Hi to all of you musically inclined web surfers and adventurous music-lovers out there! Welcome to funnelljazz.eu. I hope you’ll have an enjoyable experience on the site, and that you’ll find treats for your ears, mind, and spirit.

My name is Jim Funnell and I’m an Anglo-French jazz pianist with a passion for musics and cultures from all over the world. I’ve spent a good amount of time in both France and the UK, as well as in the US where I studied (at Berklee College of Music in Boston) and lived for several years (mostly in Queens, New York). You can read more about me here if you’d like, but let’s get straight to the good stuff!

I’m thrilled to share my work here with you via three main outlets. The first two (AfuriKo & Word Out) are touring/recording bands, and the third (FunJazz Piano Lessons) is an educational undertaking that caters to music students of all levels and backgrounds.


AfuriKo – an African infused jazz duo I co-lead with my wife (and stunning percussionist!) Akiko Horii;


Jim Funnell’s Word Out – my band (a piano driven trio at its core, although sometimes expanded to include extra instrumentalists) offers an eclectic mix of modern jazz, world jazz, free improvisation and jazz fusion;


FunJazz Piano Lessons – private lessons and resources such as transcriptions, arrangements, exercises, and so forth… For the curious student looking to improve her/his jazz language, build a repertoire, jam out, and/or produce music!

I look forward to hearing from you and can be reached at jim@funnelljazz.eu. If you‘d like to hear from me, please subscribe to my newsletter: just fill out the white box in the “mailing list sign-up” section on any page! Many thanks and all the best 🙂