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Champian

Fulton

"... a balm for the soul. Champian sounds, always, like she's having the time of her life" ALL ABOUT JAZZ

 

“Champian is the most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation” DETROIT FREE PRESS

 

" Fulton is one ofthe rare pianist/vocalists who excels in both areas and has blossomed with each new release, displaying maturity far beyond her years." THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

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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).

Champian’s 2018 release, “The Stylings of Champian” is a two disc set that was named one of the Top 5 Jazz Vocal releases of the year by the NYC Jazz Record, alongside Cecile McLorin Salvant and Kat Edmonson.

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.

"...an artist who radiates the joy of creation with a luminescent personality. Her music reflects that personality, and—like the sounds of of Bud Powell and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong—it lifts the spirit high." ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Fulton’s knowing vocals and improvisational flair are as cutting-edge as anything happening in the avant garde. To paraphrase JD Allen,, sometimes the most radical thing you can do these days is swing.” NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

Champian is ambitious about recording her music.  As a leader she has eleven recordings to her credit.

Her debut album, Champian with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing (2007 Such Sweet Thunder Records) was recorded following a two-year residency at the famed New York Jazz Club Birdland. Her releases Sometimes I’m Happy (2008 Venus Records) and the breeze and I (2010 Gut String Records) featured her working trio. Champian’s following two releases, Champian Sings and Swings (2013 Sharp Nine) and Change Partners (2014 Cellar Live) were both recognized as being “in the top 10 releases of the year” for their respective years (NY Observer). Champian’s album, “After Dark” (2016) with Jazz luminaries David Williams on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, and Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn, features the music of Dinah Washington. In 2017, she published no less than 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). Champian’s 2018 release, “The Stylings of Champian” is a two disc set that was named one of the Top 5 Jazz Vocal releases of the year by the NYC Jazz Record, alongside Cecile McLorin Salvant and Kat Edmonson.

CONCERTS

October 3 - JazzLab, Melbourne Aus
October 4 - JazzLab, Melbourne Aus
October 11 - The Foundry, Sydney Aus
October 12 - The Foundry, Sydney Aus
October 19 - private event DC USA

October 23 - New Brunswick Jazz Project, New Brunswick NJ USA
October 25 - Ladies of Jazz Benefit Concert, South Hadley MA USA 

October 30 - Birdland Theater, NYC USA 

October 31 - Birdland Theater, NYC USA 

November 5 - JazzKeller, Frankfurt DE
November 6 - Le Pirate Rosenheim, DE
November 7 - Bar Gabanyi, Munich DE
November 8 - Jazzbar Vogler, Munich DE
November 10 - Schmids Laden Geisenhausen, DE
November 12 - Jazzens Vänner, Västerås, SE
November 13 - Eskituna, SE
November 14 - Katalin, Uppsala, SE
November 15 - Tisvilde Jazzclub, DK
November 16 - JazzCup, Kbh, DK
November 17 - Jazzclub Fasching, SE

November 19 - Mezzrow, NYC USA 

November 30 - Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego CA USA 

December 8 - Blue Note (Brunch), NYC USA 
December 14 - Winters, Chicago IL

December 19 - Live WUCF, Orlando FL USA 

December 20 - Jazz Corner, Hilton Head SC
December 21 - Jazz Corner Hilton Head SC
December 26 - Birdland Jazz Club, NYC USA 

December 27 - Shanghai Jazz, Madison NJ USA

December 31 - George Town Club (by Invitation Only), Washington DC USA 
 

2020

 

January 18 - Vermont Jazz Center

January 24 - North Carolina Jazz Fest, Wilmington NC USA 

January 25 - North Carolina Jazz Fest, Wilmington NC USA 

 

February 12 - Birdland Theater, NYC USA 

February 13 - Birdland Theater, NYC USA 

February 21 - 24 - JazzVox Series, Seattle Area USA 

 

April 3 to 6th -  Scandinavia 

April 13 - Austria 

April 14 - 16 - Jazzland, Vienna Austria 

April 17th to 27th - Scandinavia

“I think I’ve finally put my finger on what it is that I find so entrancing about Champian Fulton’s artistry: it’s how she manages, against all odds, to be so many things at once. Her vocal style is a unique amalgamation of the straight-ahead and the experimental, alternately declamatory and lyrical, off-beat and swinging, devoted to the song itself and determined to express her uniqueness–imagine listening simultaneously to Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone singing the same song, and you’ll get a general idea of what I’m talking about. There are very few singers who can make hoary standards like “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “Body and Soul” entirely their own, and she is one of them. But then there’s her piano playing, which is every bit as playfully inventive and rhythmically surprising as her singing, while at the same time swinging so powerfully that it’s hard to sit still while listening." CD HOT LIST 

"In an age when lots of albums try to sell you a bill of goods or present false deities, Champian makes her mark by just being herself. It's a novel concept that shouldn't have to be....Champian continues to dazzle and delight on this album, demonstrating that her truest voice may very well be found in her piano playing." Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz 

"loves to deliver unpretentious, swinging fun." - Downbeat Magazine 

“A charming young steward of the mainstream jazz tradition...” Nate Chinen, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

"An assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence." THE NEW YORKER

“[Champian’s] voice is a little bit of heaven here on earth. Subservient to each song (as it should be), she takes lyrics and makes them all into one-act vignettes, believable, honest, imbued with a veracity that transcends the art of vocalese into a kind of personal communication that will resonate deep in your soul. “ Mike Greenblatt for “The Aquarian” 

"...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." CABARET SCENES

“Fulton moves effortlessly and vividly from delight, to wistfulness, to wounded angst in a matter of seconds and makes it seem completely natural, the work of a deep and insightful individual and a rare force on both the keys and the mic.” NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY

"Champian Fulton swings! She's a fine singer and a highly skilled pianist with impeccable taste in tunes. Champian's also a refreshingly warm and gracious stage presence. It's been my pleasure to feature her music on Jazz a la Mode over the past 5 years, and to see her whenever she's in the area." Tom Reney, NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC RADIO

“Champian is the most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation”  Mark Stryker, DETROIT FREE PRESS