Champian Fulton was born on September 12, 1985 in Norman, Oklahoma to a jazz trumpeter father whose friends were Clark Terry and Major Holley. At five she took piano lessons from her grandmother and after trying trumpet and drums, she returned to piano and singing. When her father was hired to run the Clark Terry Institute for Jazz Studies, the family moved to Iowa. She went to jazz summer camp, where she founded the Little Jazz Quintet.
One of her early influences was Dinah Washington, particularly the album For Those in Love, which she played often as a young girl. She also admired Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Sonny Clark, Red Garland, Hampton Hawes, Wynton Kelly, Thelonious Monk, and Art Tatum.
Fulton graduated from high school in 2003, then attended State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied with trumpeter Jon Faddis. After graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a pianist and vocalist. She has performed at various venues playing with Jimmy Cobb, Scott Hamilton, Frank Wess, Lou Donaldson, and Louis Hayes.
She has worked with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Rutgers University. In late 2015, she joined the faculty of the Jazz Arts Academy in association with the Count Basie Theatre Education Department to offer workshops in jazz vocals and jazz piano during the summer. In 2014 she received the Rising Star Female Vocalist Critics Poll from Down Beat Magazine. As a leader she has recorded eight albums and continues to perform and record.
Nicole Glover was born on July 18, 1991 in Portland, Oregon. Her journey in music began when her father introduced her to improvised music at a young age. She began playing the clarinet at the age of ten, transitioning to tenor saxophone the following year. Blossoming in high school, she was one of 19 students from across the nation to be selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra national tour. The performances had her playing with Bobby Watson, Julian Lage and with Wynton Marsalis at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
After studying at William Paterson University, Nicole returned to Portland in 2011 and was invited to record on Esperanza Spaulding’s Grammy winning album Radio Music Society. She has since performed and recorded with George Colligan, Alan Jones Storyline Sextet, Thomas Barber’s Spiral Road and the Kerry Politzer Quintet, as well as her own jazz trio. Not limiting herself to jazz, her work as a member of Ural Thomas and Pain, won them Willamette Weekly’s Best New Band of 2013 and received an Emmy Award for their feature episode of Oregon Art Beat, and they have opened for Parliament Funkadelic and Booker T. Jones.
In 2015, Nicole released her debut album First Record featuring George Colligan on piano and trumpet, bassist Jonathan Lakey and Alan Jones on drums. A move to New York City in 2017 has seen her recording and touring with Gene Perla, Steve Wilson, Rodney Green, Winard Harper, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bill Goodwin, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Garrett, Geoffrey Keezer, Bennie Maupin, Bobby Watson, Mike Clark, Bill Stewart, Mel Brown, Rob Scheps, Terell Stafford, Helen Sung, Boris Kozlov, Dana Hall, and Scotty Barnhart. Tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover continues to perform and record across musical genres and expand her career.
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Ken Fowser was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 30, 1982 and began playing the saxophone at age eleven, picking up his father’s old alto he used while in the Air Force band. Playing through elementary school, he studied privately with Tony Salicandro at the New Jersey Conservatory of Music, It was there that his love of jazz developed.
This was followed with studies at the university of the Arts Philadelphia and his insurgence into the local jazz scene where he began making a name for himself. Opportunities came along for him to perform with Mickey Roker, John Swana, Larry McKenna, Bootsie Barnes, Sid Simmons, Byron Landham, Billy James, and others.
Leaving Philly for William Paterson University he received his degree in music in 2005. A move to New York, graduate studies at SUNY Purchase College, private studies with Eric Alexander and Ralph Lalama, and received his degree in 2008. With his already established jazz in-roads in the City, it was an easy translation for Ken to co-lead with Behn Gillece and record his debut album Full View with special guest pianist David Hazeltine the following year on the Posi-tone label.
Saxophonist Ken Fowser hosts a weekly jam session at Small Jazz Club in New York City and continues to perform, compose and record.
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Kate Paradise was born in Fort Worth, Texas on June 23, 1981 but spent a majority of her childhood in southern New Hampshire, about an hour outside of Boston. Her interest in music began at an early age, singing with her mom in church and taking piano lessons from her pastor. Excelling in small but supportive music programs, taking on leadership roles in the choirs and singing in the high school big band, she auditioned and participated in numerous New Hampshire Music Education Association All-State and Jazz All-State choirs.
The summer of 1998 saw Kate attending the Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program in Boston, Massachusetts and receiving her first formal voice training. Encouraged to further pursue her interest in jazz, a year later she enrolled at the University of Miami School of Music and spent six years earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance.
Paradise has received Downbeat Magazine’s student award for Outstanding Solo Jazz Vocal Performance and Jazz Vocal I, University of Miami’s top jazz choir. She has taught singing as a graduate assistant and began an active performing career as a jazz singer, appearing with Kurt Elling, Kevin Mahogany, Eliane Elias, Carmen Lundy, Claudia Acuna and Will Lee.
In 2005 she moved to Vermont accepting the position of jazz vocal educator at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Johnson State College and Saint Michael’s College. Continuing her performance career she quickly became a local favorite and in 2006 Kate released her debut CD, You Stepped Out of a Dream, on Sonic Mirage label. She is accompanied by pianist Joseph Davidian, bassist John Rivers, Geza Carr on drums, guitarist Nicholas Cassarino and John McKenna playing tenor saxophone.
In 2007, the track Mean To Me from You Stepped Out of a Dream was selected for Putumayo’s international release Women of Jazz. Currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, vocalist and educator Kate Paradise continues to perform, pursue her DMA, hold down a full time instructor of commercial voice position and is the director of the Downbeat award winning jazz vocal group, Jazzmin, at Belmont University.
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Noah Preminger was born on June 2, 1986 and grew up in Canton, Connecticut. While in high school, he studied with saxophonist Dave Liebman and went on to graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Releasing his debut album Dry Bridge Road, that was a sextet session with guitarist Ben Monder, pianist Frank Kimbrough, trumpeter Russ Johnson, bassist John Hébert, and drummer Ted Poor. Noah’s sophomore album as a leader came three years later in 2011 titled Before the Rain on the Palmetto label and featured a quartet with Kimbrough, Hébert and drummer Matt Wilson. Both albums received critical acclaim from Jazz Review, Hartford Courant, New York Times and DownBeat. Dry Bridge Road was named Debut of the Year in the Village Voice critics poll, making top 10 lists in Stereophile, The Nation and JazzTimes.
Preminger has performed with Billy Hart, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Billy Drummond, George Cables, Roscoe Mitchell, Eddie Henderson, Rob Garcia, Andre Matos, Dan Cray and Julian Shore.
Currently based in Brooklyn, saxophonist Noah Preminger has released eight albums since his debut in 2008 and continues to compose, perform and record.
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