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Champian Fulton: Christmas With Champian

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Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton may be the only kindergartner in history to take a Charlie Parker CD into school for show and tell. The effect of her presentation on her classmates is uncertain, but  she fought the good fight. Now, almost three decades after the “Bird Goes to  Kindergarten" incident, Champian Fulton can be found on the bandstand and in the recording studio, coming into full bloom as a top tier jazz artist, with nine previous studio albums in ...

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Champian Fulton & Scott Hamilton: The Things We Did Last Summer

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Sometimes it's destiny. In the case of pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton: Her father, Stephen Fulton, is a jazz trumpeter who, early on, exposed his daughter to the sounds of classic jazz, to the exclusion of the then current popular sounds. Also, legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, Stephen's friend,  hung around the Fulton house from Champian's earliest days, and slipped into a mentoring role  for the young woman as she became a professional in her pre-teen years. But most tellingly, upon entering kindergarten ...

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Champian Fulton: Speechless

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Speechless is a date that may be best classified as a centrist statement, but it's far from the norm for Champian Fulton. While many have come to know and admire Fulton for her arresting vocals and piano work, both usually given in service to Great American Songbook classics, she's not conforming to those expectations here. For her eighth album in total, and her debut on the Posi-Tone imprint, Fulton is staying completely mum for the first time, putting her piano ...

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Champian Fulton: After Dark

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Veteran New York pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton offers another recording of time-honored standards on After Dark, except this particular effort focuses on the music of the Queen of the Blues, the music of the great Dinah Washington, who was her first major vocalist influence early on in her life. Though she grew up listening to Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Helen Humes among others, it was the sound of Dinah's voice that left the biggest impression and this album, ...

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Love Songs by Champian Fulton

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The Champian Fulton TrioBirdlandNew York City, USADecember 16, 2010“Please welcome Champian Fulton," Birdland's proprietor, John Valente, announced at six o'clock on Thursday night, December 16th, 2010. Why the unusual early start time? Hush, hush, Fulton had arranged to showcase her trio for Palmetto Records. Opening with “No One Loves Me, Exactly Like You," and Cole Porter's “If It's All Right with You," with its startling change in tempo, there's was no doubt: she's ...

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Champian Fulton: The Breeze and I

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Unlike the catholic approach to music evinced by many of today's young artists, the twenty-five year old singer and pianist Champian Fulton positively thrives in the confines of the American Popular Songbook. To cite one example from The Breeze and I, Fulton's fourth disc as a leader, an instrumental version of “My Heart Stood Still" includes an introduction which quotes “The Trolley Song" and, in the middle of her solo, references “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top." During the ...

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Champian Fulton: The Breeze and I

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For anyone unfamiliar with her music, Champian Fulton is a delightful surprise--a waft of fresh air; a ray of sunshine that can brighten the darkest day. Fulton is a versatile pianist and singer who ingrains herself into the sentiment of a song. She has depth, emotional pitch and depth that rise to a high degree. It isn't surprising then, that besides leading her own groups in New York City (where she has been based since 2003), she has ...

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Champian Fulton: Sometimes I'm Happy

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The daughter of jazz trumpeter Stephen Fulton, Champian Fulton had plenty of early exposure to the music through her father. She began piano lessons at the age of five and as she grew interested in singing as well, she began accompanying herself. Fulton is a refreshing change from many of the singing jazz pianists of the past two decades, as she excels in both areas while never resorting simply to doing the minimum to get by in ...

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Champian Fulton: Champian

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Nobody does Duke-style big band music better than David Berger's Sultans of Swing, so just hearing this big band so attuned to swing with such Ellington-ian touches as muted lead and solo brass voices, and weaving saxophones and clarinets is a joy. That the arrangements all feature singer Champian Fulton is not always such a plus. Berger, like his idol the Duke, seems less perspicacious in his appraisal of singers than instrumentalists. But Ellington rarely featured a singer for more ...

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Champian Fulton: Champian

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Anyone who wants to know what old-time swing and big band music is all about--or, for that matter, longs to revisit it--must check out Champian, which features vocalist Champian Fulton with David Berger & The Sultans of Swing. Furthermore, anyone who wants a definition of adult sensuality and sexiness, as relayed in the words of a song and how they are delivered, would do well to listen carefully to the interplay between Fulton and Berger's band playing his top-notch arrangements. ...