About JoAnn Funk
JoAnn received a degree in Classical Piano Performance (and Biology) from UW-Madison, and also studied with renowned jazz pianists Joan Wildman and David Hazeltine. Relocating to St Paul after a tour as a staff musician on the SS Norway, this talented jazz pianist has since performed and worked constantly. She began singing in 2000. She quickly realized that the combination of voice and piano was a marvelous gateway to the heart of a song and has, since that time, performed as a singer pianist as much as possible. She currently performs at the St. Paul Hotel with bassist Jeff Brueske, and treats listeners to songs from all decades of the Great American Songbook, from Cole Porter to Leonard Cohen.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“She’s part Blossom Dearie, part Dusty Springfield, a bit Nellie McKay, a hint of Norah Jones, a dash of Stacey Kent, a splash of Diana Krall…” -Pamela Espeland, Bebopified
“Funk is a master of lounge swing… just as likely to play something by Nat King Cole as she is to play Hank Williams or James Taylor.” -Pioneer Press