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, Funn 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, Funn 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, Funn decided to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician, performing in several venues in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas.
At age 23, Funn 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, Nicholas Payton, Benny Golson, Bruce Williams, Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Lorber, Kamasi Washington, Joey Alexander and many others. Funn has appeared on several recordings including the Christian Scott albums, “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow,” “Christian aTunde Adjuah,” and “Stretch Music.” Funn recently released his debut album, Cornerstore, and he continues to perform professionally in the Washington D.C. area when not touring internationally.