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Jazz in The Lobby Bar

JoAnn Funk Jazz Singer Pianist

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This first class jazz singer pianist t and her creative bassist perform their impeccable, swinging arrangements: from Cole Porter to Waylon Jennings - with special guests, most notably Richard Kriehn, on mandolin and violin, of A Prairie Home Companion.

Jazz singer pianist JoAnn Funk and bassist Jeff Brueske performed Jazz in The Lobby Bar at the incomparably elegant Saint Paul Hotel, in St Paul Minnesota for nine 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.

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Rave Reviews
"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, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"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