Deck The Halls!

Steven Marking, baritone 

JoAnn Funk, jazz singer pianist

Gary Schulte, violin

Jeff Brueske, acoustic bass

The Deck The Halls show began as a special event evening to celebrate the holiday season at The Saint Paul Hotel, where JoAnn and Jeff perform regularly for Jazz in The Lobby Bar. The response to this group was  heartfelt and overwhelmingly positive and crowds in the lobby were standing room only. The group has moved on to do many concerts and performances throughout the holiday season,  Our venues range from large theater - (next December the 450 seat Weber Center in La Crosse Wisconsin), to smaller groups. We are four skilled musicians who love to celebrate all the music of the season, from classical to swing, with joy and beauty.


About the performers:

Baritone Steven Marking moves easily between the gorgeous classics like O Holy Night (sung in French), Silent Night (sung in German) and the sly swing duet Baby It’s Cold Outside, which he sings with JoAnn Funk. With over 40 opera and oratorio roles to his credit, Steve combines the vocal qualities of the very best baritones with a charismatic stage presence and a masterful sense of drama and comic timing. Steven has performed with Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Chorale and recently sang a concert of Ives and Hoiby for the Schubert Club, in addition to performing his own shows: Our Mighty Mississippi, Tribute to Frank Sinatra and The Good Old Variety Show. 

Singer pianist JoAnn Funk has been performing Jazz in The Lobby Bar at The Saint Paul Hotel for seven years, with her bassist Jeff Brueske. The two are known for their intelligent arrangements, warm swinging sound and wide range of repertoire. “She’s part Blossom Dearie, part Dusty Springfield, a bit Nellie McKay, a hint of Norah Jones and a splash of Diana Krall...” Bebopified. Jeff Brueske is a creative and talented bassist and is equally comfortable adding solid swing or adding a touch of arco beauty.

Gary Schulte is a classical violin virtuoso who can now be found playing mostly with gypsy jazz groups around the twin cities. He lends each song a joyful beauty, whimsy and spirit.

A Deck The Halls show will add a joyful and elegant touch to your holiday event. We can tailor the show length to meet your needs! For more information please contact or call 651-739-4510. 

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Listen to JoAnn's new Jazz in The Lobby Bar CD!


  • Feb 24
    The Saint Paul Hotel,  St Paul

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