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Jazz Cafe: Rob Fulton
February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
“[A] singer who conveys his musical passion abundantly with the sound of a big band as easily as he does with the intimacy of a jazz trio.” -Caribbean Life
“Fulton brings chills as he performs the most cherished tunes from The Nat King Cole songbook.” -Roz Nixon, Founder of The Ella Nixon Drive, quoted in Caribbean Life
“Standing on the shoulders of legends like: Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, Cuba Gooding –Rob Fulton conveys the heart and soul of music.” -Jazz Vocalist Tracy Mothershed
Rob Fulton grew up in Glen Cove, NY, breathing, eating and sleeping music. His mother, Margaret Sharrock, a touring Gospel singer, inspired him to become a musician.
He started performing at an early age, learning guitar after his mother enrolled him in music school. In elementary school, he played trombone in the marching band; and continued his passion for music by learning piano in college at S.U.N.Y. Old Westbury, and later as a singer where he was the lead singer of The Dynatones. He is always developing his talent and musicality with coaching from stellar musicians like Dr. Barry Harris, Marion Cowings, Janet Lawson, and Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch.
While he sometimes plays piano (he does most of his own arrangements), having the ability to captivate, emotionally heal, and uplift the spirit and soul with vocals has always been his desire.
Rob’s great amiability on stage allows you to join him on life’s journey. His voice is warm with a chilled vibe, with a slight but still soulful vibrato. During one song, you’re soothed by the romance and beauty of “Blame It On My Youth” or “Embraceable You.” And during the next, you’ll want to dance as he swings hard with “Yardbird Suite” “A Night In Tunisia” or “Jeannine.” Every song is a journey and an emotional treasure. Rob’s suave style and spiritual base is full of passion, lushness and swing.
Rob Fulton has performed at some of New York’s finest venues: Snug Harbor, Minton’s, Harlem Mist, Metropolitan Room, Swing46, Jazz 966, The Brownstone Jazz, and Club Bonafide.
His CD, Rob Fulton Live at Club Bonafide NYC (2018), highlights his ease, affability, versatility and musicality. He has also performed with influential musicians like Nat Adderley, Jr., Johnny O’Neal, Patience Higgins, Les Kurtz, Bill Saxon, Eddie Russell, TK Blue, Marcus Persiani, Eric Lemon, Dave Gibson, Lafayette Harris, Gerald Hayes, Will Terrill, Stanley Banks, Dave Colding, Davell Crawford, Delfeayo Marsalis, Reggie Workman, and Bertha Hope. Visit his website at robfultonjazz.com.
Doors at 6:30. Following our featured artist is an Open Mic hour.
$10 Members, $15 non-members, includes snacks and a beverage (wine, beer, soda)
The Jazz Cafe is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks. Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad.
The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes: Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist. Dave has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few. Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room; and bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter. “Ratzo Harris plays bass that’s living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).
“Wonderful! A step back in time.” -D. Berkowitz, Asheville, NC
“Totally delighted the whole evening! Classic intimate place, delightful people, and energy the whole time!” – W. T., Brentwood, New York, NY
“The venue for the music was wonderful. There were round tables complete with table clothes and nice mood lighting. The chandeliers were dimmed and it was a nightclub atmosphere. The music was excellent and then there was an open mike so I got to see a number of talented neighborhood folks get up and do their thing. Some people even felt moved to dance. I loved it!” -G. Walsh, Fair Lawn NJ