Hannah Frank is a poetic songwriter and vocalist whose first forays dug into rural country blues, raw cowboy chords, and deep lyrics. Performing in Chicago and beyond since the late 90s, she added traces of jazz, world, rock and the energy of urban blues. In her original music, characters step out of songs as if out of a novel. A honey-meets-barbed wire voice tells emotional stories with new-fangled rhymes and old-fashioned wisdom.
As a hybrid artist of multiple genres, she always meets her hyphen quota.
Her influences range from from Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie to Ray Charles and Sister Rosetta. Her autobiographical narrative approach often includes potent and dramatic poetry.
Keeping with Frank’s constant process of exploration of American music forms, she recently entered the studio as a jazz vocalist. Putting aside her own Guild guitar temporarily, she enlisted a crew of the best traditional jazz and Chicago blues musicians in the city for her latest effort, Comes Love released on limited edition vinyl by the maverick New York City label Random Chance.
Frank’s velvety contralto works perfectly with the cohort of veterans backing her on her new single, the first vinyl release in the label’s history. Dennis Luxion, known widely as the last word in any discussion of Chicago jazz 88 men, and multi-Grammy winner Billy Flynn on guitar form the core of the harmonic and melodic support behind Frank’s vocal stylings. The swinging-est rhythm section on wax is filled out by longtime Jimmy Rogers drummer Dean Haas and bassist Ben E. Miller, on loan from Frank’s venerable Hannah Frank Group. The combination of veteran sidemen from Chicago’s jazz and blues scenes, paired with Frank’s voice, produces a sound that is quintessentially Chicago, featured on the new 45 rpm 7-inch record.
She also performs solo and with Hananh Frank Group. The band has performed at Chicago venues including House of Blues Chicago, Mayne Stage, Hardrock Cafe, Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival and listening rooms. She has been interviewed on local radio and her music has been heard on WDCB 90.9 FM, WLUW 88.7 FM.
- Comes Love / Hannah Frank (Random Chance Records, NYC) 7-inch 45 rpm vinyl (2019)
- LIVE EP / Hannah Frank Group (independent release) digital and CD (2014)
“Her voice has that sultry, jazzy tone, tho, and one realizes when they hear her that she can sing anything she wants.” – Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance
“Nice, unpretentious.” – Blues & Rhythm (UK)
Clipping from Issue #341 Blues & Rhythm (August 2019)
“When Chicago music fans and scenesters hear the name Hannah Frank, folk and roots usually comes to mind – hardly a surprise, as the guitarist and songstress has been plying club stages in the Windy City in this genre for more than a decade. With the release of her celebrated debut single, “Comes Love,” (Random Chance Records, New York) however, jazz fans in a tough jazz town will find more than enough to groove to, and then some. Her breakout vocal performance suggests that she can easily hold her own in a scene and in a town not easy on newcomers. But hold her own she does, and is here showcased by a cadre of virtuosos.” – Martin Lang www.martinlangbluesharp.com
“Kudos to the musicians and Hannah for an excellent release…bridging genres between her folk singer/songwriter roots and the styling of a 40’s jazz torch singer. She put together a killer jazz band. The B side shows off her ability to merge country and jazz with the Patsy Cline classic “Walkin’ After Midnight.” Her interpretation of this song is perfect.” – Michael Teach, Founder, Chicago Acoustic Underground www.chicagoacoustic.net
Hannah Frank and Hannah Frank Group have been part of the Chicago songwriter scene while reaching out to other genres and art practices (such as jazz, blues and spoken word). Through past work with Chicago Acoustic Underground, Strobe Recording Studios and other organizations, we’ve helped showcase songwriters from Chicago. We’ve connected with audiences at festivals, major venues and cozy listening rooms, whether part of showcases or themed shows.
“Love Songs” Showcase featuring Songwriters & Jazz Vocalists at Uncommon Ground Devon, Curator and Performer, Chicago, IL (February 2020)
Radio 98.3 FM, Interview with New Rhythm Arts Center (June 2019)
Make Music Day, Rogers Park, Performer, Chicago, IL (June 2019)
“Comes Love” Jazz Vocal 45 rpm record (on Random Chance Records) Release Show, Chicago, IL (June 2019)
Bloom School of Jazz Vocal Class Recital, Andy’s Jazz Club, Hannah Frank Vocal Performer, Chicago, IL (2018)
“Stormy Monday” Showcases featuring Songwriters & Spoken Word Artists at Uncommon Ground Devon, Curator and Performer, Chicago, IL (2017)
Bucktown Garden Walk, featured music act, audio engineer and assistant curator of music, alongside Chicago Acoustic Underground, Chicago, IL (2014-2016)
House of Blues Main Stage, Chicago, IL (May 2015, September 2015)
Radio WDCB 90.9 FM, Hannah Frank Group on “American Backroads” Program (2014)
Strobe Recording Studios Songwriter Showcases featuring live performances of sessions with dozens of songwriters, Organizer and Performer, Chicago, IL (2014)
Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival, Rogers Park, Performer, Chicago, IL (2013, 2014)
“Singing For Your Supper” Monthly Songwriter Showcase at Act One Pub, alongside Chicago Acoustic Underground, Performer, Sound Engineer, Curator (2013-2014)
Great Songwriters NOT from the Great American Songbook, Fall Music Series at Open Door Theatre, Hannah Frank performs songs of Bob Dylan, Oak Park, IL (2014)
Coffecon Consumer Coffee Conference, alongside Chicago Acoustic Underground, Curator and Performer, Warrenville, IL (2013)
Blues & Folk Showcase featuring Tail Dragger Blues Band (Delmark Records), Hannah Frank Group, Curator and Performer, Chicago, IL (2013)
Photo credit: Patrick Engman, Jr.
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One-sheet for “Comes Love”:
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