JoAnn Funk | Holidays

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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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3:07 album only
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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5:27 album only
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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3:37 album only
11. What Child Is This
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4:11 album only


Album Notes
JoAnn's arrangements of these holiday tunes make them fresh and bring a smile. Her arrangements are all unique and all hav have a different flavor. From What Child is This, gently and beautifully sung in an Enya style, to Frosty The Snowman, reminiscent of Oscar Peterson, to the winsomely sung Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas to a Vince Guaraldi take on O Tannenbaum, to the classical theme and variations on O Come Little Children, this music is joyful, yet calm enough to always be your go to holiday CD.

JoAnn Funk, piano and vocals
Cindy Hermann, drums
Merle Knudson, tenor sax
Bruce Calin, bass
Al Hager, bass
Jocko MacNelly, bass and guitar

Recorded at Studio A, Creation Audio, Minneapolis Minnesota. Mixed and Mastered by Steve Wiese. Produced by Steve Wiese and JoAnn Funk. All arrangements by JoAnn Funk - See more at:


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Bob Gabbay

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.