John Funkhouser, piano
A native of the Boston area, John Funkhouser was educated at Cornell University, returning to Boston in 1992 for a Masters at New England Conservatory. He lived in New York for four years, then returned to Boston and accepted a teaching position at Berklee College of Music in 2001. Besides leading his Trio, John is in demand as a pianist and bassist, having shared the stage with such luminaries as Grammy nominees Luciana Souza and Tierney Sutton, sixteen-year-old piano savant Matt Savage, Steve Gadd (Paul Simon), Abe Laboriel Sr., Max Weinberg (Bruce Springstein), Herb Pomeroy (Duke Ellington), Yoron Israel (Joe Lovano), Ron Savage (Joe Zawinul). He has been featured as a soloist with New England Philharmonic Orchestra and with the MIT Wind Ensemble. Funkhouser has participated in over 40 CDs and has performed at such New York venues as the Blue Note, Birdland, Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Wahington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Several international tours have led him to perform in such diverse locations as Paris, Singapore, Aruba, Zurich, South Africa, and Montreal. He has appeared on Lifetime Television, ABC’s “20/20,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and NPR. He is currently an Associate Professor teaching bass, ear training, music theory, and ensembles at Berklee.
Greg Loughman, bass
Greg Loughman started playing electric bass at age fifteen in the small town of Zanesville, OH. He earned a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies at Capital University, where he studied electric and upright bass with Doug Richeson (bassist for a number of years with Tony Bennet), Jeff Ciampa, and Lou Fisher. While in college, he worked his way into the Columbus, OH jazz scene. Upon graduation, he quickly rose to a prominent position as one of the top freelance jazz bassists in the Midwest. After spending a year in Montana, Greg moved to Boston, where he continues to pursue an active schedule of performing and recording. He has performed with musicians including Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Mark Murphy, Judi Silvano, Kenwood Dennard, Greg Abate, Ray Santisi, Mark Greel, Al Vega, Grammy-nominated pianist Phillip Aaberg, guitarist Mimi Fox, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta, Patti Page, actor/singer James Naughton, and the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, among many others. His musical career has taken him on tours of the US and Canada, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Czech Republic, and Japan. Greg is also a faculty member at the University of Maine in Augusta and at Bowdoin College, where he teaches bass.
Mike Connors, drums
Mike Connors studied jazz drumming at Berklee with jazz greats Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson. He has toured internationally with the avant-pop group Combustible Edison, the 1999 Lillith Fair, Lisa Loeb, The Andre Rice Sextet and several national Broadway tours including, Bye Bye Birdie and Anything Goes (the Lincoln Center version). Connors has also performed for/on television shows such as "Dateline NBC", "Regis and Katie Lee", "Felicity” and commercials for Cinemax, PBS, Microsoft, NPR and more. He has played on soundtracks for the films Inspector Gadget, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gas Food Lodging and Four Rooms.