TIA FULLER 2018 Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Ensemble Director
When Mack Avenue recording artist, Tia Fuller picks up her sax to play, something amazing happens as the reverberations of her musical elixir fill the room. Balancing both worlds of performance and education, it is understood why this touring artist and full-time professor (at the Berklee School of Music), has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Superman College in Atlanta, GA, (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude), was 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, where Tia has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD (Me, Myself and I), I AM Yours DVD (Wynn Theatre) and also appeared on a 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, As well as having performed as the featured soloist with Beyoncé for President Obama at the White House.
An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia 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” and healing agent. Tia has released her third CD Decisive Steps, March 16, 2010, 2nd under the Mack Avenue label, which received the #1 Jazz Week rating for two weeks straight, #3 in JET magazines top jazz cd’s, and nominated for Best Jazz Album for JazzWeek. And in 2012, she released her fourth album, Angelic Warrior, which received praise from Wall Street Journal, New York Times and numerous jazz publications. Tia’s quartet has performed world-wide, including: Angola, Croatia, South Africa, North Sea, Umbria, Edinburgh jazz festivals, and NYC’s prestigious Lincoln Center’s: Drizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, just to name a few. Tia can also be seen touring 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’ Beautiful Life tour. She has also performed with luminaries such as Ralph Peterson Septet, Rufus Reid Quintet, Geri Allen, the Nancy Wison Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon Septet, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Chaka Kahn, Ledisi, Kelly Rowland, Jay-Z, Jill Scott, Pattie Labelle, None Hendryx, Sheila E, Valerie Simpson, Dionne Warwick, Janelle Monet, Patrice Rushen, Erica Badu and Aretha Franklin.
The dynamic saxophonist has been featured on the cover of Saxophone Today (March 2014), Jazz Education Journal (2012), and JazzTimes Magazine (June 2010). In addition, she has received numerous awards and marks of distinction including, winning Downbeat Critic’s Poll “Rising Star” two years in a row for Soprano Sax (2014), Alto Sax and Flute (2013). Tia was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey’s 2003 graduation ceremony, where she presented her “Journey to Success” speech. She also was the featured soloist playing the National Anthem in Detroit’s Tiger Stadium on Sept. 2009, and interviewed on Fox 5 News and Fox 2 News in Detroit and Washington D.C. As a devoted educator,
Tia is a a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music, where she directs the prestigious Rainbow Big Band and Rainbow All-Stars, in addition to 6 other resembles including repertoire and jazz improvisation classes. It is here and beyond that she believes her passion for teaching and inspiring students is due to her parents being educators/administrators in the Denver Public School District. In addition, she presents lectures, residencies and masterclasses at some of the most respected institutions in the country including: Duke University, University of Colorado at Denver, Superman College, University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, New Mexico State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, China Residency, and Rimon School of Music in Israel.