Bobb Fantauzzo performs both as a soloist as well as leader of his jazz trio, JazZen.
JazZen is a Twin Cities based trio that performs original jazz voiced through the organic tonalities of world flutes and the rhythmic undercurrents of electric cello and drums, “incorporating everything from modern groove to world jazz” (MOJA Radio). With their unique sound and musical creativity, JazZen is “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)
In addition to performing in intimate spaces (coffee houses, breweries, clubs, libraries and art galleries) JazZen has also performed for larger audiences at festivals (Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Mid-West Music Festival) and conventions (World Flute Association, International Native American Flute Association, and Social Theory, Politics and the Arts).
Bobb Fantauzzo - world flutes
Aaron Kerr - electric and acoustic cello
Derrin Pinto - drums
New Age Avant-garde
New Age Avant-garde is JazZen's latest release of original tunes. Using bass riffs and simple melodies as a foundation, the trio explores musical ideas as they evolve and take off on a trajectory into new dimensions.
Bounce Off the Moon
JazZen's first release as a trio. A collection of originals and standards that brought the Native American style flute out of the canyon and into the club.
JazZen's debut release with Bobb and Aaron exploring new territory for the Native American style flute and electric cello.
Bobb's solo CD. Creating a jazz voice for the Native American style flute.
Performer, Composer, Improviser
Bobb Fantauzzo has developed a unique voice on the Native American style flute, ranging from foot tapping and head bopping to soothing and meditative. It is the feel of contemporary jazz voiced through the dulcet tonalities of wooden flutes.
Labeled an innovator on the Native American style flute, Bobb is known for pushing the boundaries of both the instrument and his music in a profound and positive way. His ability to play chromatically and incorporate upper range notes that most cannot reach brings a vitality and intensity to his music.
His versatility has provided him the opportunities to perform alongside noted musicians in a wide range of genres – from R. Carlos Nakai to Irv Williams and from Delfeayo Marsalis to Violent Femmes. His recordings have received air play on national and international jazz radio stations and have been licensed for use on The Discovery Channel.
He has composed and recorded music for stage productions at The Guthrie Theater, The History Theater, and The Pillsbury House Theater and has performed live with both the Eclectic Edge Ensemble and Zorongo Flamenco dance companies. He has performed at major festivals and conventions; including World Flute Society, International Native American Flute Association, Zion Canyon Art and Flute Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Social Theory, Politics and the Arts.
Sponsored by radio station Jazz 88FM, he has been the recipient of multiple Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grants for both his jazz and improvisational world music concerts.