Great reviews for JoAnn's new Jazz in The Lobby Bar CD!
Just when you think you never want to hear another version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” along comes jazz singer and pianist JoAnn Funk with one so idiomatic and enchanting that it seems like a brand-new song. Her voice, her arrangements, and her timing are sui generis, and she has the ideal musical partner in bassist Jeff Brueske …. Pamela Espeland, MinnPost 5/15/2015
JoAnn Funk has been a fixture at The Saint Paul Hotel for seven years, so it’s fitting that she titled her latest CD with bassist Jeff Brueske “Jazz in The Lobby Bar”. She’s an accomplished pianist and a chameleonic vocalist. She can offer several different voices on the same song. She’s partial to a girlish coquette (the Marilyn Monroe evoking “Someone to Watch Over Me”) and a breathy balladeer (the country tinged “Anything You Ask”). But she’s at her best with her more sophisticated vocals on “You Fascinate Me So”. Jon Bream, Star Tribune 5/15/15
Jazz inThe Lobby Bar CD PRX interview by Phil Nussbaum