Bobb Fantauzzo has developed a unique sound playing Native American and world flutes. It is an eclectic mix of the traditional and the untraditional, the conventional and the unconventional, the past and the present. [bio]

His music has been described as evocative, innovative, primal sophistication, engaging, hip. It is contemporary jazz voiced through the ancient zen-like tonalities of Native American and Chinese flutes. It is, what he calls, JazZen.

A Weaving of Traditions is Fantauzzo's latest project and is supported by KBEM - Jazz88 FM and funded by The Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Blending the spirit of the Native American flute with the essence of jazz, A Weaving of Traditions honors some of the jazz legends having Native American ancestry, including
 - Dave Brubeck (Modoc)
 - Don Cherry (Choctaw)
 - Duke Ellington (Cherokee)
 - John Lewis (Cherokee, Comanche)
 - Charles Lloyd (Cherokee)
 - Jim Pepper (Creek, Kaw)
 - Oscar Pettiford (Choctaw, Cherokee)

Performed by
  Bobb Fantauzzo - Native American flutes
  Lyz Jaakola - vocals, percussion
  Aaron Kerr - electric cello
  Dan Lange - drums
  Mike Bruns - guitar

Selections from the recorded concert were compiled into a radio show which is now available for on-line listening.

[Read more about A Weaving of Traditions]

                    Legacy Grant

"a unique sound that is both holy and hip, primal and sophisticated... the integration of an almost prayerful melodicism suggestive of Charles Lloyd with a more forward-thrusting, free-wheeling improvisational approach that echoes Coltrane, Davis, Shorter, and Coleman."  - Jazz Police

"JazZen has a versatile sound that incorporates everything from modern groove to world jazz." 
- MOJA (Modern Jazz) Radio

"JazZen’s new CD, Bounce Off the Moon, shows their versatility as musicians and their respect for jazz greats including Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and John Coltrane." - bebopified

© 2012, Bobb Fantauzzo