Young steward of mainstream jazz steams ahead

Staff reports

The future of mainstream jazz is secure in the capable hands and voice of charismatic young New York City pianist/vocalist Champian Fulton. The critically acclaimed performer, who captivated audience members on her previous White Horse Black Mountain visit, once again brings her distinctive and sophisticated music to the intimate listening room Monday, Oct. 10.

An Oklahoma native, Fulton is the daughter of jazz trumpeter Stephen Fulton. Her parents recognized her fascination with music when she was small, and the presence of family friends like revered trumpeter/jazz educator Clark Terry intensified her focus on jazz.

Fulton had her first paid gig at age 10 at Terry’s 75th birthday party, and the example of Terry’s deep commitment to mentoring promising young performers has inspired her to perpetuate the jazz tradition through involvement in jazz education programs. Fulton cites Bud Powell, Red Garland, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington as musical influences on her formidable piano and vocal skills.

In addition to keeping up a full schedule of performances, including a two-year residency at the legendary Birdland jazz club in New York, she’s been active in the recording studio and has five well-received albums to her credit. She was recognized as a Rising Jazz Star in both 2013 and 2014 in Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll.

Full steam ahead

Who: Champian Fulton

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $12 advance, $15 door