Sunday, Sep 24, 2017
(Doors open at 3:30 PM)
Door Time:3:30 PM
Show Type:Singer / Songwriter
Restrictions:$25 Menu Minimum
Rob Wortzel has spent his adult life pursuing a career in music while working as a full time dentist in his Mountainside New Jersey Integrative dental practice. Dentist by day (except Wednesday) and music the rest of the time, studying voice, guitar, piano, harmonica and recording techniques at night and on weekends.
Initial performances and projects focused around ways to help his dental patients. He began writing songs and performing at schools and dental conventions, empowering children and adults, alike to take charge of their dental health. This led to several DVD’s, cd’s and tape sets.
In 1985, Rob met Jeff Franzel while performing in a play. Jeff had just come back to NYC from a 5 year tour with Frank Sinatra and had a #2 record “Don’t Rush Me”. Rob and Jeff became fast friends and been taking care of each other musically and dentally for more than 30 years.
Rob began writing songs and making demos in his home recording studio. Through Jeff’s guidance, Rob became dedicated to his songwriting craft and began writing songs that reflected his life. He always tries to present an male perspective and use his songs as a power for good in this world. We certainly need this now than ever.
Rob recently completed his 3rd cd of original songs, “Lucky Man” (following “Follow Your Dream” and “Time for R&R”). He certainly considers himself a very lucky man to be able to enjoy a balanced life, while pursuing his dental career and musical dreams and aspirations.
Tonight, Rob Wortzel appears his Jeff Franzel on piano and Clive Smith on bass and electric guitar. He will be performing several of his original songs, some written specially for this special night at the Metropolitan Room.
Jeff Franzel is a multi-talented songwriter and composer with over 30 years experience in the music business. Jeff began his career as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups, including big band legend Les Brown. During that time he accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Torme. He currently is leading his own jazz quintet in NYC and has been a Steinway artist for over 2 years. He recently played the Park City Jazz festival with Anna Wilson and Sean Smith.
Jeff has written pop songs for such diverse artists as Josh Groban, Placido Domingo, Push Play, Hayley Westenra, Clay Aiken, Shawn Colvin, N'sync, Dianne Reeves, Taylor Dayne, and Chuck Wicks. He writes in virtually all styles and works with lyricists in many languages. Jeff's songs have been featured on over 20 platinum albums in the U.S. and other countries. On the U.S. Billboard charts Jeff has had a #2 pop hit with Don't Rush Me, a top 10 AC hit with You've Got a Way and a #1 contemporary Christian song called Love Was Never Meant To Die. He has had top ten hits in Japan, England, Brazil, Australia, Holland, Belgium and Poland.
Jeff has a song that Placido Domingo and Josh Groban recorded with lyrics adapted by Pope John Paul II which was #1 on the classical billboard charts this summer. His song "When You Know" is the title track to Dianne Reeves CD. He recently had a platinum record in Italy with the San Remo winner Marco Carta on Warner Bros. Jeff co-wrote 3 songs with Hayley Westnera for her upcoming Christmas Winter Magic CD which will be released worldwide this November. This fall Jeff's songs were featured on two top 10 DVD's in Brazil by artist Ricky Vallens and Tania Mara. Kaci Battaglia recently recorded "Seeing You" which will be featured on her upcoming release on Warner Curb Records.
Jeff has also had a number of his songs in film and TV. He has had songs in Runaway Bride, Serendipity, Dawson's Creek, Deja Vu, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Barbershop 2, Go Figure, Dear God, Gray Matters and Fort McCoy.
Jeff recently released his CD Taken By Surprise which can be purchased on Itunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
Jeff has recently worked with Phil Ramone and arranged two songs for Kevin Ahart's upcoming CD. One of the songs was a duet with jane Monheit.
He recently arranged country standards in a jazz style for The Countrypolitan duets CD which features Keith Urban, The Rascall Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Jeff continues to tour with the group in the states and also tours with his jazz quintet.