Chicago singer-songwriter Frank Lamphere performs "Rat Pack Jazz", retro-pop & jazz standards of the 1930-60's. In his 2000+ repertoire he performs songs popularized by: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Jones, Vic Damone, Buddy Greco, Bobby Darin, and many others.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Frank the eldest of four siblings was always a good athlete who played baseball, fought in the Chicago Golden Gloves, intensely studied foreign languages (French, Italian and Greek), traveled to Europe many times while in his twenties (met his wife Daniela in Rome), worked as a cook, a skilled carpenter, and throughout his youth listened to and sang along with the record albums that he collected.
Frank found many occasions to perform an Elvis or Dean Martin number in public. However, it was not until 1996 that he took his uncanny understanding and great appreciation of the older music from a mere pastime, to a serious career direction. Sitting-in and working with several society bands Frank, quickly developed his vocal style and audience working skills. He gave his presentation the moniker Rat Pack Jazz which Frank describes as Vocal and instrumental renditions of retro-pop and jazz standards, with an emphasis on melody.
As a headlining vocalist Frank, has appeared in shows such as the Tribute to Jimmy Dorsey at the Performing Arts Center at the College of DuPage, A Salute to Ol Blue Eyes at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb and in January 08 performed a concert at the prestigious Jumpin Jazz Ballroom in Milan, Italy. Lamphere has also held the vocal duties at many of Chicagos top music venues: the Peninsula Hotel, Jillys, Green Dolphin Street, The Flame of Countryside, and Milwaukees Pfister Hotel. Saturdays are usually dedicated to non-club performances like: fundraisers, wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties.
No stranger to the recording studio, Frank has recorded demos, radio commercials and released his own self-produced CD Aint Love A Kick - The Unforgettable Songs of Sammy Cahn in 2002. A songwriter as well, an upcoming CD project will feature his original songs with a jazz combo.
Rat Pack Enterprises L.L.C., Franks musical entertainment company offers his services and the services of other select artists and instrumental jazz groups to the entire U.S. and Europe. Phone (630) 202-4887 with inquiries.
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My musical influences are: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Buddy Greco, Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Bing Crosby to name a few.