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Tia Fuller: Angelic Warrior

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Saxophonist Tia Fuller has established herself as a prominent force in jazz today. You may have heard her performing in Beyoncé’s band, and make no mistake, this cat can play!

Tia was born in Colorado to a musical family—her father is a bassist and her mother a singer. Now a professor at Boston’s famed Berklee College, Tia maintains a busy performing and recording career. As well as her high-profile work with Beyoncé, she has recorded four albums as a leader: Pillar of Strength (2005), Healing Space (2007), Decisive Steps (2010), and Angelic Warrior (2012).

This latest album—admittedly a personal favorite—is a great display of her combined jazz and pop style, with Fuller on alto and soprano saxophone, as well as flute. Her sound is reminiscent of greats like Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, and Kenny Garrett.

Tia Fuller takes over the West End Cultural Centre on June 25 with her quartet—this is a concert you will not want to miss! Fuller also shares her thoughts on jazz in an intimate TD Jazz Lab late in the afternoon.

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