Fuller, Curtis (Dubois)
- Michael Fitzgerald
(b Detroit, MI, Dec 15, 1934). American jazz trombonist, bandleader, and composer. He grew up in an orphanage where he first came in contact with music. He attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit before serving in a US Army band under Cannonball Adderley’s leadership. He subsequently enrolled at Wayne State University before moving to New York in 1957 as a member of Yusef Lateef’s quintet. Fuller was immediately in demand for Prestige and Blue Note recording sessions, both as a leader and as a sideman with Bud Powell and John Coltrane, among others. In 1960 he was featured in the Jazztet, led by Art Farmer and Benny Golson, but left after recording one album. The following year he toured South America and joined the front line of Art Blakey’s new sextet with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, staying until 1965. Although influenced by J.J. Johnson’s style, Fuller leans more towards the lyrical and relies less on extremes of the upper range and horizontal density....