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Tia Fuller

  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Tickets ($35)

A masterful saxophonist and composer possessing “the brilliance of a diamond” (DownBeat), Tia Fuller has divided her remarkable career into two full-time halves, as an accomplished and uncompromising bandleader and as a collaborator to the stars.

At root she’s a hard-core bebopper, a Charlie Parker to Cannonball Adderley kind of player.
— The New York Times

Fuller began her career as a bandleader in 2005 with her debut release Pillar of Strength, and was noticed by R&B megastar Beyoncé, who called on Fuller to join her all-woman band, resulting in a six-year partnership that included multiple world tours. The saxophonist served a three-year stint on the road with bassist, singer and composer Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society band, and participated in drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic and Money Jungle projects, while lending her tenor to four albums with former SFJAZZ Collective trumpeter Sean Jones’ working group.

Fuller’s presents her 2018 album Diamond Cut, which featured appearances by Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Adam Rogers, Carrington, Sam Yahel, James Genus, and Bill Stewart.