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    Peter Apfelbaum

    Rick Ballard

    Bill Bell

    George Brooks

    Matthew Clark

    Hal Galper

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    David Hardiman

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    Steve Heckman

    Dan Hicks

    Red Holloway

    Yoshi Kato

    Bob Kenmotsu

    Jeff Massanari

    Bill Mays

    Jason Myers

    Max Perkoff

    Roberta Piket

    Nate Pruitt

    Dean Reilly

    Kurt Ribak

    Roswell Rudd

    Joel Selvin

    Tim Solook

    Robert Stewart

    Bill Tapia

    Vern Thompson

    Rick Vandivier

    Peter Welker

    Patti Wicks

    Josh Workman

    Pete Yellin

    Michael Zilber

    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