Playing Dinah’s dues

Champian Fulton happily admits to living in some sort of time warp. By rights, the 29-year-old jazz vocalist-pianist should have mixed her early jazz inspirations with contemporary rock and pop she could have heard on the radio.

Instead, it was a long gone jazz diva who caught the infant Fulton’s imagination, and has not relinquished that hold on her ever since.

“I never did listen very much to contemporary pop or rock and roll music that was on the radio,” says Fulton. “I heard, in the ’90s, say, Madonna or Prince but it never connected with me. Once I became obsessed with jazz I never spent much time listening to pop or rock.”


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