Tia Fuller Clinic

Wednesday / August 3, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

Tia Fuller presents a clinic on two topics: History of Women in Jazz-From Early 1900s to Beyonce; and Mind, Body, and Spirit of Jazz Improvisation.

The first is an in-depth overview of key figure-heads of women in jazz, dating back to early 1900s through the present. Elements of how they shaped, molded, and define what we call jazz today in every configuration: vocal, big bands, small groups, etc. She will also address effect that the socioeconomic and political times had on the placement and roles of women in jazz.

The second topic is discussion of how nurturing the balance of intellectual/ analytical, physical, and metaphysical self is an important part of improvisation. She will also explore different practicing methods that will aid in a more successful approach to one's practice regimen and overall experience.

Fuller, saxophonist and teacher—who holds a bachelor of arts degree in music from Spelman College in Atlanta and a master's degree in jazz pedagogy and performance from the University of Colorado at Boulderwas selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé. As part of the I AM..Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour promoting the superstar's CDs, Fuller has played in various venues throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I), I AM Yours I DVD (Wynn Theatre) and also appeared on number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, BET Awards, American Music Awards and Total Request Live, and the 2010 Grammy Awards. Most recently, she also has performed as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House.

An accomplished performer in her own right, Fuller has recorded three CDs with her quartet. The first, Pillar of Strength (2005/Wambui), received praise as being "an exhilarating work that introduced her as a leader who strives for perfection" (Terrell Holmes, All About Jazz Magazine).  Her sophomore release, Healing Space (2007/Mack Avenue), is an offering of "melodic medicine" that the wide-eyed optimist sincerely hopes will serve as a healing agent for those who indulge in it. Her third CD is Decisive Steps.

Fuller's quartet was featured at Oris Watches/Time Tourneau building for WBGO and the American Jazz Museum's "Blue Room,"  and Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coco-Cola. She can also be seen performing regularly with a number of bands, including the Ralph Peterson Septet, the T.S. Monk Septet, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, the Rufus Reid Septet, the Sean Jones Quintet, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, and Wycliff Gordan Septet.

The dynamic saxophonist has been featured on the cover of JazzTimes Magazine (June 2010), as well featured in Jazz Improv Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Star Ledger, Downbeat Magazine, New York Times, New York Beacon, and many other print and online publications.