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  • Champian Fulton (2019)

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    Pianist-vocalist Champian Fulton hails from Norman, OK. Having started on piano at age five, she later tried drums. She also experimented with trumpet, emulating her jazz-playing father, Stephen. Frequent visitors to chez Fulton included his friends Clark Terry and Major Holley, and when Stephen was hired to run the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies, the family moved to Iowa.

    A notable performance of Champian's came when she was barely 10 years old, at Clark Terry's 75th birthday party. Clark took notice of what an excellent singer and pianist she was becoming.

    Champian attended college at SUNY Purchase, studying with Jon Faddis. A decade or so ago, she was recognized as a Rising Jazz Star by the Down Beat Magazine Critic’s Poll. More recently, she was voted "Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year" at the 2017 Hot House Jazz Magazine Fans' Decision Award Ceremony.

    As a leader, Champian has recorded prolifically, and her album count is now in double figures.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Woody Shaw Setting Standards Spiderman Blues Muse
    # 2 Red Garland Red Garland's Piano Almost Like Being in Love OJC
    # 3 Freddie Hubbard The Hub of Hubbard The Things We Did Last Summer MPS
    # 4 Dinah Washington Sings the Blues Show Time Mercury
    # 5 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes Just Friends Verve
    # 6 Dexter Gordon Tangerine Tangerine OJC
    # 7 Erroll Garner The Original Misty I've Got the World on a String Mercury
    # 8 Sphere Bird Songs Quasimodo Verve
    Book The Complete Short Stories of John Cheever
    Luxury Item A Steinway grand piano
    Castaways by date
    David Benoit
    25 Jan
    Brian Bromberg
    26 Jul
    Greg Byers
    19 Jul
    Lori Carsillo
    18 Jan
    Champian Fulton
    21 Jun
    Stacey Hoffman
    03 May
    Darryl Jones
    16 Aug
    Clifford Lamb
    26 Apr
    Gunnar Madsen
    15 Mar
    Alex Monfort
    04 Jan
    Kassa Overall
    09 Aug
    Ralph Peterson
    23 Aug
    Pamela Rose
    29 Mar
    Omar Sosa
    22 Mar
    Claudia Villela
    12 Apr
    E.W. Wainwright
    17 May
    Kalil Wilson
    08 Jun