|Born||25 October 1961|
|Origin||Oran, French Algeria|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger, conductor,|
|Labels||Sunnyside Records, Naive, Nocturne|
|Associated acts||Gerry Mulligan, Joe Chambers, Gary Peacock, Bill Stewart, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Charles Lloyd, Bobby Watson, Stephane Belmondo, Rick Margitza|
He started learning the piano at age 7 and also took up the classical saxophone at the local conservatory. Early in his studies he was able to hear such artists as Thad Jones, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Sonny Stitt and Stan Getz live at the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France. By high school, he was playing in dance bands throughout the Cote d'Azur and featured in an INA documentary titled "La Lecon de Musique" as a student of John Lewis. In 1981, as a young adult he received a full scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music with Herb Pomeroy, and Michael Gibbs and in 1986 he moved to NYC to attend the Manhattan School of Music to study with Bob Brookmeyer. He also continued his classical piano studies with Phillip Kawin while playing jazz in and around New York. He has since accompanied or collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Joe Chambers, Gary Peacock, Bill Stewart, Joshua Redman, Maria Schneider, Jerry Bergonzi, Charles Lloyd, Bobby Watson, Kevin Mahogany, Herb Pomeroy, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Belden, Sonny Fortune, Sara Lazarus, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Tim Ries, Stephane Belmondo, Rick Margitza, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Harry Belafonte, among many others.
In 1989, Amsallem's composition "Obstinated" was performed by the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, now known as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has since written, conducted and recorded big band music for the Köln Radio Jazz Orchestra (WDR), the Orchestre National de jazz (France), chamber cross-over music for the Prism Saxophone Quartet, Chicago's chamber ensemble Fulcrum Point and cross-over symphonic pieces as well as big band music for the Mancini Institute. He has taught or given workshops at New York's 92Y, Paris' CNSM, CRR, the Royal conservatory in Den Haag, and in Israel, Bulgaria, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland. His 1990 recording debut, "Out A Day", featuring Gary Peacock on bass and Bill Stewart on drums, was produced at the famous Clinton Recording Studios in Manhattan. The album was reviewed by the 1994 Penguin Guide to jazz Recordings, which gave it four stars (maximum rating). He has recorded a total of 9 CDs under his name, and often performs all around the world (United States, Holland, Israël, The Émirates, Algéria, China, South Africa, Portugal, South and Central America, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sénégal).
Amsallem has received several distinguished awards including a Composition fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the ASCAP award for Young composers, a FAJE Award (French American Jazz Exchange) and the Fondation de la Vocation Award from France. He toured throughout 2011 in South America, Europe and Asia, and performed at the Java Jazz Festival on 6–8 March 2012.
Franck's latest cd is a solo showcasing his singing along with his piano playing. His latest trio recording "Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II" has been released in September 2014.
He returned to Paris to live and work in 2001.
- 1992 Out a Day, OMD with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart
- 1992: New York Stories Blue Note Records with Danny Gatton, Bobby Watson, Joshua Redman and Roy Hargrove.
- 1993 Regards, Freelance Records with Tim Ries, Scott Colley and Bill Stewart.
- 1996 Is That So, Sunnyside Records with Tim Ries and Leon Parker.
- 1997 Another Time, Challenge/A (reissue "Out a Day"), with Tim Ries, Riccardo Del Fra and Daniel Humair.
- 1998 Years Gone By, Challenge/A with Tim Ries, Riccardo Del Fra and Daniel Humair.
- 2000 On Second Thought [live], Naïve Records with Tim Ries, Johannes Weidenmuller and Marc Miralta.
- 2003 Summer Times, NocturneRecords (France)/Sunnyside Records with Johannes Weidenmuller and Joe Chambers.
- 2004 Out a Day, Nocturne Records (France) (reissue)
- 2005 A Week in Paris, Nocturne Records (France) with Elisabeth Kontomanou, Stephane Belmondo, Rick Margitza, Darryl Hall and Dre Pallemaerts.
- 2009 Amsallem Sings, Fram, solo w/vocals
- 2014 Franck Amsallem Sings, Fram, trio w/vocals
- 1989: Fondation de la Vocation Award (France)
- 1989: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to compose works for string orchestra.
- 1990: ASCAP Award For Young Composer
- 2010: FAJE Award (French American Jazz Exchange)
- Franck Amsallem Official site
- Franck Amsallem's official Myspace page
- http://www.allaboutjazz.com interview
- Official Site Fondation de la vocation
- French American Cultural Exchange
- Richard Cook & Brian Morton : The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 8th Edition, London, Penguin, 2006 ISBN 0-14-102327-9
- John Swenson : The Rolling Stones Jazz Record Guide, 1999