Tia Fuller: A Diamond in the Rough

The Origin of Music Jazz Music

The origin of Jazz can be traced back to the early 20th century.It place of origin is the great city of New Orleans, Lousianna. Since its creation Jazz has been used as celebration for many things such as weddings and funerals. Jazz is such a diverse genre , as it has many influences from many previous genres and cultures that were rich in Louisiana. Jazz music has produced many great artist over time and Tia Fuller is certainly on of them

About Tia Fuller Jazz Music

Tia Fuller was born March 27th 1976 and is Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader who uses the process of diamonds forming under four levels of extreme pressure and heat as a metaphor for the time she spent honing her artistic craft. When looking up the term ‘diamond cut,’ you’ll learn that it was not necessarily pertaining to the shape but to the proportioning and the balance as to which the highest amount of light is reflected through the diamond. The process serves as a direct correlation to her teaching and playing. Her Music has been described as “Melodic Medicine.” She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, (Magna Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder (Summa Cum Laude), was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with R&B star, Beyoncé.

Tia Fuller is known for being a trail blazer who went  from playing hardcore Bebop jazz to playing with one of the world’s biggest pop stars,  having a master’s degree, to being an esteemed professor at Berklee College of Music. She also has her own Album called Diamond Cut and was nominated for a Grammy. Tia Fuller will definitely go down in the Jazz history books.

Elements of Jazz Music


The 1930s belonged to Swing. During that classic era, most of the Jazz groups were Big Bands. Derived from New Orleans Jazz style, Swing was robust and invigorating. Swing was also dance music, which served as it’s immediate connection to the people. Although it was a collective sound, Swing also offered individual musicians a chance to improvise melodic, thematic solos which could at times be very complex.

Hard Bop

Hard Bop was an extension of Bebop that was somewhat interrupted by the Cool sounds of West Coast Jazz, Hard Bop melodies tend to be more “soulful” than Bebop, borrowing at times from Rhythm & Blues and even Gospel themes. The rhythm section is sophisticated and more diverse than the Bop of the 1940’s. Pianist Horace Silver is known for his Hard Bop innovations.

Cool Jazz

Evolving directly from Bop in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, Cool’s smoothed out mixture of Bop and Swing tones were again harmonic and dynamics were now softened. The ensemble arrangement had regained importance. Nicknamed “West Coast Jazz” because of the many innovations coming from Los Angeles, Cool became nation wide by the end of the 1950’s, with significant contributions from East Coast musicians and composers.

Commodification of Tia Fuller

Tia Fuller has a large discography which includes her album Diamond Cut which she has sold many copies of.

Conclusory Opinion

Tia Fuller is no doubt one of the greates Jazz artist of this generation. Her presence and the genre she performs represents the centuries of struggle African  Americans , especially African American Women, had to go through to  have the right to simply express themselves. Tia Fuller will certainly go down in history




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