Jim Funnell

Jazz/World Pianist & Composer

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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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  1. Review by Monica P.

    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


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