IMW does not have it’s usual format program in October but we are working hard to bring this new fresh international voice for jazz.

Together with Madison Music Collective and the Union Theater we are offering excellent jazz education for October with the residency of Tia Fuller – incredible saxophonist and musician.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller’s Madison Residency

October 10-13, 2012


Fresh from her summer European tour with world-class jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves,

and in the midst of her global tour as assistant music director and soloist with

Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding’s new band (Radio Music Society),

Beyoncé saxophonist Tia Fuller will be conducting a four-day residency in Madison.

Free Concert by the Tia Fuller Jazz Quartet

Friday, October 12, 2012, 8:00 PM

The Sett at UW Union South

Tia Fuller, saxophone

Shamie Royston, piano

Mimi Jones, bass

Otis Brown III, drums

Tia Fuller’s Public Outreach Programs


“Introduction to Jazz” Workshop and Mini-Concert

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:00 PM

Boys and Girls Club’s Allied Family Center

4619 Jenewein Road, Madison

Free admission

“Mind, Body and Spirit of the Saxophone and Jazz Improvisation”

Workshop and Performance

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:00 PM

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

2019 Fisher Street, Madison

Free admission

“Women in Jazz” Brunch Program

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:00 AM

Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison

A talk with live music, video and a brunch meal

Individual tickets @ $25 (adults) and $15 (age 14 & under) or table of 6 @ $150,

available at


Perhaps best known for her years as saxophonist in pop diva Beyoncé’s all-female band, Tia Fuller is one of the most active players on today’s jazz scene.  Though in steady contact with the biggest stars in R&B, pop, and hip-hop, Ms. Fuller told Jazz Times magazine that “… when I first moved out (to the New York City area), I promised myself I would really focus on jazz and establish myself as a jazz artist.”  And that she has.

Last year, the music world shook when the dynamic young jazz bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding won the Grammy as Best New Artist over someone named Justin Bieber.  On the heels of that award, Spalding hired Ms. Fuller as assistant music director and saxophone soloist for her new band, Radio Music Society (RMS), and Fuller has been on a super-fast-paced global tour with RMS ever since.  In between her RMS gigs, Ms. Fuller toured Europe this past summer with world-class jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and the great drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.  Around all these gigs, Fuller manages to maintain an active touring and recording schedule for her own quartet.

Ms. Fuller’s terrific jazz chops have been on display in many high-profile settings, including the storied Monterey Jazz Festival, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in New York City, the Detroit and Kansas City jazz Festivals, and the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, to name just a few.  She has recorded with many of the brightest stars in jazz, like the Duke Ellington Orchestra, vocalist Nancy Wilson, reedmen Jimmy Heath and Don Byron, trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Turré, pianist Joanne Brackeen, and trumpeter Jon Faddis.  Ms. Fuller’s recordings as a leader include Pillar of Strength (2005), Healing Space (2007), Decisive Steps (2010), and the just-released Angelic Warrior (2012).

Ms. Fuller was born to musician parents 36 years ago in Aurora, Colorado, and grew up listening to John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Parker.  She started playing classical piano at age three, flute at age nine, and saxophone in middle school.  She did her undergraduate work at Spelman College, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a Masters in Music, Jazz Pedagogy and Performance.  A gifted educator, Fuller has conducted countless residencies, clinics and master classes at the middle, high school, and college levels.  Her teaching skills will be on full display in the outreach programs she will conduct during her Madison visit.


Denver-born Shamie Royston is an up-and-coming pianist in New York City’s jazz scene, where she has been a steady member of her younger sister Tia Fuller’s quartet.  Her performance credits include work with the bands of trumpeter Sean Jones, bassists Christian McBride, Lonnie Plaxico, and John Patitucci, and drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Ralph Peterson.  Ms. Royston is also an acclaimed composer whose works can be found on Ms. Fuller’s CDs as well as on her debut CD, Portraits (2012).  This coming April, she will be guest conductor Metropolitan State College Jazz Ensemble in Denver CO in a performance of her compositions.  Also an active jazz educator, Ms. Royston has adjudicated high school and college jazz festivals and has been a clinician for many top ensembles.




Born and raised in New York City and Manhattan School of Music Conservatory graduate, Mimi Jones (a.k.a. Miriam Sullivan) plays acoustic bass, baby bass, electric bass in musical genres including jazz, funk, hip hop, Cuban, free, folk, and pop.  She has performed with the legendary Lionel Hampton, trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Ingrid Jensen and Ambrose Akinmisure, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and pianist Joanne Brackeen, and is featured frequently at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.  She co-founded the group “Jazz Sabroson” with drummer Antonio De Vivo and took it on State Department-sponsored cultural exchange programs throughout South America, the Caribbean, and Africa.  She is also founder and leader of the Mimi Jones Band, featuring herself on bass and voice.  That band released its first CD, New Day, in 2009 and has performed at top venues in New York including Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Born to musical parents just outside New York City, Otis Brown III is one of the most in-demand drummers in jazz.  A graduate of the prestigious New School University, Mr. Brown studied under luminaries like Carl Allen, Lewis Nash, and Donald Byrd.  It was Mr. Byrd who convinced Brown, a music education major at the time, to pursue a career as a working musician.  Featured in the 8/7/12 issue of DownBeat, Mr. Brown is currently on tour with the Thelonious Monk  Institute’s “Jazz in America” initiative, Joe Lovano (trio, quartet and nonet), Steve Wilson’s quartet, the Bob Stewart tuba project, and the Oliver Lake Big Band.  His 2011 debut CD as a leader, “Thought of You,” includes generational peers like pianist Robert Glasper, saxophonist John Ellis, and bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding.  His considerable performance credits include Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, and Roy Hargrove.

Ms. Fuller’s Madison residency is co-produced by Madison Music Collective and the Wisconsin Union Theater and a partnership team with members representing the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Urban League of Greater Madison, The Links, Inc., the alumnae chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and the Madison school district’s Fine Arts Office.  The jazz brunch program is a co-production of Madison Music Collective and the Madison Jazz Society.



Ms. Fuller’s Madison residency is made possible by grants from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (with additional funds from the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation), the Madison Arts Commission (with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board), the Mary Lou Williams Centennial Committee, the Arts Midwest Touring Fund (with support from the National Endowment for the Arts), The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the MGE Foundation, and the Madison Jazz Society, with additional support from the Wisconsin Union Theater Endowment Fund, Presenting Sponsors Ward-Brodt Music and Liliana’s Restaurant, Tri-Unity Wellife, Janus Galleries, the Cardinal Bar, the Sheraton Madison Hotel, Drums ‘n’ Moore, Heid Music, the UPS Store-Fitchburg, and promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-89.9 FM, UMOJA magazine, and the Capital City Hues.