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Bobb Fantauzzo

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Primary Instrument: Flute

Born: June 20, 1949    

Bobb Fantauzzo

Bobb Fantauzzo headlines JazZen, the Minneapolis based trio that embraces the essence of jazz with highly unusual instrumentation and inspired soloing. The organic timbre of Fantauzzo's wooden flutes, weaving through the swirling undercurrents provided by Aaron Kerr's electric cello and Derrin Pinto's drum kit, opens new sonic possibilities and creates a distinct sound that is simultaneously primitive and contemporary.

As a child growing up in Rochester, NY, Bobb Fantauzzo appeared to have limited musical ability: he was kicked out of band in middle school for “keeping time by tapping with both feet”...
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”Bobb is an innovator on the Native American flute. I only know of two people in the country playing jazz on the Native American flute, Bobb is one of them. He's one of but a handful of people playing their own thing on this instrument around the world.”
- Peter Phippen, Canyon Records recording artist

”There is depth to Bobb's music… it elicits a physical response… one is like a sensuous slow dance … [another] gets you snapping your fingers and tapping your feet … it's music that engages your whole body - you can't just listen with your ears!”
- Eleanor Alden, Voice of the Wind

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September 21, 2011

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