Kris Funn talks inspiration and connection in our newest ‘CB Sessions’ video

Kris Funn is one of D.C.’s most exciting new bandleaders. The bassist/composer’s 2017 debut, Cornerstore, earned top marks on our best-of-2017 list, and his hustle hasn’t let up since that album dropped. 2018 saw the release of Bodega: The Cornerstore Revisited, plus a win in the DC JazzPrix emerging artists competition at the 2018 DC JazzFest.

In advance of Funn’s appearance at our Spotlight Residency — this Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15 — I sat down with Funn to talk about the inspiration fueling his fledgeling career as a leader. The video below features clips from that conversation, plus footage of Funn performing solo on the upright bass.

This video is the fourth installment in our “CB Sessions” video series — our first since 2015. It lives on our YouTube channel, along with others in the series and a slate of other videos. Don’t forget to subscribe, if you haven’t already.



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Jamie is an arts organizer and musician with a background in music composition and performance, writing, improvisation studies, sound and graphic design, and theater. In addition to his leader work as a jazz violinist/bassist, he regularly takes part in cross-genre collaborations up and down the east coast. A DMV native, Jamie recently returned to the area after some time in Massachusetts, where he assisted the Amherst College Concert Office and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with a degree in music from Amherst College. Reach Jamie at Follow him at @wjsandel.

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