John Funkhouser

John Funkhouser is a pianist, bassist, composer and educator. Since 1990 John has taught music theory, ear training, piano and bass. He has been a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA for 15 years.

Berklee’s status as the world’s leading music university is shown with a statistic: to date, 107 Berklee graduates have amassed 266 Grammy Awards. It is impossible to list all of John’s accreditations and achievements both in the performing and teaching professions. The following is a short summary of his CV.

Performance:
John Funkhouser has toured extensively, performing in clubs and festivals in North and Central America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and South Africa. These programs have included The John Funkhouser Trio, The John Funkhouser Quartet, and The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. Some highlights include:

• The Blue Note, Birdland, and Dizzy’s in New York City
• New Orleans Jazz Festival
• The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
• Toulon Jazz Festival, France
• Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

John Funkhouser has shared the stage, playing either piano or bass, with several luminaries in the world of jazz and blues, including: Joe Lovano (a Grammy-winning saxophonist, twice named by Down Beat magazine as Jazz Artist of the Year); Steve Gadd (ranked as probably the top session drummer of all time, having drummed for, amongst others: Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, and The Bee Gees); Charles Neville (of the famous The Neville Brothers); Bobby Watson (formerly of “Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers” and saxophonist on over a hundred studio recordings); Esperanza Spalding (the bassist and multi Grammy award winner); Luciana Souza (the Brazilian jazz singer and another Grammy award winner); Tierney Sutton (the American jazz singer with several Grammy nominations); Geri Allen (the famous jazz and blues pianist); Francisco Mela (the Cuban born jazz drummer); Rudresh Mahanthappa (the Indian alto saxophonist who has received several industry awards); Matt Savage (the child prodigy pianist, who when only 11 years old was signed to Bösendorfer pianos, the only child to be so recognized in the company’s 175-year history); and Mike Rossi (Professor in Jazz and Woodwinds at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, who regularly performs at clubs and festivals, and conducts saxophone workshops and master-classes in Africa, Europe and the United States).

Recordings:
John has played on over 60 CD recordings, including four as leader. The 2010 release of “Time” (John Funkhouser Trio) received extensive international critical acclaim.

Media Appearances:s
John has appeared on Lifetime Television; ABC’s “20/20”; NBC’s “Today Show,” and National Public Radio. In support of his tours, he has given radio interviews throughout the USA. John’s website is at www.johnfunkhouser.com

Masterclasses:
For the past 20 years, John has conducted masterclasses, workshops and clinics including in places as far afield as Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), Toulon (France), Singapore, numerous Colleges and Universities in the United States of America – and, of course, at Berklee College of Music.

John is married to Amy, and they have a daughter, Willow.

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