Photo by Valerie Cho
Pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton grew up surrounded by music. Her jazz trumpeter father Stephen Fulton was a colleague and friend of Clark Terry who was her earliest influence. Champian played with her own band while still in high school, graduating as valedictorian, and moved to New York where studied piano and voice, graduating from SUNY Purchase in 2006. Since then, she has performed in many New York City venues, including Birdland, Lincoln Center, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and Shanghai Jazz. At age 24, she has already played with jazz masters like Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, Lou Donaldson, and Louis Hayes, and others.
Champian recorded her debut CD in 2007 with David Berger & The Sultans of Swing. Her follow-up CD for Venus, “Sometimes I'm Happy,” was issued in 2008, and her latest, “The Breeze and I”, in 2010. Both featured her trio with bassist Neal Miner and drummer Fukushi Tainaka.
Champian has been involved in Jazz education from an early age, first assisting her father at Birch Creek Music Academy and later teaching privately. She works with LEAP NYC (Learning through An Expanded Arts Program) teaching jazz appreciation to New York Public School students. At Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist Program, she presents concerts and master classes to visiting schools. 2010 marks her first year teaching at Litchfield Jazz Camp.