Tia Fuller is a GRAMMY-nominated recording artist, professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and critically acclaimed bandleader and touring performer. Fuller has been playing the saxophone since she was in high school, going on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman University, and then complete her Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In the years between leaving school and becoming a full-time educator, she has performed with many of today’s most acclaimed artists, most notably touring with Beyonce’s all-female ensemble for a period of time. Fuller also regularly tours with artists such as Terri Lynne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, and Dianne Reeves, and has performed alongside Ralph Peterson, Wycliff Gordon, Jon Faddis, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, and Aretha Franklin.

An accomplished performer and bandleader in her own right, Fuller has recorded 5 albums with her quartet to date; the most recent of these, Diamond Cut, was nominated for the 2018 GRAMMY award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. This record was very deserving of the nomination; Fuller’s playing is strong, clear, and alternately playful and assertive, and her compositions call back to the halcyon days of jazz while still conveying her unique spirit and modern sensibilities. Her excellence has not gone unrecognized by critics, as she has been featured on the cover of Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines, won the JazzTimes Critics’ Poll for best alto saxophonist (2018) and the DownBeat International Critics’ Poll Rising Star award twice (2013 and 2014). Fuller also received the Benny Golson award from Howard University in 2018.

Apart from her musical activities and accolades, Tia Fuller is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and gender equality in the music industry. On the topic of Terri Lynne Carrington, her mentor and the producer of Diamond Cut, Fuller has said that “I’m representative of all of these women out here that are grinding. Terri (Lyne Carrington) served as that for me prior to me even knowing who she was. Seeing her on Arsenio Hall’s show, and then of course hearing her name on the scene, watching her on different TV shows. That was an unspoken, internal narrative that spoke to me, ‘She’s doing it, you can do it,’” she said. “For me, I don’t think it’s necessarily a historical thing, but hopefully I’m a beacon of light for not only other women, but men, too. And also changing this inadvertent narrative, the male, patriarchal perspective in the jazz world, actually in the musical world. (Women) have always had just as much influence over the music.”