trusted us to realize this labor of love.”
“A TOUCH OF JAZZ” track listings:
- Try a Little Tenderness
- Day By Day
- Don’t Take Your Love From Me
- I Remember April
- All or Nothing At All
- How High The Moon
- We’ll Be Together Again
- Jeepers Creepers
- Last Request
The album can be purchased or streamed wherever fine music is available on June 25.
About Frankie Valli
Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons and his solo success has spawned countless hit singles. With unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ’63 – Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease.” His songs have been omnipresent in other iconic movies such as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory, and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Frankie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.
Valli has sold over 175 million records worldwide. His long-lasting career has led to the overwhelming success of the Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS, which chronicles Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ incredible career and features all of their greatest hits. JERSEY BOYS opened in New York on November 6, 2005, and by the time it closed over 11 years on January 15, 2017, it was the 12th longest-running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. JERSEY BOYS returned to New York with a new production in November 2017. The JERSEY BOYS U.S. National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006 and continued to break records in North America. This Fall, JERSEY BOYS returns with productions in the U.S. and the U.K. Valli is looking forward to resuming his national tour throughout the U.S. and worldwide to continually packed houses receiving nightly standing ovations from thrilled fans of multiple generations.