Frank Lamphere is a singer of swingin' straight-ahead jazz and traditional pop
CHICAGO, October 04, 2019 - Jazz crooner-songwriter Frank Lamphere has completed recording his third CD America, Swinging. The CD includes his original compositions Las Vegas with a thunderous ten-piece horn section and the swinging baseball anthem The Cubs Go All the Way. Unique covers of: America the Beautiful, Meditation, Born Free and This Guy's In Love With You are also included on the disc. Anticipated release will be January 2020.
Frank Lamphere is a professional singer in the highly specialized genre known as traditional pop. (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Jack Jones) Vast portions of his performances and repertoire are presented in big band and a straight-ahead jazz style and always with a live band.
His musical journey began at a young age singing along to records. Early opportunities to sing mini sets with an Italian wedding band and sit-ins with local bands like Tony Smith's were a great start. As jazz took on a greater role in his musical direction, Frank found pianists Buddy Charles then Billy Pierce. Like most up-and-comers, jam sessions played a key role in his development. Jim Beebe, John Bany and Bruce Oscar's jam sessions were pivitol. Around 1998, Frank found steady vocal work with the Johnny Gabor Trio, at the Flame of Countryside. In a short while he gained the confidence to seek work of his own; and did he find it! A stream of club and hotel work (lasting about fifteen years) ensued; all the while learning, improving, forming. It’s worth noting that Lamphere has a day job. Deck carpenter-contractor and owner of A-Affordable Decks, 27 years in business as of 2019.
Around the year 2000 Lamphere came up with Rat Pack Jazz as his musical brand name and recorded a thirteen song album Ain't Love a Kick which attracted national attention. He sang with other prominent bands and began bringing in work from non-club sources, from all over the country. Instead of singing to 45 listeners in a little club, Frank now had his own powerhouse band, performing to 300-500 attendees of a fundraiser or corporate dinner-dance.
Even if it mean't not working as much, Lamphere has never had the desire to perform solo. That is, to use background tracks (like many in the business) to secure more work. He has insisted on performing with a live band. With the deep pool of world-class jazz musicians available in Chicago, why wouldn't he?
Career highlights include: singing for radio and television commercials, performing in numerous shows (including headlining) across the Midwest, New York and Milan, Italy. Frank’s EP of original songs Frank Swings, (2012) is still being heard on radio stations around the world. One of those songs I Never Forgot, was featured prominently in the award-winning independent film Theresa Is a Mother. Frank has been hired across the U.S. to sing for special occasions, wedding receptions and much corporate work. His entertaining services are more in-demand than ever.
Lamphere, who lives in the Chicago area, is married and has two children