It's take a deep breath, unwind, just plain nice solo piano. This versatile pianist easily mixes classical favorites and her own jazz arrangements. The piano sings through Chopin, Bach, Schumann and swings through Hoagy Carmichael, Gershwin, and Vernon Duke.
1.To A Wild Rose (1:58) Edward MacDowell 2. Stardust (4:34) Hoagy Carmichael 3. Arabesque No. 1 (4:22) Claude Debussy 4. Traumeri (2:42) Robert Schumann 5. Prelude II (3:28) George Gershwin 6. I Can't Get Started (3:47) Vernon Duke, George Gershwin 7. Music of The Night (5:21) Andrew Lloyd Weber 8. Nocturne Op.9 No. 1(5:46) Frederic Chopin 9. Prelude No. 1 BWV 846 (1:38) Johann Sebastian Bach 10. Til' There Was You (4:02) Meredith Wilson 11. Stompin' at The Savoy (2:26) Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb 12. What A Wonderful World (4:24) Robert Thiele, George D Weiss) 13. Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (3:53) Traditional Irish
Recorded at Studio M, Minnesota Public Radio Studio, St Paul Minnesota. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Craig Thorson. Produced by JoAnn Funk.
About Solo Piano: JoAnn trained for many years as a classical pianist. This is evident in her beautiful touch and technique and in her comfort with the classical repertoire. She has also been a great student of jazz piano. In her years of performing as a professional solo pianist, she enjoys blending the classical and jazz repertoire in a recognizable style her audience has come to enjoy. Her jazz arrangements are tasteful and easy on the ear. "Solo Piano" celebrates the joy and beauty of the piano. "It's never made sense to me to limit my solo piano playing to one style. I just like to play music that sounds great on the piano: Gershwin, Chopin, Debussy, Hoagy Carmichael", says JoAnn.
"Excellent mix of piano solo selections played extremely well This is one of the best (if not the best) collections of classical and popular piano pieces I've ever heard. These pieces are some of my favorites, and JoAnn Funk performs them with great taste and artistry." Newt MacCormack, CD Baby Buyer
"A winning mix; clearly JoAnn loves each of these pieces and trusts the hearer will to! I appreciate that J. has included compositions she really loves and has not been afraid to mix them up-- personal favorites: Bach Prelude One; the Andrew Lloyd Webber selection (cheesy but fabulous); TooRaLooRaLooRa (or however the heck you spell it) which my mother once sang to me. I've played it over and over. Thanks, JoAnn!" ..Terry Kidner, CD Baby Buyer