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Tia Fuller’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroAmerican musician
Is Musician 
Conductor 
Saxophonist 
Jazz musician 
Bandmaster 
From United States of America 
Type Music 
Genderfemale
Birth 27 March 1976
Age:44 years

Tia Fuller (born March 27, 1976 in Aurora, Colorado) is a saxophonist, composer, and educator, and a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé. Fuller is currently a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee College of Music.

Background

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.

Career

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.

Education

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.

Discography

As leader

  • Pillar of Strength (Wambui, 2005)
  • Healing Space (Mack Avenue, 2007)
  • Decisive Steps (Mack Avenue, 2010)
  • Angelic Warrior (Mack Avenue, 2012)

Compilations

  • It’s Christmas on Mack Avenue (Mack Avenue, 2014)

As sideman

with Joe Budden
  • Joe Budden (Def Jam, 2003)
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)