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THE CHAMPIAN FULTON QUARTET FEATURING CORY WEEDS
From New York and Vancouver
CROSS-BORDER JAZZ SERIES
Champian Fulton – piano and vocals
Cory Weeds – saxophone
Paul Rushka – bass
Julian MacDonough – drums
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019
Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $24.00 for EJS members; $28.00 for non-members/guests
The Champian Fulton Quartet
Born into a musical family, Champian Fulton was mentored from an early age by her father, trumpeter Stephen Fulton, and by the legendary Clark Terry. Through Terry, she met other Basie-ites including Red Holloway, Butch Miles, Marshall Royal and Snooky Young. Red was a particular influence, instructing young Champian on the importance of stage presence and swing: "Red was very adamant that I learn how to swing and be rhythmic."
She is the result of a tremendous natural talent immersed from an early age in the lessons of bebop and swing. It is thrilling to hear the most profound elements of jazz music still bearing such fresh, sweet fruit well into the twenty-first century. Fulton is gifted with an expressive voice, clear diction, and a great sense of rhythm. Her music can't help but uplift a jazz fan's day.
Champian is ambitious about recording her music. As a leader she has nine recordings to her credit. Her fifth recording “Change Partners: Live at the Yardbird Suite” was recorded here in Edmonton and released on Cellar Live in 2014. It received a four star review in Downbeat.
Her childhood "near obsession" with Dinah Washington manifests itself in her album “After Dark”. It features the music of her hero, Dinah Washington. Each tune was handpicked by Champian to reflect her personal favorites of Dinah's legendary repertoire from well-known standards such as "Ain't Misbehavin" to lesser known hits such as "Keepin Out of Mischief Now".
In 2017, she released three albums - an instrumental one ("Speechless" - Posi-Tone), a wonderful recording with Scott Hamilton ("The Things We Did Last Summer" - Blau Records) and "Christmas with Champian" (Champian Records).
Recognized as a Rising Jazz Star by the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll, Champian also received the "Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year" at the 2017 Hot House Jazz Magazine Fans Decision Award Ceremony. Her “galvanizing presence” (the New Yorker) and her alluring musical presentation have made her “a charming young steward of the mainstream jazz tradition.” (The New York Times)
Joining Champian for this event will be saxophonist Cory Weeds who has appeared at the Yardbird Suite on numerous occasions, bassist Paul Rushka and drummer Julian MacDonough.