Hello! My name is Champian Fulton and I’m an internationally touring Jazz pianist and vocalist based in NYC. If you want to read my formal bio, please visit my website (or scroll down on this page) : http://www.champian.net
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Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton grew up with music in her home. Her father (jazz trumpeter and educator Stephen Fulton) and mother quickly recognized their daughter’s interest in music at an early age. The presence of her father’s musician friends, including Clark Terry and Major Holley, also served to stimulate her focus on music. She began studying piano with her grandmother at the age of five, while she later took up singing, drums, and trumpet before eventually settling on piano and vocals. The family moved to Lemars, IA, in 1994 after Stephen Fulton became director of the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies. Champian participated in the summer camp jazz program there, where she met other young jazz musicians from her area and formed the Little Jazz Quintet. They would get together to perform a couple of times annually for the next few years, playing shows consisting exclusively of Terry‘s repertoire, including Terry‘s 75th birthday party.
Fulton graduated in 2006, then moved to New York City. Since then, Fulton has performed in many New York City venues, including Birdland, the Garage, Smalls, Cleopatra’s Needle, and Shanghai Jazz in New Jersey, while she has played with jazz masters such as Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, Lou Donaldson, and Louis Hayes, among others. She recorded her debut CD in 2007 (released in 2008) with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing, an opportunity that arose after Berger was introduced to her while he was playing at Birdland. Her follow-up CD for Venus, Sometimes I’m Happy, was issued in 2009, featuringFulton leading her trio with bassist Neal Miner and drummer Fukushi Tainaka. Her third CD, recorded in late 2009, features her father and her regular trio. Champian Fulton continues to focus on her dual role as a pianist and vocalist, though she hopes to expand her group to a quintet with two horns in the future.