CountyPrince George's County
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2018
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 malor jazz festival in the world touching six continents performing with artists including Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Benny Golson, Bruce Williams, Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Lorber, Kamasi Washington, Joey Alexander and many others. Kristopher has appeared onseveral recordings including the Christian Scott albums, 'Yesterday You Said Tomorrow", "Christian aTunde Adjuah" and "Stretch Music". Kristopher recently released his debut album, Cornerstore, and he continues to perform professionally in the Washington D.C. area when not touring internationally.