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Stay curious, stay inspired, stay connected!: Francine & Joel Music

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Broadway Magic Sampler

BROADWAY MAGIC SAMPLER - songs with the musical magic that can only come from a legendary Broadway show. Entertain your guests with the old “razzle dazzle and over 23 Broadway gems. Rated A+ in audience satisfaction with songs from “Annie”, “Sweet Charity”, “Gypsy”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Producers”, “South Pacific” and more.

We hope that it will cheer up your day and look forward to performing for you again!

Joel Zelnik Trio

JOEL ZELNIK - Jazz great Dr. Billy Taylor, was the first to give air play to Joel’s first jazz album, “MOVE”, which was reissued in Japan. A contemporary of Bill Evans, Joel has entertained 5 presidents, has been a pianist/bandleader for thousands of events for such dance orchestras including Lester Lanin, Bob Hardwick, Alex Donner, Cabot/Scott, and his own company Francine and Joel Music. He has performed at concert venues in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Greece. NYC legendary venues include: Windows On The World and The Rainbow Room. He has recorded two CD’s and also holds a B.A. from New Jersey City University, and an M.A. from Rutgers University. His latest recording, “Live At Steinway Piano Gallery” was performed on a Steinway Model D Concert Grand, and released in Japan.

The Joel Zelnik Trio perfoms in a variety of styles. We try to put our musical sincerity along with the love of the Jazz Trio format first and foremost. Our audience is an important ingredient that challenges our connection to them.

The Joel Zelnik Trio appears regularly at Concert venues, Jazz Clubs, Libraries and more, with audience engaging programs dedicated to New Jersey’s musical treasure: 7 time Grammy Award Winner Plainfield born Bill Evans. We have played to “full houses” because I personalize my experiences with Bill, conveying them with the audience.

MY BILL EVANS – A Personal Conversation: This fascinating program is based on the dialogues between Joel Zelnik and Bill Evans, a 7 time Grammy Award Winner, at the “Village Gate” during the mid-1960’s. Signature Evans works are performed. Joel and his trio present informative insight into this jazz great.

TONY BENNETT & BILL EVANS – The Legendary Recordings

This timely program is based on the dialogues between Joel Zelnik and Bill Evans, a 7 time Grammy Award Winner, at the “Village Gate”in NYC, during the mid-1960’s. Joel had the great fortune of playing at the Top of the Gate in NYC alternating sets with Evans. Highlighted is the collaboration of Bill Evans & Tony Bennett during 1975 and ‘77, yielding some of the best recordings in the history of jazz. Grammy nominee Annette Sanders reprises these great songs.

Joel also served as a Councilman in Closter, NJ and as the Library Liaison, helped to include a concert/meeting room during the library renovation. He is a member of the Closter Historic Preservation Commission, established the Closter Hall of Fame, which is on permanent display at the Closter Public Library, and includes Bill Evans, who was a resident during the mid 1970’s.

Please visit my website for videos, pictures, bio, music, press and more:

www.joelzelnik.com

Joel & Francine

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FRANCINE EVANS

Francine Evans is a singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter and theatrical producer with a lifetime of experience in all styles of music. Having taught herself piano in two hands at the age of 3, Francine has produced over 100 shows including NYC’s, ‘DESTINATION: Las Vegas”. Leonard Bernstein was a fan of her eclectic musical style as was Peter Schikele (PDQ Bach). She has performed with her big band in just about every major hotel ballroom in NYC and has appeared in cabaret clubs and folk venues on both the east and west coasts. She holds an M.A. from Montclair State University, and has performed in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Greece.

JOEL ZELNIK

Jazz great Dr. Billy Taylor, was the first to give air play to Joel’s first jazz album, “MOVE”, which was reissued in Japan. A contemporary of Bill Evans, Joel has entertained 5 presidents, is a pianist/bandleader for thousands of events, and has performed at concert venues in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Greece. NYC venues include: Windows On The World and The Rainbow Room. He has recorded four CD’s and holds a B.A. from New Jersey City University and an M.A. from Rutgers University. His latest recording, “Live At Steinway Piano Gallery” was released in Japan and the U.S.

 

Joel also served as a Councilman in Closter, NJ and as the Library Liaison, helped to include a concert/meeting room during the library renovation, and also established the Closter Hall of Fame, which is on permanent display at the Closter Public Library. He serves on the Closter Historic Preservation Commission which has taken his original proposal to save one of the few surviving Lustron Homes in the U.S. into a living museum highlighting mid 20th Century America. Joel is also a substitute teacher in the South Orangetown Central School District.

‘DESTINATION: Las Vegas – The Musical Journey” was conceived by and stars Francine and Joel and ran for 5 months Off-Off Broadway. Francine and Joel were competitors of television’s “America’s Got Talent”. They participated in the Guinness World Record Longest Variety Show at the “Metropolitan Room” NYC. Together, they perform over 125 engagements annually: www.francineandjoelmusic.com