Swing is the musical manifestation of forward motion. To achieve one’s goals, one must take giant steps. Today’s modern musicians at the change of the 21st century are moving miles ahead, advancing the jazz continuum, while remaining open and engaged in other musical inventions and dimensions. The astonishingly gifted, Colorado-born, alto / soprano saxophonist / flautist Tia Fuller is such an artist. She is at home at all points of the musicverse – from her show-stopping solos as a member of superstar Beyoncé’s all-female band, to her scintillatingly swinging jazz dates and recordings. Her newest Mack Avenue release Decisive Steps, is the long-awaited follow-up to her 2007 label debut Healing Space. It features her Beyoncé bandmate, drummer Kim Thompson; bassist Miriam Sullivan; Fuller’s sister, Shamie Royston on piano and Fender Rhodes; with special guests, trumpeter Sean Jones and bassist Christian McBride (both Mack Avenue label mates); vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and tap dancer Maurice Chestnut
Saxophonist Ryan Kilgore, a fourth generation sax player from Atlanta, Georgia, is stoked on life, and for good reason. Following a successful run performing with Tyler Perry’s “The Marriage Counselor”, Ryan is currently touring with musical icon Stevie Wonder on Stevie’s first world tour in 15 years. When asked what it’s like to recreate such well known horn parts on songs that have not been performed in years, Ryan replied “It’s an unbelievable experience and honor to be a part of this tour and of Stevie’s music”. Ryan has worked with legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and has performed on the movie soundtracks for “Country Bears” (Walt Disney), and “The Fighting Temptations” (Paramount Pictures) with vocalist Faith Evans. He has also made cameo appearances as a musician in the films “Drumline” (20th Century Fox), “The Fighting Temptations” (Paramount Pictures), and Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” (Paramount Pictures). As a freelance artist, Ryan has opened for David Sanborn, Stanley Clarke, and Kirk Whalum, and shared the stage with artists such as Terry Cummings, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Mike Phillips. A native of Atlanta, Ryan attended Clark Atlanta University where he was proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc.