Bio:

Full Bio

James “Fuzz” Sangiovanni, better known as ‘Supa-Fuzz” the supa fun, energetic and engaging entertainer is pumped and ready to visit your campus and throw down some kickin grooves! This guy learned the secret to connecting with fans of all demographics by connecting with them personally and by being a successful international recording & touring artist, songwriter, producer, director and educator for over 20 years. You may have seen him out in the world, on a stage somewhere playing guitar, singing or banging on some piece of scrap metal with one of his several bands (Tom Tom Club, Caravan of Thieves, Deep Banana Blackout or Big Fuzz) or just getting up there on his own singing and playing guitar and whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Fuzz has shared stage with artists such as Phish, The Allman Brothers, The James Brown band, Emmylou Harris, P-Funk, Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Keb Mo, the Funky Meters and many others and has released thirteen of his own albums as well as performed on and produced records from many other artists over the years. To wrap it up here, Mr “Supa-Fuzz” consistently delivers a killer show for any occasion, doing his own unique blend of rock, dance, pop, funk, RnB, folk and jazz with an infectious smile, a couple of laughs and a truckload of enthusiasm.

Programs:

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.