Tia Fuller of the Tia Fuller Quartet. The Jazz artist's latest CD entitled "Healing Space" has made waves on the music scene.
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PLAYS JAZZ STANDARD - FEBRUARY 4
Saxophonist-flutist Tia Fuller and her all-female working band--pianist (and sister) Shamie Fuller-Royston; bassist Miriam Sullivan; and drummer Kim Thompson--will perform music from Tia's debut CD for Mack Avenue Records, Healing Space, Monday, Feburary 4 at Jazz Standard. Set times are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
With 10 original compositions, Healing Space explores themes of transgression, reflection and deliverance. "My prayer is that (Healing Space) serves as a healing agent for others and for people to feel uplifted when listening to it.
To not only aid in one's healing, but wholeness and restoration," states Fuller. Healing Space also features special guests on several tracks: label mates trumpeter Sean Jones and tenor saxophonist Ron Blake; and percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell.
Music filled Tia Fuller's childhood growing up in Aurora, Colorado, as her parents were jazz musicians. Her piano-playing sister Shamie was also an early influence, as Fuller began playing piano at age 3 and continued studying classical piano until she was 13.
During that time, she also began studying the flute. Her jazz curiosities sprouted while she entered middle school, but since there weren't any flute parts for jazz band, she switched to saxophone.
After graduating from Gateway High School, Fuller attended Spelman College in Atlanta, where she received her B.A. in Music for undergrad then the University of Colorado, where she earned a masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance in 2000.
After moving to the New York area in 2001, Fuller's name circulated as a skillful saxophonist capable of doubling on the flute in the jazz community, attracting the likes of T.S. Monk, Jon Faddis, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Gerald Wilson, Don Byron, and Jesse Davis.
In addition, Fuller (and drummer Kim Thompson) is also a member of R&B superstar Beyoncé's all-female touring band, and both are featured in Beyoncé's video, "Irreplaceable."
"This program of original music by saxophonist Tia Fuller recalls the memorable 1960s Blue Note years when jazz had soul as well as a melody that you could remember the next day."
- All About Jazz
"Tia Fuller tips the gender scales ever so slightly toward a position of equilibrium...but there's nothing slight or demure about her music, a vibrant and muscular breed of postbop that crackles with energy." - Bagatellen
TIA FULLER QUARTET
TIA FULLER - saxophone, flute
SHAMIE FULLER-ROYSTON - piano
MIRIAM SULLIVAN - bass
KIM THOMPSON - drums
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2008
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
116 E. 27th Street, New York, New York
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO RSVP PLEASE CONTACT:
Steph Brown at DL MEDIA, 610-667-0501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Tia Fuller on MySpace and at TiaFuller.com
TIA FULLER - HEALING SPACE - MACK AVENUE RECORDS - RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 2007