Give Him The Ooh-la-la! The music of Blossom Dearie
Blossom Dearie is a national treasure. A great musician.
"I've been greatly influenced by Blossom Dearie's piano playing, singing and selection of repertoire. Her songs range from the wry to the witty and heartbreaking. Her arrangements and sense of time are impeccable."
- JoAnn Funk
Songs in the show span her career, from the classic Verve recordings with Ray Brown to her later more pop oriented music, written by herself, Dave Frishberg or Sheldon Hartnick, to name a few.
"I perform this show with my trio, incredible Nathan Norman on drums and my longtime bassist, Jeff Brueske. I have taken her arrangements off of her albums, and naturally, since this is jazz, we add our own sense to each song. This is a show of true jazz/cabaret. We have had very appreciative and delighted audiences. Blossom Dearie fans are very devoted and always seek me out if for these shows. They know every song!
- JoAnn Funk
Deck The Halls!
JoAnn is joined by Baritone Steven Marking and bassist Vocalist Jeff Brueske for this wonderful holiday show. Deck the Halls is a polished gem, packed with variety from three truly versatile performers. It combines the wow factor of virtuoso musicianship with hilarious storytelling and heartfelt expressions of the true spirit of Christmas.
Jazz Singer Pianist JoAnn Funk adds her wit and a swinging piano style and a smoky voice that is all her own.
Baritone Steven Marking moves easily between the gorgeous classics like O Holy Night, Silent Night and the sly swing duet Baby It’s Cold Outside, which he sings with JoAnn Funk.
Bassist and Vocalist Jeff Brueske is equally comfortable in traditional jazz swing or adding a touch of arco beauty. His sweet singing style adds a wonderful touch.
JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske in Concert
After performing together for nine years for Jazz in The Lobby Bar at The Saint Paul Hotel, in St Paul Minnesota, JoAnn and longtime bassist vocalist Jeff Brueske have melded their considerable talents into a marvelous blend. The range of their music is breathtaking, drawing upon their various musical backgrounds and unique voices, both as soloists and in their duets. Wonderfully arranged tunes swing through the songbooks of Nat King Cole, John Pizzarelli, Diana Krall, Blossom Dearie, Bob Dorough and Tony Bennett to Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Dave Brubeck, Dan Penn, and Madeline Peyroux.
JoAnn has an intimate, swinging and smokey singing style all her own. Her vocals are perfectly accompanied by her tasteful piano playing. She is also an stunning jazz pianist in her own right and their instrumental numbers shine.
Jeff is a solid bassist, creative and comfortable laying down a groove or bowing with his beautiful arco sound. His clear high baritone voice astonishes - it seems to be made to sing the great repertoire of the 1930's and 1940's.
Jeff and JoAnn have recorded two CDs together: Pick Yourself Up (2012) and Jazz in The Lobby Bar (2015)
Great Jazz Pianist Singers: Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall and more!
with Jeff Brueske bass and Nathan Norman drums
A fascinating and education musical show! Join JoAnn and her favorite musicians, Jeff and Nathan for a trip through the music and stories of our great jazz pianist singers: Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall and more!
The February Show
with Steve Marking, baritone and Jeff Brueske, bass
Music and laughter - in February, just when we Minnesotans need it most!
Yes, February is the month of love and Valentine’s Day. But there are many more holidays in February! This funny and inspiring show celebrates them all (including Do A Grouch A Favor Day), with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
Baritone Steven Marking will be performing an astonishing range of music, from songs of musicals to Schubert, Samuel Barber and Flanders and Swann.
Jazz pianist singer JoAnn Funk brings her unique piano vocal style and dry with to this entertaining show.
Bassist and vocalist Jeff Brueske rounds out the versatile and talented trio, adding swing and beauty to everything, and also doing some great singing. His vocals are a treat and are reminiscent of John Pizzarelli.