“Each musician has technique to burn (and there are moments when they let it rip) but they're also extremely musical. The John Funkhouser Quartet is often wildly inventive and great fun to watch and listen to - they can also play with grace and sweetness.” (Middletown Eye)
“One can’t help but notice the assured individuality of the musicians’ work, each member of the Quartet complementing the others for synergistically effective results.” (Cadence Magazine)
“The styles and moods of this accomplished, often spellbinding collection range far and wide….distinctive in its extremes” (Boston Globe).
The John Funkhouser Quartet is a band of Musicians without Borders. With influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, Ravi Shankar, and Abdullah Ibrahim, the Quartet “employs complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity.” (-Bebop Spoken Here). Each of Funkhouser’s expansive compositions inhibits a unique universe, while the band seamlessly integrates composed music with improvisation into “a whirling dervish of sound and light.” (Bop-n-Jazz.com)
The JFQ began to take shape in 2000, soon after Funkhouser moved back to Boston from NYC to take a teaching job at Berklee College of Music. John, (playing bass), met Mike Connors and they immediately understood they had a common musical vision. They soon became the rhythm section in the Pierre Hurel Trio, Jerry Sabatini’s Sonic Explorers, and other bands. Soon after Greg Loughman moved to town in 2001, he became the bassist with the Sonic Explorers and John moved to keyboards (his main instrument). This musical friendship was a match made in heaven. The rhythm section formed a new Boston incarnation of the John Funkhouser Trio, and began playing all over the Northeastern USA to enthusiastic audiences. After playing for several years and recording the CD Time as a tightly knit trio, John invited another good friend, Sonic Explorers guitarist Phil Sargent, to make it a quartet. Bonded by years of friendship as much as by shared music, the quartet now feels like a single organism more than a band of individual virtuosos.
John Funkhouser has headlined the Jazz In June festival in Oklahoma City and played at major music festivals nationwide, including the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN, the Mellon Jazz Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, and Jazz In The Sangres in Westcliffe, CO. While concentrating mostly on the Northeast, Funkhouser’s group mounted two national tours, performing in nineteen cities including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Kansas City and Denver. The band has played in such New York clubs as the Knitting Factory, Small’s, and Cornelia St. Café.
The band has four CDs of original material to its credit: Still (2013), Time (2010), FunkHouse II (2003), and FunkHouse (1998), and a fifth is on the way!