The February Show!
with JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske
with JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske
St Mane Theater, 206 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN
A wonderful show of all things February (yes, including Valentine's Day! Steve is joined by jazz singer pianist JoAnn Funk and bassist vocalist Jeff Brueske. Enjoy an evening of music and humor! St Mane Website
The Dunsmore Room, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Fridley, MN
Music and laughter! In February! Jazz pianist singer JoAnn Funk brings her unique piano vocal style to this entertaining show. Her style has been compared to Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall but is very much her own. JoAnn is a Twin Cities favorite who most recently performed with Jeff Brueske for Jazz in The Lobby Bar at The Saint Paul Hotel. Her fourth and most recent CD, Jazz in The Lobby Bar, continues to receive international airplay. These days she is traveling and performing - enjoy this rare treat to hear her in the Twin Cities! Baritone Steven Marking will be performing an astonishing range of music, from Schubert, Samuel Barber and Flanders and Swann, to songs from musicals. Steven has over 40 opera roles to his credit. Since his move to the Twin Cities in 2012, he has sung with the Minnesota Chorale, Metropolitan Symphony, performed a role with Minnesota Opera, sung many oratorios, led hymn sings and performed his popular show Our Mighty Mississippi, as well as shows with Jeff and JoAnn. His newest CD, "Holy Chestnuts", is collection of Victorian Era Anthems, recorded with organ and piano at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, where he was the bass baritone soloist for four years. Never one to take himself too seriously, Steve has a comfortable stage presence and is a marvelous storyteller. Bassist and vocalist Jeff Brueske rounds out the talented trio, adding swing and beauty to everything, and also doing some great singing. Jeff might be the most understated musician you will ever meet. He is a choir director, educator, has a master's degree in guitar performance and is also a fine bassist. His vocals are a treat and are reminiscent of John Pizzarelli.
Deck the Halls is a polished gem, packed with variety from four truly versatile performers. It combines the wow factor of virtuoso musicianship with humorous storytelling and heartfelt expressions of the true spirit of Christmas.
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. Steve combine of the very best baritones with a charismatic stage presence and a masterful sense of drama and comic timing. With over 40 operatic roles to his credit, Steven has performed with Minnesota Opera, Metropolitan Symphony, Minnesota Chorale and sung a concert of Ives and Hoiby for the Schubert Club, in addition to performing his own shows (Our Mighty Mississippi).
Jazz Singer Pianist JoAnn Funk has been performing Jazz in The Lobby Bar at The Saint Paul Hotel for nine years, with her bassist Jeff Brueske. The two are known for their intelligent arrangements, warm swinging sound and wide range of repertoire. “She’s part Blossom Dearie, part Dusty Springfield, a bit Nellie McKay, a hint of Norah Jones and a splash of Diana Krall...” Bebopified. JoAnn is also an accomplished classical pianist.
Bassist and Vocalist Jeff Brueske is equally comfortable in traditional jazz swing or adding a touch of arco beauty. With a Master's degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Minnesota, Jeff Brueske has performed and composed for many classical, jazz, fusion, gospel and pop ensembles.
Violinist Gary Schulte is a master of improvisation on the violin. A performance graduate of Indiana University,he is a veteran of "A Prairie Home Companion" and has done everything from classical music to collaborative work with dance and theater groups. Sought after as a jazz violinist, he has performed with the greatest artists of the gypsy jazz genre. He lends each song a joyful beauty, whimsy and spirit.
For booking information contact Steve Marking 612-293-4067 firstname.lastname@example.org