How great it is to see so many women on top of their game, leading the pack in the jazz world. I have been highly impressed with the brand new release of one of those women who is a smart, sexy sister of the saxophone, flutist, composer and educator Tia Fuller. Tia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spellman College in Atlanta (Magna Cum Laude, by the way), and a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Now it’s a wonder how Tia even had time to get back into the studio to record as she has spent the last 5 years as a member of R&B sensation Beyonce’s band, has been Assistant Musical Director for Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society touring band and has been a part of drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project band as well. She really knows how to surround herself with Grammy Award winning artist and showcases what she has learned through them, not only with her approach to playing her instrument, but also with the editing, mixing and mastering process as well.
Tia’s latest release is called Angelic Warrior and is her 3rd release for the Mack Avenue label. Many of the tunes on here were written while on the road and are dedicated to specific people in her family that she refers to as Angels that have helped her along the way or who have been inspirational! The CD is a family affair with her sister Shamie Royston and brother-in-law Rudy Royston on piano and drums, with special guest Terri Lyne Carrington, piccolo bassist John Patitucci and vocalist Dianne Reeves. There are some great tunes on here that I can’t wait to share with you! Tune in all month long to hear selections and have an opportunity to win our CD of the Month from Saxophonist Tia Fuller, Angelic Warrior, on WEAA 88.9FM, The Voice of the Community!