James Sangiovanni, better known in the music industry as “Fuzz” has been an international recording artist, professional musician and music educator for over 20 years. Guitarist, multi instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, Fuzz has performed and toured globally with acts such as the Tom Tom Club, Allman Brothers Band, Emmylou Harris, Phish, John Scofield, James Brown, Deep Banana Blackout, Caravan of Thieves and many of the legendary musicians who live and work in New Orleans including Dr John, The Neville Brothers, The Meters, The Revivalists, Galactic, The Rebirth Brass Band and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Being a well traveled and experienced musician, Fuzz learned how to work with many different kinds of people from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and countries of origin, and came to realize that though we are all individuals, we have so much more in common than we are lead to believe, especially in music and art.  And it’s in the collaboration between people, where the most innovative and valuable ideas come from.


With a multi media presentation, musical performance and discussion, America’s Musical Melting Pot will share the essential role cultural diversity in America has played in defining its music over the past 100 years. Exploring various artists, songs and trends in Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, American Folk, Popular and Rock music, Fuzz will share how these genres have been influenced by a wide variety of cultures from around the world, living side by side in America.

This installment focuses on New Orleans, the quintessential musical melting pot, the birthplace of Jazz, which is one of America’s greatest contributions to world of music and art, and a place he has been to dozens of times to perform, collaborate with local legends and experience the sights and sounds first hand. The discussion takes us as far back in history as possible, to the very beginnings of the city in the late 17th century, and traces the wide range of cultures that settled there. Recognizing Europeans, Africans, Caribbean, and Native American people who all brought something valuable with them and influenced one another’s ideas over the course of 200 years, and eventually lead to the American art form known today as Jazz.

Today we are all still learning to live with one another and our differences, so it helps look to a universal language such as music to demonstrate not only how we all share the same basic way of thinking, but also how our different interpretations of the world around us can converge to create an even brighter future for all of humanity. So please join Fuzz in celebrating this way of life, celebrating New Orleans and discussing America’s Musical Melting Pot.