“I always had a clear idea of what I wanted my music to be about. Of course, I’m well into swing and the swinging feeling. I wanted to be the most swinging person. I have not yet achieved that but it’s still up there. And in sort of an odd way, I wanted to be super melodious and super swinging like Clark (Terry). I wanted to be a bebopper. I wanted to combine those two things and go from there, both vocally and musically,” she says. “
In 2006 I released my first album and this year I will release my 10th. “The Stylings of Champian” is a TWO DISC SET featuring my current band, Hide Tanaka on bass, Fukushi Tainaka on drums and Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn. Recorded one afternoon in May at my favorite studio Systems Two, these 85 minutes of music represent the joy and delight I have found in sharing my music with audiences around the world.
Pre-Order your copy now and it will ship on October 6; Pre Saves (Spotify etc) on October 12, OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE October 26.
To help me celebrate this milestone, tune in to https://www.concertwindow.com/champianfulton on Saturday October 13 at 8 PM Eastern Time (local NYC time) for a LIVE streaming concert!
Champian was featured in Bria Skonberg's new project, "Sisterhood of Swing", an all female big band, which performed for the opening night of Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night Swing". Check out this review in the New York Music Daily:
"At the risk of getting into serious trouble saying this, there hasn’t been such a stunning display of jazz talent on any New York stage this year as there was last night at the kickoff of Lincoln Center’s annual Midsummer Night Swing festival. The inspiration for the mighty big band, the Sisterhood of Swing, was the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated, all-female swing group, who debuted eighty-one years ago. As bandleader, trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg took care to remind the audience who packed Damrosch Park, those women risked their lives playing music together.
At the piano, Champian Fulton delivered purist, masterfully spacious, blues-drenched lines that fit the material perfectly, especially when the band threw her what could have been the night’s longest solo. In her first turn on the mic, she projected with a surprisingly steely intensity, then a second time around worked knowingly triumphant, bluesy, Dinah Washington-inspired melismas. "
Come see Champian on Tour this summer, with stops in Barcelona, Paris, London, Ohio and more ! If you catch a show, be sure to use #ChampianLive to share your pictures / videos!
For tickets and info visit: champian.net/schedule
Female Vocalist of the Year from Hot House Jazz Magazine (2017)
Champian is thrilled to announce an American and European summer tour that begins on May 5 in Belgium at the Jazz à Liege Festival. The 30+ date tour will see Champian performing songs from her 9 recordings including the "unpretentious, swinging and fun" (Downbeat Magazine) 2017 release "Speechless" featuring Champian's original compositions. Hot House Jazz Magazine's Female Vocalist of the Year, Champian also released "The Things We Did Last Summer", a collaboration with iconic American Jazz tenor Scott Hamilton, and will be performing with Hamilton for several concerts including the Entraigues Festival (France) and the Wigan Jazz Festival (UK). "This is Jazz as party music and entertainment" (NY Music Daily).
"...joyfully anchored in a style that’s pure, unmannered swing; She is a superb steward of America’s own music at its best, and that’s a very welcome proposition." CABARET SCENES
The poster with the newly added dates is above (yellow) and this is the original poster including the concerts in May.
Champian premiered a new project, the music of "Porgy and Bess", in Paris with the Gilles Naturel Nonet featuring Ronald Baker on trumpet / vocals. Take a listen!