It is commonly held that jazz developed out of a synthesis of European and African music. However, few people are aware that jazz was also influenced by Native American music. A Weaving of Traditions honors jazz musicians with Native roots, including Thelonious Monk (Tuscarora), Miles Davis (Cherokee), and Dave Brubeck (Modoc), among others.
Fantauzzo, on Native American style flute, is backed by virtuosic pianist Javi Santiago, who won the Schubert Club Jazz Piano Scholarship Competition in both 2006 and 2007 and performed with The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in 2008 and 2009; versatile drummer/percussionist Mac Santiago, who has toured with Badfinger and performed in the pit orchestras of the Guthrie Theater and the Minnesota Opera as well as with the likes of Grover Washington Jr. and Doc Severinsen; and Jeff Bailey, the Department Head of Bass at McNally Smith College of Music, who has performed in a wide variety of musical settings as a musician, composer, and producer.
Adding traditional Anishinaabe vocals and percussion is Lyz Jaakola, an enrolled member of Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.
A Weaving of Traditions is made possible through funding provided by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.