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1980 Moved to New York City.
Studied with Philly Joe, Louis Hayes, and Joe Jones Jr.

1991 US and European tours with Lou Donaldson.  

1982 Recording debut on flute player Kent Eanes’ album, Fresh Air.

1983 Played at New York jazz clubs with Kenny Garret and Junior Cook.

1984 Played drums on bass player Shintaro Nakamura’s album, Evolution.

1985 Joined organ player Dr. Lonnie Smith’s group.

1986 Started longtime association with Lou Donaldson.
Concert appearance in the US, Japan and Europe.


1987 Gigs at New York jazz clubs and frequent Japan tours with Shizuko Yokoyama.

1992 Attended the recording of album Birdseeds by Lou Donaldson.

1994 Played at Japan’s most prestigious jazz festival, Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival.

1995 Featured on Lou Donaldson’s album, Sentimental Journey.
Also appeared at Montreal Jazz Festival with Lou Donaldson.

2001 Recording of Shizuko Yokoyama’s album, To My Mother.

2002 Norwegian Sun Jazz Cruise with bass player Rufus Reid and the all-star saxophone super group of Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, David “Fathead” Newman.

2003 Appearances with Frank Wess, Randy Johnston, and the Lou Donaldson Trio.

2004 Attended the recording of Too Damn Hot by Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio.


2007 Played at Carnegie Hall.

2019 Best Drummer 2019 / the 6th New York City Readers Jazz Awards presented by Hot House Magazine, in partnership with Jazzmobile

2024 Jersey Jazz City Festival as Champian Fulton Trio

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