“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!
Pianist-Vocalist Champian Fulton's long awaited release, "Christmas with Champian" is being touted as the best new Jazz Christmas album of the year. With her personal song selection, listeners are invited to sit back and celebrate the season with Champian as she swings her way through this charming program of her favorites. Worth noting is Champian's beautiful rendition of the Los Panchos & Eydie Gormé hit, "Gracias a Dios", a selection inspired by her Mexican heritage; also listen for her original song "Merry Merry Christmas", written as a gift to her fans. "Christmas with Champian" spotlights veteran Jazz royalty David Williams on bass and Fukushi Tainaka on drums, who performed for over 30 years with Cedar Walton and Lou Donaldson respectively; and features Clark Terry protegé (and Champian's father) Stephen Fulton on trumpet and flugelhorn on a stunning rendition of "Christmas Time Is Here." A perfect balance of Christmas spirit and Jazz sensibility, "Christmas with Champian" is guaranteed to make your season bright.
"Champian Fulton, with a gleaming smile built in Santa’s workshop, is a charming vocalist and pianist with a fine entry into the Xmas canon. Christmas with Champian is a nice mix of standard and unusual material, filtered through a voice that surprises in its shifts between child-like and seasoned and a touch at the keys that is sweet without being saccharine." - Andrey Henkin, NYC Jazz Record
"Fulton's piano approach—especially in her solo turns—is a bit quirky, highly original, always inventive. Her vocals brim with appealing, fluid phrasing and gorgeous intonation—and soul. " - Dan McLenaghan, All About Jazz
“Holiday genialness comes naturally to Champian.... Christmas with Champian finds her dispelling the deadening familiarity of dry evergreens... allowing listeners to hear a shopworn lyric and melody as if for the first time. 4 STARS” - Frank John Hadley, Downbeat
"I can not think of anyone today who does more to preserve the American classics than Champian. As a musician and a vocalist, she takes the tunes of the masters and brings them to life today; and she does it with such a grace and 'swing' it seems like she has been doing it since birth..." - StreetCred Music
"Champian Fulton’s piano combines Erroll Garner’s serendipity and Ahmad Jamal’s dynamic calibrations. Combined with her impish vocals, Christmas With Champian (champion.net) makes a worthy soundtrack to any holiday gathering." - Kirk Silsbee, ArtsMeme
"Champian Fulton...has emerged in recent years as the most exciting vocal and pianistic talent on the straight-ahead jazz scene. This is a very nice collection of holiday standards (“White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” etc.) and more unusual choices: Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper,” for example, and an old Los Panchos & Eydie Gormé number titled “Gracias à Dios,” as well as a lovely original. As always, Fulton and her band swing powerfully and she sings like an unusually creative and playful angel. And her dad, trumpeter Stephen Fulton, makes a guest appearance as well. There’s simply nothing about this album that isn’t delightful, and since there’s a good chance that your library serves some of her growing legion of fans, I’d strongly recommend this one to all collections." - Rick Anderson, CD Hot List
"To be successful, Christmas albums, need to exude a certain joy of the season and this one does, from the finger-snapping backbeat of “White Christmas” (nice work by drummer, Fukushi Tainaka, throughout) to the closer, “Merry, Merry Christmas”, a lovely original number by Ms. Fulton. The rest of the album is filled with familiar songs of the season but thanks to Ms. Fulton’s first-rate piano work and the rock-solid backing of her sidemen; Mr. Tainaka, bassist David Williams and Champian’s dad, trumpeter Stephen Fulton, these tunes have new life." - Curt's Jazz Cafe
"This is a great jazz record in a Santa hat. Fulton never ceases to find both poignancy and exuberant fun in the least expected places." - NY Music Daily