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Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra, but Let’s Not Forget Joe Williams!!!

Today, December 12, is the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth. It’s hard to miss, my social media is overrun with #FrankSinatra posts, and thereย have been innumerable TV specials commemorating the special day, not limited to the #Sinatra100 Special which included … Continue reading

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Letters to Dinah: A Tribute to the Late Great Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, is my first true love in terms of Jazz singing. Discovering her album, “For Those in Love”, absolutely changed my life.ย ย When I was little I would listen to her and her alone; until I … Continue reading

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My Time with Clark Terry: The Clark Terry Institute of Jazz Studies

I first met Clark Terry when I was 6 months old. I met him because my father, Stephen Fulton, and he had been friends since the late 1970’s. It would take me a long time to understand he was famous, … Continue reading

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Feeling down? Kind of Blue? Jimmy Cobb Can Fix That.

What is Jazz? Where is Jazz going? Jazz is dead! Nobody likes Jazz! These are all things I hear quite a lot. They’re in magazines, on blogs, on facebook, on twitter (check out Jazz is the Worst for some laughs), … Continue reading

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Champian’s Listening Party (Part 2)

A few months ago I had the great opportunity to get together with Jazz pianist / vocalist / radio host Judy Carmichael and record an interview for her public radio show, “Jazz Inspired”. I met Judy last summer while we … Continue reading

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