Jim Funnell

Jazz/World/Pop Piano & Keys

8 Reviews (2 Verified)
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Professional piano and keyboard tracks for your project! I can help if you need some harmony on acoustic or electric piano (rhodes and EP sounds), funky clavinet parts, synth lead and bass lines, pads, or even a solo on keys with the sound of your choice. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

My name is Jim Funnell and I’m an Anglo-French jazz pianist/composer/educator with a passion for musics and cultures from all over the world. As a bandleader, I've produced quite a few albums and singles with Word Out (my post-bop/ethno jazz fusion band) and AfuriKo (African infused jazz duo with percussionist Akiko Horii), with reviews on London Jazz News, All About Jazz, Jazz Magazine...

I’ve spent a good amount of time in both France and the UK, as well as in the US where I studied (Performance and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston) and lived for several years (mostly in Queens, New York). I also traveled to Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, soaking up Latin America’s folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms.

Besides my own projects, I love helping other creative musicians and producers bring their vision to life. My extensive experience on the road, in the studio, as a self-produced jazz artist, and as a versatile sideman will hopefully enable me to communicate with you efficiently, and understand the challenges you face with your own project.

I look forward to meeting you and collaborating on your song :)

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.


AllMusic verified credits for AfuriKo
  • AfuriKo
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Discogs verified credits for Jim Funnell
  • Philippe Lopes De Sa Duo With Jim Funnell
  • David Fiuczynski
  • Benjamin De Roubaix
  • Guillaume Muller (2)

8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Benjamin J.

    Jim is not only a terrific pianist from a technical perspective, he is a very imaginative, open-minded musician. Jim’s communication is excellent and it was a pleasure to work with him. I highly recommend Jim to anyone who needs any of the services he offers.

  2. Review by Umberto Echo
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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!

  3. Review by Joyce-Lynn L.

    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! :)

  4. Review by Guillaume
    by Guillaume

    Jim is an outstanding pianist, professional, communicative, with endless musical knowledge ... hire him, you won't regret it.

  5. Review by Richard Mercier
    by Richard Mercier

    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!

  6. Review by Ken Kubota
    by Ken Kubota

    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!

  7. Review by Anne Normand
    by Anne Normand

    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.

  8. 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

Interview with Jim Funnell

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I'm currently working on a new microtonal jazz-funk track (in 24-TET using two keyboards tuned in quarter tones), as well as a jazz album that will feature bassist Chris Jennings, drummer Jeff Boudreaux, and percussionist Akiko Horii. These two projects should be released sometime this year or next (2024).

Bitcorn Soup by Jim Funnell's Word Out

I was the composer/pianist/keyboardist in this production

Terms Of Service

Typical turn-around time: approx. 7 days
Price includes up to 2 tracks per song (e.g. piano, EP, lead synth, string pads...)
1 revision max. per track

GenresSounds Like
  • Miles Davis
  • Hermeto Pascoal
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers
Gear Highlights
  • Keyboards: Nord Electro 4HP
  • Nord Electro 4D
  • Roland SD-300SX; Synth: microKORG XL; Amps: Roland KC-550/350/110
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