Born in Oklahoma, Champian Fulton has become a world class Jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. She grew up with music in the home; her mother and father (Jazz trumpeter and educator Stephen Fulton) recognized her fascination with music at an early age. The presence of her father’s musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, inspired her focus on Jazz. Her first paid musical engagement was with her own band at Clark Terry’s 75th Birthday Party; she was 10 years old. Since then, her piano and voice skills have been recognized by peers and critics as distinctive and sophisticated. This young woman from Oklahoma captivates audiences in New York’s finest Jazz rooms and in concert halls around the world.
A mainstay on the vibrant New York Jazz scene, she has performed with musical royalty such as Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes. From New York to Barcelona, Champian’s swinging style and charismatic performances have made her a guardian of the legacy of Jazz. Champian’s heroes include Bud Powell, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington.
Jazz education is a concern near and dear to Champian’s heart, having been inspired by Clark Terry’s tireless advocacy for the perpetuation of the craft. Clark coached her on rehearsal techniques, performance etiquette, private teaching, and the business of the Jazz. Champian strives to impart this unique knowledge to students around the world, while being involved in educational programs such as Litchfield Jazz Camp and Rutgers Jazz Institute. Her skills as an educator in Jazz come from the highest authorities as she works to perpetuate the Jazz language.
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...the best new singer I've heard this year - make that
several years. - Francis Davis, The Village Voice
“A charming young steward of the mainstream jazz tradition...” Nate Chinen, THE
NEW YORK TIMES
...joyfully anchored in a style that’s pure, unmannered swing; She is a superb
steward of America’s own music at its best, and that’s a very welcome proposition.
[Champian] has helped keep a tradition alive not by copying the past but by simply being
herself. - Scott Yanow, NYC Jazz Record
...relentlessly swinging bebop-oriented conception and
chops. - David Orthmann, AAJ
...an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence. - The
...She's a true show-stopper. Time Out NY
...she's an authentic jazz artist... Zan Stewart, Newark Star