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Kris Funn

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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

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Article: Live Review

The Baylor Project at the DC Jazz Festival

Read "The Baylor Project at the DC Jazz Festival" reviewed by Bridget A. Arnwine


The Baylor Project The District Wharf The DC Jazz Festival jny: Washington, DC September 3, 2022 The 18th Annual DC Jazz Festival (August 31—September 4, 2022) closed out five days of music with a weekend of spectacular performances at The District Wharf, an outdoor space teeming with restaurants, shopping and ...

Album

Axiom

Label: Ropeadope / Stretch Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: I Own the Night; The Last Chieftain; Guinnevere; Songs She Never Heard; Sunrise in Beijing; Huntress; Incarnation; West of the West; Diaspora; Introductions; Guinnevere (alternative take); The Last Chieftain (alternative take).

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Article: Album Review

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Axiom

Read "Axiom" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


As evidenced here, those in attendance for Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah's 2020 engagement at New York's Blue Note from March 11-15 witnessed what turned out to be some of the most powerful performances of this restricted musical year, just before everyday life changed for most people on the planet. The record is dedicated to the victims ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2019" reviewed by John Kelman


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27 -July 1, 2019 Forty years. Not a lifetime, perhaps, but a remarkably long time for any festival to not only continue to exist but, despite increasing challenges, to thrive. An even greater achievement when it's the Festival International de ...

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Article: Year in Review

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

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Article: Live Review

Joey Alexander Trio With Chris Potter at SFJAZZ

Read "Joey Alexander Trio With Chris Potter at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Joey Alexander Trio with Chris PotterSFJAZZ San Francisco, CA December 13, 2018 Child prodigies have long maintained an important presence in jazz. These have included Bix Beiderbecke, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Keith Jarrett. Jarrett gave his first formal recital at the age of seven. Hancock performed on piano with the ...

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Article: Interview

Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller

Read "Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Kris Funn didn't start out on bass but, coming from a musical family, there was little chance he wouldn't at least test the water and see what music was all about. In time, the bass reached out and grabbed him. He's since had a career that has had him playing his immense bass skills ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Legend Benny Golson To Appear At Baltimore's Jazzway 6004

Jazz Legend Benny Golson To Appear At Baltimore's Jazzway 6004

Internationally-acclaimed bebop/hard bop saxophonist, composer, and educator Benny Golson, who will turn 90 years old in January 2019, will appear at Baltimore’s Jazzway 6004 on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The NEA Jazz Master and newly-inducted member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame will perform his famous tunes such as “Killer Joe,” “Whisper Not,” ...

Album

Cornerstore

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Welcome; Visceral; Gemini; Boombox; Ghettobird; Thursday Night Prayer Meeting; Wish; Pif; Arithmetricks; Mind Control; The Day After.


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