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Press Release Jazz in The Lobby Bar CD

The Saint Paul Hotel’s iconic jazz duo, JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske, to release CD May 15

‘Jazz in The Lobby Bar’ CD release party to be held Friday, May 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m. in The Saint Paul Hotel Ballroom

Saint Paul, Minn. (April 2015) – On Friday, May 15, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., popular jazz duo JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske will hold a release party for their new CD, “Jazz in The Lobby Bar,” in The Saint Paul Hotel’s Promenade Ballroom, just steps away from The Lobby Bar where the duo has built its enthusiastic following for the past seven years. 

Jazz singer pianist JoAnn Funk, whose disarmingly intimate piano vocal style blends seamlessly with Jeff Brueske’s skillful bass, will treat release party audiences to highlights from the new CD, which celebrates the duo’s seventh season in downtown Saint Paul’s elegant and comfortable place to see and be seen. “Jazz in The Lobby Bar” features the duo’s tastefully arranged signature tunes and is a wonderful swing through the varied songbooks of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Clifford Brown, Mose Allison and Waylon Jennings.

“The Saint Paul Hotel is thrilled to play host to the release party for JoAnn and Jeff’s new CD, and we are honored to have them treat our guests to some of the best live jazz available in Minnesota,” said Pete Zellmer, The Saint Paul Hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “They have a devoted following, and they are truly a downtown Saint Paul treasure.”

The May 15 “Jazz in The Lobby Bar” release party will also feature three guest artists who appear on the CD in selected tunes: Richard Kriehn on violin and mandolin (appearing regularly on A Prairie Home Companion), Nathan Norman on drums, and Pete Whitman on the saxophone. CDs will be available for purchase at $15 each, and can also be purchased at and 

 JoAnn Funk received a piano performance degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and began a serious study of jazz after college. Since then, she has played and toured in a variety of venues. She is currently in her seventh season of performing regularly (September through May) in The Lobby Bar in The Saint Paul Hotel, with her longtime bassist Jeff Brueske. She is known for her sensitive, swinging and clean piano technique and her warm, intimate vocal style. “Jazz in The Lobby Bar” is her fourth CD. 

 Jeff Brueske is a multi-talented musician with a masters in guitar, who took up the double bass by listening to jazz greats such as Charles Mingus and Charlie Haden. He studied jazz bass with Anthony Cox and classical bass with Robert Anderson of the Minnesota Orchestra. In addition to his Jazz in The Lobby Bar performances with JoAnn, Jeff is the co-leader of Sidewalk Cafe, a highly acclaimed bass, guitar and violin trio playing original and gypsy swing jazz. 

  The Lobby Bar is The Saint Paul Hotel’s iconic lounge, long known as a place to see and be seen. A regular haunt of locals and celebrities, The Lobby Bar is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4p.m. to midnight. The Lobby Bar offers a full cocktail and bar menu as well as a range of snacks and savory and sweet selections.  JoAnn and Jeff’s “Jazz in The Lobby Bar” takes place every weekend 7 pm – 11 pm, from September through May. 

The Saint Paul Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America and recipient of countless hospitality industry awards and honors, is located at 350 Market Street on Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. For additional information, please call 651-292-9292 or 1-800-292-9292, or visit The Saint Paul Hotel is managed by Morrissey Hospitality Companies (