Champian Fulton

Jazz Pianist and Vocalist

Backstage Pass: Meet the Band

As we get ready for a super exciting fall tour schedule and a NEW RECORDING (yay!), I want you to meet Adi, my bassist! Thanks to everyone on Facebook and Instagram who contributed questions. Check it out and enjoy!  (Coming Soon: "Meet the Horn Section") 


Meet Adi Meyerson [Bass]

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Where are you from?  I was born In San Francisco, and when I was 2 I moved to Jerusalem, Israel and grew up there. 

How did you meet Champian? After moving to NY I heard her name a few times on the scene, but I only officially met her a couple years later. I was walking down 9th Ave on my way home around 2 AM with my bass when I basically ran into her on the corner of 58th st. 

What's Champian really like? She's a girly girl who likes to talk about fashion, shoes, boys and makeup. She also loves football and Oklahoman fast food hamburgers. She's basically a badass ;)

Why did you become a Jazz bassist, and who are your influences? During my senior year of high school I was introduced to Sonny Rollins. I was playing electric bass and knew a little about jazz but wasn't really into it. After hearing "Tenor Madness" I fell in love with it and the feeling it gave. I tried to play like that on the electric bass but wasn't happy with the sound, so I switched to upright and fell in love with it.

My biggest influences on the bass are: Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Oscar Pettiford, Israel Crosby, Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, Bob Cranshaw.. The list goes on.. 

What's your favorite place you've visited on tour and why? So far, I really liked visiting St. Louis and Kansas City. I enjoyed the "Jazz history tour" in KC, and the BBQ in St. Louis. I'm really looking forward to visiting North and South Carolina in October. 

What's your favorite movie? Wow that's a hard one. I'm not a big movie person, but since I am a 90's baby, "Mean girls" always has a warm place in my heart.

What's your favorite food? Thai food, sushi, avocados in any form, a good steak, asparagus, seafood in all forms. It's hard to turn down a good doughnut or anything involving chocolate. 

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Praise for Champian's Latest Album "After Dark"

Champian's new album, "After Dark" A Musical Tribute to Dinah Washington, has been recieved with much acclaim! Read what people have to say below, and purchase your copy in the store or via iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.com

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 “A breath of fresh air on the american songbook” - JAZZ HOT MAGAZINE

"genius" - Wolfgang Sandner, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE

"4 Stars!" - JAZZ MAGAZIN

"great blues piano" - Richard Kamins, STEP TEMPEST

"sounds as if she loves...singing" - Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene

 “swinging, uncluttered, gently seductive” - LUCID CULTURE

“The latest from vocalist-pianist Champian Fulton is a tribute to Dinah Washington, which is great, but I’d be happy to hear Fulton if she were singing pages from the phone book. Swinging like crazy and burbling with creativity whether she’s singing or playing piano, Fulton, who turned 30 last year, would be a household name if the industry that propelled Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Jane Monheit to stardom could still work its magic.” Peter Hum, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

“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

"display[s] maturity far beyond her years" - Ken Dryden, NEW YORK JAZZ RECORD

 

 

New Album: "After Dark" to be Released in February 2016

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Champian's much anticipated new album, After Dark, will be released on February 9 2016. After Dark features the music of Champian's hero, Dinah Washington, and she is accompanied by Jazz luminaries David Williams on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, and Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn. Each tune was handpicked by Champian to reflect her personal favorites of Dinah's legendary repertoire; from well known standards such as "Ain't Misbehavin" to lesser known hits such as "Keepin Out of Mischief Now", you can expect every song on the album to transport the listener and "remove the dust of everyday life," as Art Blakey would say. Read what Champian has to say about the record in her own words, as excerpted from the liner notes:

"[Dinah] has comforted me when I needed it, made me laugh, and warmed my heart. In recording this album of her songs, I hope to do the same for my listener. I hope this record makes you smile, feel loved, and brightens your evenings. Put it on in those quiet moments After Dark."

While the street release date is February 9, the album can be purchased online right now in the store section of this website.

The latest from vocalist-pianist Champian Fulton is a tribute to Dinah Washington, which is great, but I’d be happy to hear Fulton if she were singing pages from the phone book. Swinging like crazy and burbling with creativity whether she’s singing or playing piano, Fulton, who turned 30 last year, would be a household name if the industry that propelled Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Jane Monheit to stardom could still work its magic.
— Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

Watch the music video featuring "What a Difference a Day Made" from the new album, and then be sure to order your copy!