Jazz in The Lobby Bar

by JoAnn Funk

Released May 15 2015
Released May 15 2015
This first class jazz pianist vocalist and her creative bassist perform their impeccable, swinging arrangements: from Cole Porter to Waylon Jennings - with special guests, most notably Richard Kriehn of A Prairie Home Companion.
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Jazz singer pianist JoAnn Funk and bassist Jeff Brueske have been performing Jazz in The Lobby Bar at the incomparably elegant Saint Paul Hotel, in St Paul Minnesota for seven years. This stunning CD celebrates the arrangements and musical simpatico of these two talented musicians. JoAnn's arrangements shine on a marvelous mix of tunes, ranging from Cole Porter, Gershwin and Harold Arlen to Mose Allison and Waylon Jennings. JoAnn's arrangements are outstanding; every song is truly unique.

Three incredible musicians join them on 5 different tracks. The tasteful and always swinging drummer Nathan Norman is featured on I Get A Kick Out of You, You Fascinate Me So and I'm Glad There is You. Saxophonist Pete Whitman, who has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has 3 CDs out with his own band, adds a wistful touch to Someone To Watch Over Me. Richard Kriehn is the violinist and mandolinist for A Prairie Home Companion and he joins JoAnn and Jeff for a their gorgeous version of Waylon Jennings' Anything You Ask.

Recorded at Creation Audio, Studio A, Minneapolis MN. Produced by JoAnn Funk and Steve Wiese. Mixed and mastered by Steve Wiese. Recorded by Miles Hanson.

1. The Very Thought Of You (4:01) Ray Noble
2. Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing (3:08) Mose Allison
3. Tea For Two (5:29) Irving Caesar, Vincent Youman
4. You Asked Me To (3:54) Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver
5. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (4:47) Cole Porter
6. I Get A Kick Out Of You (3:38) Cole Porter
7. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (4:15) Harold Arlen, Edgar Harburg
8. Joy Spring (3:13) Clifford Brown, lyrics JoAnn Funk
9. Someone To Watch Over Me (6:20) George and Ira Gershwin
10. I'm Glad There Is You (4:31) Paul Madeira, Jimmy Dorsey
11. Our Love Is Here To Stay ( 4:33) George and Ira Gershwin
12. You Fascinate Me So (4:28) Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh
13. Moon River ( 3:07) Henry Mancini

"The album is near perfection – jazzy, breezy, contemplative even. I am especially taken by Funk – she has an appealing bedroom coquettish voice, kind of like a modern Blossom Dearie – it’s instantly unique, recognizable, and intimate. She herself does the arrangements for these songs, and they are wonderful, making songs like “Someone To Watch Over Me” and “The Very Thought Of You” sound fresher than Minnesotan snow" … Leone Lescota, MusicBlog

"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" … Minnpost 5/15/15