New York-based Anglo-French pianist and composer. Graduated from Berklee (2007) in Performance and Jazz Composition. Released 5 albums as band leader/co-leader (AfuriKo, Word Out) with reviews on London Jazz News, All About Jazz, Jazz Magazine... Has performed/recorded with David Fiuczynski, New York Gypsy All Stars, Chico Freeman, Tiger Okoshi...
Jim started leading his own trio in his early teens, performing at jazz clubs by the time he was in high school. Dedicating himself to the study of both classical and jazz piano, he was awarded a full tuition scholarship from Berklee College of Music, where he was exposed to a diversity of styles and cultures. At Berklee, in addition to studying with jazz luminaries such as Danilo Pérez, Joanne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony, David Fiuczynski, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone, Jim had the opportunity to perform with Dave Douglas, Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndgeocello, and Yellowjackets members Russell Ferrante and Marcus Baylor. Upon graduation, he traveled to Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, soaking up Latin America’s folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms. These early experiences helped shape both his musical language and purpose of inspiring and encouraging uniqueness in others.
Constantly taking his music on the road, Jim has performed at numerous venues across seventeen countries (in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa) and festivals such as the London Jazz Festival, Balkan Trafic! (Brussels), Jazz a la Calle (Uruguay), Kathmandu Jazz Festival, Kanazawa Jazz Street (Japan), JazzQ (St. Petersburg), Malta Jazz Festival, Jazz en Touraine, Festival Cinéma d’Alès Itinérances, Festival des Musiques Sacrées de Paris (France), and Central Park SummerStage (New York).
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It was just great to work for Jim. Wonderfull music, great players involved, beautiful sounds and very nice communication. Nothing more I could ask for. Looking forward to the next project!
What can I say? Jim was simply amazing to work with: Clear and friendly communication and an excellent end result! He immediately got what I was going for and didn't shy away from asking when in doubt about details. I'm so happy with his New Orleans style/ Dixieland arrangement of my song and can't wait to hand his sheet music out to my band.
If you're looking for a real pro to work with, you found him. Looking forward to working with Jim again! :)
Jim is an outstanding pianist, professional, communicative, with endless musical knowledge ... hire him, you won't regret it.
Jim est un musicien professionnel sans nul doute avec tout ce que cela représente, investissement musical et artistique, sensibilité.
Jim a collaboré à un de mes titres (jazz brésilien); même si le style du projet n’est pas dans ses habitudes esthétiques j’avais imaginé qu’il apporterait sa touche et une contribution enrichissante.
Je ne me suis pas trompé et vous le recommande quelque soit votre langage musical car il a le talent, l’expérience et une culture musicale lui permettant de se glisser tant d’un point de vue rythmique, harmonique et mélodique dans tous les contextes musicaux!
One of my favorite pianists! Not only is Jim extremely friendly and fun to work with, his professionalism and mastery at his craft makes for an incredible collaborator. He has contributed in many of my projects, and I've always been impressed with his tasteful execution, interpretation and style. Would enthusiastically recommend him to anyone for future projects and collaborations!
J'ai contacté Jim pour une première création, et il m'a accompagnée avec professionnalisme, et bienveillance. Au delà des mots, Jim devine l'intention, et en musique, c'est fondamental. Les échanges sont hyper rapides et agréables, les conseils très pertinents, et le résultat que j'attendais est parfait.
I would like to thanks Jim funnel for his job in my new album. He participated recording in one of my compositions ( “ Guelito Jose”). He is a great professional and he did the job really fast et beautiful quality playing keyboard.
After that, I proposed recording with Akiko, a great percussion player, in another composition “Caminando”. It was a Plaisir their collaboration.
I recommend Jim Funnel and Akiko if you need any percussion or piano/keyboard for recording. They made a proper and professional job.
Thank you very much