JazZen at The Nicollet

JazZen at The Nicollet

The Twin Cities based JazZen embraces the essence of jazz with an ethnic-fusion vibe.

The organic timbre of Native American and Chinese flutes, weaving through the swirling undercurrents provided by electric cello, drums and recently added keyboard, creates a unique sound that is simultaneously primitive and contemporary.

Current Personnel
  Bobb Fantauzzo - Native American and Chinese flutes 
  Aaron Kerr - electric cello
  Dan Lange - drums
  Mike Bruns - guitar

JazZen's latest CD, Bounce Off the Moon (released in March, 2011), was featured on MOJA Radio's All New Music Revue in April, 2011 and has received airplay on a number of  radio stations, including:

- KBEM (Minneapolis, MN)
- KFAI (Minneapolis, MN)
- KNTU (Denton, TX)
- KRZA (Alamosa, CO)
- KSDS (San Diego, CA)
- KUNM (Albuquerque, NM)
- WICN (Worcester, MA)
- WCBN (Ann Arbor, MI)
- WLSU (LaCrosse, WI)

- Mid West Music Fest 2012
- Twin Cities Jazz Festival, 2011

- Jazz for Japan Benefit Concert, 2011
- International Native American Flute
   Association (INAFA) National Convention, 2010, 2012
- Central Park Amphitheater (Roseville, MN), 2010
- The Nicolett (Minneapolis, MN)
- The Riverview Cafe (Minneapolis, MN)
- The Hat Trick Lounge (St. Paul, MN)
- Acadia (Minneapolis, MN)
- Beaner's Central (Duluth, MN)


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

"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." - Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

"If you're interested in the Miles Davis Quintet (the Shorter/Hancock/Carter/Williams group he recorded with in the middle 60s) you're going to be impressed by the relationship Aaron and Derrin have as a rhythm section and with the range Bobb can achieve with instruments we often [associate with] new age music." - Dave Hoenack, Hymie's Vintage Records


"'Afro Blue' and 'Footprints' played on dizi and xiao (Chinese flutes)? Add electric cello and drums and you could get New Age woo-woo, but that's not what happens in JazZen. Flutist and leader Bobb Fantauzzo (who also plays Native American flutes, bawu, and spring drum) keeps things jazzy for this collection of covers and originals." - Pamela Espeland, BeBopified

"The top 10 Twin Cities jazz CDs of 2011" (Honorable Mention)
- BeBopified, December 15, 2011
"Meditations and Good Vibrations: JazZen's 'Bounce Off the Moon'
 - Jazz Police, August 19, 2011

"You Can't Judge a Book by Looking at It's Cover"
 - Hymie's Vintage Records, June 26, 2011
Jazz 88.5 (KBEM) radio interview
 - On the Corner with Maryann Sullivan, May, 2011


Bobb Fantauzzo


2012, Bobb Fantauzzo