Tia Fuller Mesmerizes Campus Theater
As I stepped into the eloquence that is the Campus Theatre, I was instantly greeted by the arc-deco architecture and painted murals on the walls. All of this amplified by the beautiful decor on the stage. I hadn't known that Tia Fuller was the saxophonist for Beyoncé, and that intrigued me as well.
There is such a common courtesy of respect that comes with playing Jazz. The quartet consisted of an upright bassist, a pianist, with a drummer playing a Gretsch-jazz style set with two rides on each side. As the quartet opened, each instrument clashed in a beautiful, jazzy way. As Tia soloed, she ascended beautifully in key. Although Tia is the star, she stood to the side as her other instrumentalists had solos. This is the Jazz common courtesy I previously alluded to. I enjoyed how the bassist used octaves as she played multiple notes at once. The quartet also used a call and response tactic, which is a profound element of jazz improvisation. Tia would play a progression while the other members would mimic that style, while staying in time. The drummer portrayed great work with his cymbals. I loved how he rotated between the two.
The defining moment for me with this show was after the second piece, Tia started to solo, and the band slowly, and gradually, stopped playing. You could both see and hear the passion Tia displayed through her solo. The stunned crowd couldn't help but watch in silence as Tia expressed her thoughts, feelings, and words through a beautiful medium -- all in a wonderful venue.