Interview: Tia Fuller Talks Beyoncé and Her Favorite Female-Fronted Jazz Albums


Tia Fuller

News | Feb, 22nd 2016

According to JazzTimes, saxophonist Tia Fuller "wields a silvery tone and is prone to serpentine improvisations that zig, zag, jab and sour with brisk fluidity.” An acclaimed leader, Fuller is an exceptional musician and composer with four dazzling albums under her belt.

In addition to being an accomplished bandleader and educator, Fuller is also currently a member of Beyoncé's band. For one night only, she will bring the swing to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Colawith her own quartet. Just ahead of March, which is Women’s Appreciation Month, we asked Tia to name her top five jazz albums by women bandleaders and talk about her experiences on the road.

Jazz at Lincoln Center: What is it like touring with Beyoncé in an all-female band?

Tia Fuller: It has been a transformational experience. I have learned a tremendous amount regarding how to function as a bandleader, businesswoman, and artist. From having eight-hour band rehearsals to 10-12 production rehearsals for tour, amongst being in a different country everyday, I learned how far persistence, optimism, and vision can take you. Furthermore, the sisterhood that we established has led to lifelong friendships that I know will carry throughout the rest of our careers. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to have first-hand experience touring with Beyoncé, as well as seeing how she works. It has allowed me to incorporate all of the lessons from creating a seamless set-list or creating a presentation, and bringing that to the world of jazz... so that we can continue to expand our audience.

JALC: What part of your show at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola are you most looking forward to?

TF: I am most looking forward to performing some of my new compositions that will soon be featured on my next album.  

JALC: What are your top five favorite albums with female bandleaders?

TF: My list:

Geri Allen -- "The Nurturer"

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Betty Carter -- "Droppin' Things"

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Terri Lyne Carrington -- "Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue"

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Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley -- "Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley"

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Esperanza Spalding -- "Esperanza"

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Tia Fuller will perform at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Wednesday, March 2nd. Reserve a seattoday!


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