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    Gary Foster

    Ken French

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    Weber Iago

    Harold Jones

    Jerry Karp

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    Virginia Mayhew

    Mark Murphy

    Zaki Nadiri

    Kim Nalley

    Rebecca Parris

    Jean-Michael Pilc

    Rudy Salvini

    Jovino Santos Neto

    Irene Sazer

    John Schott

    Khalil Shaheed

    Todd Sickafoose

    Allen Smith

    Michael Spiro

    Kristen Strom

    Robert Strom

    Randy Vincent

    Scott Whitfield

    Dick Whittington

    Most Recent Castaway - 21st June, 2019
    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