Kristopher Funn was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing the trumpet at age four and took up the double bass at age 14 upon entering high school. Through the instruction of his father, Charles Funn, Kristopher performed his first professional bass gig the same year he began learning the instrument. Other early accomplishments included winning the “unsung hero” at the Fish Middleton jazz competition at the East Coast Jazz festival also in the first year of instruction. At age 18, Kristopher attended Howard University to study Computer Science while also performing in the Howard University Jazz Ensemble for two years. After graduating with an honors degree in computer science, Kristopher decided to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician, performing in several venues in the Baltimore Washington metropolitan areas.
At age 23, Kristopher began touring internationally with alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Since then, he has traveled to every major jazz festival in the world touching six continents performing with artists including Christian Scott, Joey Alexander, Sean Jones, Kamasi Williams, Benny Golson, Bruce Williams, Nicholas Payton, Warren Wolf, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Lorber and many others. Kristopher appears on several recordings including the Grammy nominated albums “Emancipation Proclamation” and “Ancestral Recall” by Christian Scott. Kristopher released his first debut album, Cornerstore, in 2017 and he continues to perform professionally in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area when not touring internationally. Since 2018, Kristopher is part of the jazz faculty at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins.
Ella Fitzgerald candlelight jazz tribute @City Winery DC
Dizzy’s Club NYC
New York, New York
w/ Sean Jones’ Dizzy Spells feat. Brinae Ali
Richmond Folk Festival
City Winery DC
w/ Joey Alexander
BUY THE ALBUM, CORNERSTORE at www.cornerstoremusic.com
John Lee – guitar
Herb Scott – saxophone
John Lamkin III – drums & cafeteria tables
Quincy Phillips – drums
Allyn Johnson – piano
Kris Funn – bass fiddle