The Tia Fuller Quartet

The Joy of Sax

Wednesday, November 16, 7:30pm, Bowker Auditorium

Saxophonist Tia Fuller definitely leaves an impression. Influenced by legends such as Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane, her playing is dynamic and fluid as she navigates the trickiest of lines with a tone that is rich and meaty. It’s a sound that works well in the modern brand of straight-ahead bebop she writes for her quartet, but Fuller is also flexible enough to play in Beyoncé’s all-woman touring band.

Billy Taylor Jazz Residency Artist

Reserved Seating: $25, $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10

Jazz musicians are blessed with the desire and ability to play a genre that has a history as rich as its sound. All the greats, past and present know that it’s not enough to simply play the notes, one has to live the music and feel it with every breath. When Mack Avenue recording artist, Tia Fuller picks up her sax to play, the two become one and something amazing happens as the notes and reverberations of her musical elixir fill the room. Suddenly, everything in the universe feels right and it’s easy to see and hear why this artist and teacher, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude), was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé. As part of the I AM..Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour promoting the superstar’s CD’s, Tia has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I) and also appeared on number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live.

An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia has recorded three CDs with her quartet. The first, Pillar of Strength (2005/Wambui), received praise as being “an exhilarating work that introduced her as a leader who strives for perfection” (Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz Magazine). Her sophomore release, Healing Space (2007/Mack Avenue), is an offering of “melodic medicine” that the wide-eyed optimist sincerely hopes will serve as a healing agent for those who indulge in it. Tia will be releasing her third CD “Decisive Steps”, Jan. 2010, which will be her second offering under the Mack Avenue label. Her quartet was recently featured at Oris Watches/ Time Tourneau building for WBGO’s jazz festival. Tia can also be seen performing regularly with a number of bands, including the Ralph Peterson Septet, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Septet, the Sean Jones Quintet, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, and Wycliff Gordan Septet.

The dynamic saxophonist has been featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Star Ledger, Downbeat Magazine and many other print and online publications. In addition to receiving numerous awards and marks of distinction, Tia was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey’s 2003 graduation ceremony, where she presented her “Journey to Success” speech. She also be featured solist playing “The National Anthem” for Detroit Tiger Stadium in Sept. 2009. Also, in January 2008, she had the privilege of participating in a press conference with pianist and composer, Danilo Perez and the Governor of the Republic of Panama, Carlos A. Villarino.

Tia believes her passion for teaching and inspiring students is in her genes because her parents were educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District. As a devoted educator, she presents lectures and teaches ensembles and masterclasses at some of the most respected institutions in the country, including Stanford University’s “Jazz Workshop,” the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the IAJE Jazz Convention, Purchase College, WBGO’s “Children in Jazz” Series, Duquesne University and Panama Jazz Festival.

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5 Replies to “The Tia Fuller Quartet”

  1. OH MY GOD!!! Tia Fuller blew the roof off the joint! She was dazzling, and her quartet was pedal-to-the-metal awesome. She is not only a fabulous jazz musician, but a warm and charming performer AND an inspirational human being. I feel blessed to have seen her.

  2. I’m trying to find the words. I guess it’s hard because Tia and her band left me speechless!! I found myself mesmerized and enchanted and in awe of this wonderful, warm, beautiful talent. She and her quartet, for the first time in my life gave me the opportunity to experience the oneness, the greatness, the spiritual and sublime joy of being invited to swim in the “ebb and flow” of the rhythm of life expressed through her music. Thank you.

  3. WOW! Amazing performance by Tia and the whole quartet. They are all virtuosos in their own right as well as being able to play together. I was so reminded of Betty Carter singing with each member of her groups and was so delighted to hear that the drummer played with her. Look forward to more women jazz musicians coming to the FAC.

  4. I had a blast. Tia was engaging. Her music, pulsating. Her musicians are exceptional! One can tell by their expressions throughout the performance, that they enjoy playing together. I enjoyed the selections and the crowd interaction. Always refreshing to see women play instruments that men traditionally dominate. Fantastic performance!

  5. Tia certainly is a very positive energetic force. I loved the way she engaged and supported music students in the audience.

    I love Bowker-an intimate venue for shows!

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