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 (like a smoky Scotch on ice), yet somehow all those references to other singers with breathy voices fade the more you listen to JoAnn.
•JazzPolice Review March 24 2011
Long familiar to Twin Cities audiences, JoAnn Funk melds her classical training (degree from UW-Madison) and jazz studies (with David Hazeltine and Joan Wildman) to the keyboard and microphone. She toured as a staff musician on the SS Norway after college graduation, then relocated to St. Paul where she has performed in in clubs, for corporate and private events, casinos, concerts and festivals. Always a pianist, JoAnn began adding vocals to her performances about ten years ago, recognizing the charms of mixing piano and voice. Drawing influences from the likes of Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall and Norah Jones, JoAnn has evolved her own vocal style, to which she adds her own arrangements and a growing repertoire of beloved and less familiar, often quirky songs from the diverse books of Dearie, Krall, Jones, Nat King Cole, Otis Redding, Bob Dorough, Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline, Leonard Cohen and Boz Scaggs.
She has recorded two previous CDs: Holidays, which received a top 10 award from CDBaby, and Solo Piano, a collection of piano music: from Bach to Ellington
•Bebopified Review, March 26 2011
JoAnn Funk doesn’t sing a song as much as she whispers it in your ear. Sometimes her voice is silky and warm; sometimes it’s hot; sometimes it tickles. 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 (like a smoky Scotch on ice), yet somehow all those references to other singers with breathy voices fade the more you listen to JoAnn.
At first you can’t help wondering, “Who does she sound like?” and then you realize—she sounds like herself. It’s what we want from every singer.
Pick Yourself Up is a mix of familiar standards (the title track, “Girl from Ipanema,” “If I Had You,” “Two Sleepy People”) and songs heard less often. The Gershwins’ “He Loves She Loves” (also covered by Stacey Kent, whose version is more straightforward) features deep, rich arco notes on Brueske’s bass and soft brushes from Nathan Norman, whose sensitive, expressive drums throughout make this a trio recording
Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” was done a few years back by Madeleine Peyroux; JoAnn’s version is more inventive and seems truer to the spirit of Cohen’s original, while not sounding at all like it.
•From KDUZ radio, Joel Niemeyer April 6 2011
On her latest album "Pick yourself up", she brings her soft, sultry pipes to the music...emphasizing the notes and lyrics beautifully. The song "Dance me to the end of love", dances her words with well arranged instrumentals from Jeff Brueske, Nathan Norman, and Greg Lewis. A romantic feel is felt all over the album...songs like "When I grow too old to dream", "If I had you", and "Moonlight saving time" all make you feel like it's 11 pm and sitting in the front row at the jazz club she's playing that night.