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 is a tribute to jazz musicians with Native American roots. This live concert was recorded on Friday, April 15, 2016, at Hamline University’s Sundin Music Hall.
The concert includes music of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and other jazz musicians with Native roots arranged for Native American style flute by Bobb Fantauzzo. This is the second Jazz88 concert featuring Fantauzzo, one of the few individuals playing jazz on the Native American style flute.
Joining him in this performance are Lyz Jaakola, an enrolled member of Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, who returns to add traditional Anishinaabe vocals and percussion; world-class bassist Anthony Cox, virtuoso pianist Javi Santiago, and versatile drummer/percussionist Mac Santiago. Veteran saxophonist Irv Williams makes a special guest appearance.