Bobb Fantauzzo has developed a unique voice on the Native American style flute and has been recognized for pushing the boundaries of the instrument in a profound and positive way. Known primarily for playing jazz, his unique approach to the Native American style flute has been described as evocative, innovative, engaging, and hip. It is an approach that brings the instrument out of the canyon and into the club.
In addition to performing as a soloist and as the headliner of JazZen, his versatility has afforded him the opportunity to perform with noted musicians in a wide range of genres; from R. Carlos Nakai to Delfeayo Marsalis to the Violent Femmes.
JazZen performs contemporary jazz, voiced through the organic tonalities of Native American style flutes (Bobb Fantauzzo) and the swirling undercurrents of electric cello (Aaron Kerr) and, when performing as a trio, the percussive rhythms of drums (Derrin Pinto). Whether playing a jazz standard, original composition or unpremeditated music, JazZen's unique sound integrates organic melodicism with free-wheeling improvisation.
In addition to performing in intimate spaces (coffee houses, clubs, libraries and art galleries) JazZen has performed at The Twin Cities Jazz Festival, The Midwest Music Fest, and The International Native American Flute Association conventions. They are collectively on numerous recordings, including their own duo and trio albums, Explorations and Bounce Off the Moon.