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 Sean Jones, Benny Golson, Bruce Williams, Nicholas Payton, Warren Wolf, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Majors, Jeff Lorber, Christian Scott and many others. Kristopher has appeared on several recordings including the Christian Scott albums, “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow” , “Christian aTunde Adjuah” and “Stretch Music”. He continues to perform professionally in the Washington D.C. area when not touring internationally.
San Francisco, CA
Lake Ann Jazz Fest
Detroit Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazzz Festival
Ivy City Smokehouse
Capital City Jazz Cruise
Father and Son concert
Westminster Jazz in Southwest
Art Blakey Tribute
An impromptu Phife Dawg tribute….
I wrote this song a while ago about the confusion and euphoria I experienced as a child when I discovered hip hop through my neighbor Jimmy’s boombox up the street.
John Lee – guitar
Herb Scott – saxophone
John Lamkin III – drums & cafeteria tables
Kris Funn – bass fiddle
“and to top it off Starks got ejected”