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John Funkhouser


A native of the Boston, MA area, John Funkhouser (piano, bass) studied classical piano from the age of seven, and classical bass from age nine. He majored in music theory at Cornell University and returned to Boston to earn a Masters degree from New England Conservatory in jazz piano, bass and composition in 1995. After four years living in New York City, John again returned to Boston in 2000 to raise a family, perform, and teach at Berklee College of Music. Funkhouser takes an active interest in a wide spectrum of music, including all kinds of jazz, from avant-garde to straight ahead to New Orleans Jazz, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, folk music of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Africa, American popular music, including funk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and hiphop, Classical from Gregorian chant to 21st century music, Hindustani and Carnatic Classical music of India, Balinese and Javanese Gamelan, and all kinds of hybrids between these various traditions. Funkhouser is in demand as a jazz bassist and pianist, participating in an array of musical projects with the Northeast’s most accomplished and creative musicians


Songs from the Boardwalk

Label: Self-released
Released: 2016
Track listing: And Then I Cried; Thinking of George; The Syzygy; The Boardwalk Shuffle; Flamenco Blue; Complacency; Sympathy.


Exuberant Ellingtonia: Flute & Piano Sessions

Label: Americas Musicworks
Released: 2022
Track listing: Rockin’ in Rhythm; In a Sentimental Mood; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; Caravan; Chelsea Bridge; I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart; Cottontail; Prelude to a Kiss; I’m Beginning to See the Light; Sophisticated Lady; Things Ain’t What They Used to Be; Take the ‘A’ Train; Isfahan; Jump for Joy.


Article: Album Review

Bloom Funkhouser Duo: Exuberant Ellingtonia: Flute & Piano Sessions

Read "Exuberant Ellingtonia: Flute & Piano Sessions" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although the enormous quantity of Duke Ellington tributes recorded over the years is probably far too large to count, those involving flute and piano duos are a much rarer find. So it is a welcome occurrence that flautist Peter H. Bloom and pianist John Funkhouser, two prominent veterans of the Boston jazz scene, have recorded just ...


Faces Of Souls

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Meldtown; Sisyphus; Consecration; Greta; Of The People; Lament for the City; Faces of Souls.


Faces of Souls, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Meltdown 2. Sisyphus 3. Consecreation 4. Greta 5. Of the People 6. Lament for the City 7. Faces of Souls


Democratic Vistas

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: 1. Franklin's Wager 2. Dreaming 3. Samba313 4. De-Evolution Blues 5 through 14 The Swamp-a-Rama Suite 15. No Walls (Prelude) 16. No Walls (Finale)


Article: Album Review

Richard Nelson / Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Deep River

Read "Deep River" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If the name of this new CD by guitarist Richard Nelson and Boston's intrepid Aardvark Jazz Orchestra sounds familiar, that's because it is the same as a spiritual of unknown origin that has been sung for perhaps hundreds of years in churches and other venues and recorded a number of times in films, once by the ...



Label: Jazsyzygy Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Indigo Montoya’s Great Escape; House of the Rising Sun; The Deep; My Romance; Little Rootie Tootie; Leda; Shakedown; Still.


Article: Album Review

John Funkhouser: Still

Read "Still" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Pianista, bassista e compositore proveniente dalla musica classica e dalla marcata curiosità musicale, John Funkhouser è da tempo alla testa di un trio che, con questo, giunge al quarto CD in quindici anni. Il leader è affiancato da Greg Loughman al contrabbasso e Mike Connors alla batteria, ma in questo lavoro vi si aggiungono in alcune ...


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