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 Spelman 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…part of the I AM..Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour. Tia can also be seen touring regularly with a number of bands in addition to her quartet, including: Terri Lyne Carrington’s grammy-winning ‘Mosaic’ Project and Money Jungle ‘Provocative in Blue’, served as the assistant musical director for Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society tour, and Dianne Reeves’ Beautiful Life tour.
An accomplished performer in her own right, Tia has recorded four CDs with her quartet. 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). Healing Space (2007/Mack Avenue), is “melodic medicine” and healing agent. Decisive Steps, (2010/Mack Avenue label) hit the #1 spot on JazzWeek and nominated for Best Jazz album for JazzWeek. In 2012, she released her 4th album, Angelic Warrior, which received extensive praise.
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: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, just to name a few. Tonight you will hear her longtime pianist and sister, Shamie Royston – piano, her brother-in-law Rudy Royston - drums and Mimi Jones- bass.
She has also performed with luminaries such as: Ralph Peterson Septet, Rufus Reid Quintet, Geri Allen, the Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra, Wycliff Gordan Septet, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra, Chaka Kahn, Ledisi, Kelly Rowland, Jay-Z, Jill Scott, Pattie Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Sheila E, Valerie Simpson, Dionne Warwick, Janelle Monet, Patrice Rushen, Erica Badu and Aretha Franklin.
Last fall Tia was part of a two-day seminar led by Geri Allen at University of Pittsburgh, that included: Curtis Fuller, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding.
She says playing music makes her feel as if she is a vessel for the Spirit to flow through. While listening to her songs, she wants people to be uplifted and experience a sense of restoration, compelling them to move forward not in fear, but in love and faith.