PA's Academy Jazz Band concert features Tia Fuller

Courtesy photoTia Fuller will perform at Phillips Academy on May 12.

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m., in the Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy campus, the Department of Music will present the Academy Jazz Band in a free concert with guest artist Tia Fuller.

Fuller perfectly balances the worlds of performance and education as a touring artist as well as full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music.

She was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé and has played in various venues throughout the world. She has also appeared on number of major television shows including the 2010 Grammy Awards.

She performed as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House. Tia is an accomplished performer in her own right and has recorded four CDs with her quartet, the Berklee All-Star, and just completed her fiftth trio recording, the Grammy nominated Diamond Cut.

Fuller's quartet has performed worldwide, including Edinburgh jazz festivals, and NYC’s prestigious Lincoln Center.

She also tours regularly with a number of bands, including Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning ‘Mosaic’ Project and Money Jungle ‘Provocative in Blue’, the assistant musical director for Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society tour, and Dianne Reeves’ Grammy winning, Beautiful Life tour. For her concert at Phillips Academy, she will be joined by an expanded  Tia Fuller's "Diamond Cut"; Tia Fuller – Alto Sax, Jeremy Alvarez - Trumpet, Ethan Santos - Trombone, Raven Moran - Guitar, Wilfie Williams - Piano, Ciaran Fontenot - Bass, and Ivanna Coesta - drums.

The Phillips Academy Jazz band, under the direction of Christopher Gagne, will perform works by Neil Hefti, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Bob Brookmeyer, Michael League, and Tia Fuller. The Combos will perform Thelonius Monk’s Blue Monk and Kamasi Washington’s Fists of Fury.

This concert is free and open to the public. Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible.


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