Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April is a celebration of the history, culture and relevancy of jazz as an art form. WAER Syracuse Public Media is continuing its annual celebration of JAM with a performance by an extraordinary modern jazz artist, Tia Fuller.
Fuller is known for her artful mastery of the saxophone. She has performed with R&B star, Beyoncé and is featured on the Beyoncé Experience DVD. She has also played with Esperanza Spalding, Jon Faddis, T. S. Monk and Nancy Wilson. In her own right, Fuller has released four of her own albums, the most recent being Angelic Warrior in 2012. A review in The Washington Post admires the record’s “duality,” praising that some songs “embody warrior energy” while others “sound ethereal and angelic.” The review suggests that Fuller is “forging new ground for women in jazz.” Jazz Appreciation Month was founded in 2001 by Dr. John Edward Hasse, curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. In 2003, Congress officially acknowledged the celebration, encouraging the development of programs and events that “explore, perpetuate, and honor jazz as a national and world treasure.” The event will take place on April 28th at 3PM, at The Palace Theatre in the Eastwood neighborhood of Syracuse. It is sponsored in part by Seneca Federal Savings and Loan; National Grid; and the University College of Syracuse University. Tickets are $20, or $15 with a WAER membership card or SUID, and can be purchased online at invite.syr.edu/waerjam, or by calling 443-4834.