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  • Castaways by date
    Claudia Acuña
    08 Jul
    Bruce Barth
    12 Aug
    Dave Bass
    06 May
    Ray Brown
    25 Feb
    John Calloway
    28 Oct
    Ndugu Chancler
    29 Jul
    Rana Farhan
    30 Sep
    Marque Gilmore
    04 Nov
    Scott Hamilton
    18 Feb
    Charles Hamilton
    24 Jun
    Jimmy Heath
    22 Jul
    Dave LeFebvre
    08 Apr
    Ivan Lins
    02 Sep
    Bruno Louchouarn
    21 Oct
    Joe Lovano
    05 Aug
    George Mesterhazy
    11 Mar
    Jason Moran
    04 Mar
    Bodil Niska
    01 Apr
    Jeff Oster
    21 Jan
    Eddie Palmieri
    02 Dec
    Kat Parra
    26 Aug
    Gene Perla
    03 Jun
    Rudy Ramirez
    29 Apr
    Putter Smith
    10 Jun
    Rory Snyder
    25 Mar
    Zan Stewart
    19 Aug
    Keith Terry
    18 Nov
    Kenny Washington
    09 Dec
    Bruce Williamson
    18 Mar
    Deanna Witkowski
    01 Jul
    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