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There’s little doubt that the late seminal singer-pianist Dinah Washington (8/29/24-12/14/63) remains as influential today as she was some six decades ago. One of the most popular vocalists of the 1950s, Washington had the exceptional ability to cross genres and avoid being categorized, which allowed her to deliver lyric couched in jazz, steeped in the blues and even housed within popular music. Her hits included interpretations of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Unforgettable” and “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes” – and making them her own.
We fast-forward to today where we find vocalist-pianist Champian Fulton who is one of those many who remains in awe of Washington. Three years ago, when she made her first “We Always Swing”® Jazz Series appearance, the Oklahoman-turned-New Yorker, turned out to be a pleasant surprise, indeed. Still just 30, she returns to present a program centered on one of her idols, delivering “Letters to Dinah Washington.”
Now a rising star, The New Yorker has described Fulton as “an assured vocalist with a galvanizing presence.” Mark Stryker, the veteran Detroit Free Press critic, called her, “The most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation.”
Holding her own on the piano, Fulton surrounds herself with her father-flugelhornist Stephen Fulton, veteran bassist David Williams and drummer Mark Johnson for these intimate performances of what promises to be a tremendous display of song and lyricism.
Champian Fultion Quartet