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Tia Fuller, moers festival 2011
|Born||March 27, 1976|
|Origin||Aurora, Colorado, U.S.|
|Occupations||Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Educator|
|Associated acts||Beyoncé, Nancy Wilson, Sean Jones, Ralph Peterson, T.S. Monk, Jon Faddis, Kit McClure Band|
Fuller was born in Aurora, Colorado to jazz musicians Fred and Elthopia Fuller. Her father, Fred, plays bass and her mother, Elthopia, sings. She grew up listening to her parents rehearse in the basement of their home, as well as to the music of John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker.
Fuller began playing saxophone in high school, after which she continued her musical education at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia under the tutelage of Joseph Jennings. While there she performed with Ray Charles and in Atlanta's jazz clubs. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, and later went on to complete her Master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Fuller has regularly performed with a number of jazz artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson Septet, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Septet, the Sean Jones Quintet and the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra.
Fuller has led a quartet which includes Shamie Royston on piano, Kim Thompson on drums, and Miriam Sullivan on bass, and with whom she has recorded the albums Pillar of Strength (2005, Wambui), Healing Space (2007, Mack Avenue), and Decisive Steps (2010, Mack Avenue).
In 2006, she was a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé.
In 2012 she toured with Esperanza Spalding as leader of the Radio Music Society horn section, in which she played saxophone in dialogue with Spalding's scat singing.
In 1998, Fuller graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in music from Spelman College, and went on to obtain a master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Pillar of Strength (Wambui, 2005)
- Healing Space (Mack Avenue, 2007)
- Decisive Steps (Mack Avenue, 2010)
- Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue, 2012)
- with Joe Budden
- with Miki Hayama
- Vibrant (Art Union @ Jazz, 2004)
- with Sean Jones
- Eternal Journey (Mack Avenue, 2004)
- Gemini (Mack Avenue, 2005)
- Roots (Mack Avenue, 2006)
- Kaleidoscope (Mack Avenue, 2007)
- with Brad Leali
- Maria Juanez (TCB Music, 2007)
- with Nancy Wilson
- Turned to Blue (MCG Jazz, 2006)
- "Berklee Ensembles: Latin Jazz, South American Folkloric Music, and More". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- Official website
- Tia Fuller on Myspace
- Tia Fuller at Mack Avenue Records
- Tia Fuller profile at All About Jazz
- Pillar of Strength review at All About Jazz
- Tia Fuller at NPR Music