Hi everybody! I haven’t written in a little while and sooooooo much has happened in my life since 2017!! If you stay in touch with me on my social media accounts (like facebook, twitter, or insta) you know that I recently released my 10th album, “The Stylings of Champian” and that I’ve been on tour a lot since October celebrating its release. In fact, according to my mother I have now performed in 20 countries over 5 continents (thanks for keeping track mom!) and I recently completed two of my lifelong Jazz nerd goals:
I was FINALLY able to visit Copenhagen Denmark, where I performed two nights at Jazzhus Montmarte. Now, this is a very important club in the history of Jazz not only because many of my Jazz heroes have played there, such as Bud Powell, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, etc., but because it was also the European home-base for Dexter Gordon. I have always wanted to visit this magical club with the masks on the wall, and feel the vibes of Dexter Gordon reverberate in the room. Let me tell you, this experience did not disappoint. For this Jazz nerd, it was truly sacred ground and I am honored and pleased to have been able to play on that stage and walk the streets of Dexter Gordon.
In addition to playing on such hallowed ground, I was also finally able to hear and meet the Jazz drummer Alvin Queen. First off, let me say, I was on a very grueling tour schedule across western Canada and Europe and I was really looking forward to my 1 scheduled day off in Copenhagen. I was wondering what I would do (could I find Dexter Gordon’s former apartment address? What kind of amazing Danish food could I consume? What beautiful landmarks could I visit?) when I went on FB and saw a post from Alvin saying he had a concert in Copenhagen, ON MY DAY OFF, and that it was at a Jazz Record Store mere minutes from my hotel, during the afternoon. I was absolutely thrilled.
There is a special joy to meeting a fellow Jazz musician in “the wild”, and my good luck being what it was, I happened to run into him on the street just outside the club. Now, it was raining and I was wearing a bright yellow rain jacket, but I looked at him and said, “Mr. Queen!” and he said “Miss Fulton!” without missing a beat. Once inside, the only seat remaining was the seat nearest the drums (my absolute favorite place to sit!) and I enjoyed the entire afternoon concert. If you’re not familiar with Alvin Queen’s music, he has a new record out dedicated to Oscar Peterson, with whom he played many years. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My58_yt5AAY
I loved Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen. I had delicious food, met wonderful people, walked the streets of Dexter Gordon, heard Alvin Queen, loved the rainy weather and attempted to imitate the famous album cover “Getting Around” by Dexter Gordon. I can’t wait to return (which actually, I’ll be on tour in Scandinavia in November, so I’ll see you then!)
Thank you so much for reading!