6914 4th St NW
Bassist Kris Funn has a tone that is instantly recognizable – whether on a recording or cutting through the din of a U Street Club. It is raw, aggressive and booming and yet never overpowers his fellows on stage. Funn cut his teeth on the U Street of the early aughts, playing nightly at places like Café Nema, before going on to get schooled in jazz performance from years on the road with Kenny Garrett. He’s maybe best known to jazz audiences outside of D.C. for his tenure anchoring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s “Stretch Music” groups of the 2010s, bringing that visceral swing to Scott’s booming trap beats and smoky and sharp trumpet tone. Around D.C. he leads the CornerStore, an electrified small combo – that comes in trio and quartet line-ups – that mixes up angular harmony, explosive guitar fireworks, hip-hop beats and melodies that hook you in.