Champian Fulton with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing | Champian

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Champian

by Champian Fulton with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing

A recording for everyone who likes songs and singers. Fourteen new arrangements from the Great American Songbook, sung by the hottest new singer on the scene today, in her debut album accompanied by one of the premiere big bands in jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. I Didn't Mean A Word I Said
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2. He Ain't Got Rhythm
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3. This Is Always
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4. They Didn't Believe Me
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5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
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6. Get Out of Town
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7. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
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8. It's Crazy
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9. The Gypsy
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10. You Turned The Tables On Me
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11. Too Close For Comfort
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12. Romance In The Dark
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13. Just One Of Those Things
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14. Never-The-Less
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Champian Fulton
Vocals

Born in 1985, Champian grew up in Norman Oklahoma. Influenced at an early age by her father, Stephen, a jazz trumpet player, Champian fell in love with jazz. Surrounded by her father's musician friends, which included Clark Terry and Major Holley, Champian learned the language of the music firsthand. She began to study piano with her grandmother at age 5. As singing became more and more important, Champian began to play jazz piano to accompany herself at home.

In New York City since 2003, Champian has been able to become a part of the Jazz scene. Besides leading her own gigs Champian has been able to play with some world-class musicians such as Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, and Lou Donaldson. You can catch her at a number of different venues in Manhattan including Birdland where she sings every Tuesday night with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing.

Sites:
www.champian.net
www.myspace.com/champianfulton


David Berger
Conductor

Jazz composer, arranger and conductor David Berger is recognized internationally as a leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing Era. Conductor and arranger for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from its inception in 1988 through 1994, Berger has transcribed more than 700 full scores of classic recordings including nearly 500 works by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Mr. Berger maintains a close working relationship with Wynton Marsalis and continues to transcribe and arrange for, and on occasion, conduct the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

In 1996 Berger collaborated with choreographer Donald Byrd to create the Harlem Nutcracker, a full-length 2-hour dance piece that expands the Tchaikovsky/Ellington/Strayhorn score into an American classic. The 15-piece band assembled to play this show has stayed together and continues to play Mr. Berger’s music throughout the United States and Europe.

Berger has written music for television, Broadway shows, including Sophisticated Ladies; films, including The Cotton Club and Brighton Beach Memoirs; dozens of singers, bands, orchestras and dance companies.

David Berger's jazz compositions and arrangements and transcriptions are played by hundreds of bands every day all over the world. A seven-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Berger resides in New York City where he teaches at the Juilliard School.

www.sultansofswing.com
www.myspace.com/davidberger


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Graciela Carriqui

Really good singer
As a second generation jazz singer myself, I was pretty skeptical when I read the hyperbole about this singer. But she wiped my skepticism away; not only is she the first new jazz singer to come along in years that hasn't either bored me or gotten on my nerves, but she manages to embody the style, charm and chops of the golden era of jazz singers without sounding like an imitator of any one in particular (you can hear echoes of Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday, but they're not overwhelming). She also thankfully avoids the annoying habit of many modern jazz singers of incorporating pop or gospel references in their interpretations. I'm glad David Berger gave her the opportunity to sing and record with his great band, and look forward to hearing more of both. If she's this good at 22, we have a lot to look forward to.

dale mcnutt

champian
I absolutely love it, SHE SOUNDS FANTASTIC!

Janet Stevenson

Authentic!
It's rare to find a jazz singer, especially one so young, who has found an authentic style. Her singing is flawless and her piano playing is sophisticated. Champian should have a bright future as an artist on a major label.

James Roberts

Champian Fulton with David Berger & the Sultans of Swing
Really a great CD. Have My wife and I have listened to it several times. Champian does a great job singing the selected songs. Sent the extra copy we bought to our oldest son.