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Tia Fuller is one of the top alto-saxophonists in jazz of the past decade.
Her nominated album, Diamond Cut, is a smooth and striking collection that has brought the skilled performer, who once played with Ray Charles during her college years and toured with Beyoncé, to the next level.
Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller sparks an electrifying jazz performance when she hits the stage.
While the phrase “diamond in the rough” often describes burgeoning talents brimming with potential, Tia Fuller has exhibited impending greatness since emerging on the international jazz scene more than a decade ago. Now, her artistic capacity has blossomed tremendously, resulting in her fourth Mack Avenue Records release—the aptly titled Diamond Cut, her first album as leader since 2012’s Angelic Warrior. In those six years, she’s transitioned from being a member of Beyoncé’s touring band to becoming a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music, while still juggling a demanding career as a solo artist and touring with the likes of drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and drummer Ralph Peterson Jr., among others.
Produced by Grammy Award–winner Terri Lyne Carrington, Diamond Cut finds Fuller leading two superb rhythm sections, both of which contain some of jazz’s brightest luminaries—bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist James Genus and drummer Bill Stewart. Adding texture and harmonic support for several compositions are guitarist Adam Rogers and organist Sam Yahel.