LIVE: The Tia Fuller Quartet @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, 9/30/11

October 4th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Tia Fuller and drummer Rudy Royston

Tia Fuller and drummer Rudy Royston

In the wake of her tour de force performance at Freihofer Jazz Festival at SPAC earlier this summer, larger than life saxophonist Tia Fuller returned to town on Friday for her second Nippertown appearance in just three months. And once again she served up an explosive evening of jazz.

While Fuller may be best known as the saxophonist in pop star Beyonce’s touring band, she is an undeniable jazz talent in her own right. And her virtuoso quartet – featuring her sister Shamie Royston on piano; brother-in-law Rudy Royston on drums and bassist Mimi Jones – is every bit as impressive as their bandleader, dazzling the audience with their command of standards (“Body and Soul,” Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce”) and originals (“Clear Minds” and the title track of her latest album, “Decisive Steps”).

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