JoAnn Funk | Holidays

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Holidays

by JoAnn Funk

A warm, sincere holiday album. Merry jazz in the groove, a bit of classical, a little gospel, JoAnn on piano and smoky vocals, along with an outstanding quartet of musicians, it is refreshing and easy to listen to.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Jingle Bells
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2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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4:48 album only
3. O Tannenbaum
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3:27 album only
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
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3:54 album only
5. Over the River and Through the Woods
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6. Christmas Island
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2:31 album only
7. Blue Christmas
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4:37 album only
8. O Come, Little Children/Theme and Variations
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5:09 album only
9. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
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4:39 album only
10. Frosty the Snowman
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11. What Child Is This
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These arrangements wrote themselves, from my piano and my voice and my heart, coming out of my musical life and musical loves.

There are swining jazz trios and quintets-reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi.

Vocals have a mostly Blossom Dearie meets mosty Diana Krall meets a bit of Norah Jones quality

From my background as a classical pianist comes a Theme and Variations on the "O Come Little Children"-just piano and bowed bass.

An ethereal Enya like arrangement of What Child Is This

People have reacted so positively to this CD.

They tell me it's refreshing, that it's fun, that they just plain like it.

All different kinds of people with all different tastes.

So I know I have done something that goes across musical categories, which is a pretty great thing.


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Bob Gabbay

GREAT CD- A MUST HAVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
This is what the holidays are all about. You can picture yourself sitting with a loved one by the fireplace as you listen to this unique album. There must be hundreds of holiday CDs out there that sound pretty much the same- this one is diferent- unique, pleasing, comfy and entertaining. A great stocking stuffer!

Gordon Kruse

JoAnn's CD is terrific!
JoAnn's CD is terrific. She has a nice (sexy) voice, plays the piano extremely well, and has assembled a talented group of well balanced accompanying musicians. The arrangements are unique and provide a refreshing contrast to the usual renditions. It's nice to have some jazzy new Christmas music. Please pass along my compliments to her.

Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune

This CD is rated to be a stocking stuffer-buy it!
From "A Guide to this Year's Holiday Music" 12/12/00 in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune.....This Twin Cities jazz pianist swings. She occasionally sings too, in a funky style. With her combo she keeps this mostly instrumental session lively.

Bunker Bob

A must-have desert island disc
This eloquent collection of classic titles springs to life through JoAnn's exhilirating vocals. It is the perfect soundtrack accompaniment for those late nights spent on your Borgert patio with your sweetie.