Producer, Promoter, Educator, Music Director, Jazz Presenter, Recording Engineer, Radio Broadcaster, Freelance Writer, Journalist, Jazz Historian, Collector, Fan
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J. Scott Fugate spent the majority of his life in professional theatre – acting, directing, writing, teaching, entertaining and touring productions throughout the world for over 20 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Lancaster University in the UK.
Through it all, he held a private passion for America’s only original art form – jazz – in all its many styles . . . believing that all contemporary musical genres throughout the world emerged from the same gumbo brewed in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.
Originally from East St. Louis, Scott has observed musical divisions along racial lines his entire life, from the inner city to the suburbs. He was disturbed to see something as rich and beautiful as music used to create cultural separation and negative stereotypes. It became his mission at an early age to erase these racial lines and find the common thread that will bring people together. Since all contemporary musical styles emerged from the improvisational foundations of jazz & blues – he believes that jazz (and it’s sister soul) is a nexus that can breed unity, diversity, and positive communication between people of different taste, race, generation and culture.
At the turn of the new millennium he started promoting jazz online via the Atlanta Jazz Group, which opened up a door to start producing his own radio show – “Jazz In The Present Tense” -- which earned him the “Broadcast Personality of the Year” award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters in 2001.
Scott was branded the “Jazz Evangelist” by local musicians due to his passion for promoting jazz, converting people to it’s many styles and sub-genres, and showing anyone that would listen how their taste in music is directly related to jazz . . . somewhere along the line.
In 2002 he accepted the position as General Manager, Program & Music Director at Brenau University’s Eclectic 89.1 FM WBCX. He hosted and produced several live shows, and could be heard around the clock in various jazz formats – traditional, hot, big band, swing, straight ahead, hard bop, world groove, funk, fusion, acid jazz, neo-soul, etc. -- that he produced and hosted over the past decade.
As we move into a new decade, Scott is excited to expand his focus worldwide via Soulandjazz.com. The possibility of the entire planet connected by a common groove provides him with tremendous joy, and renewed hope for the future. As Scott has said in each of his shows . . . “Jazz is timeless and essential, it goes beyond color, creed and culture – allowing the heart, mind, soul and spirit to swing together in syncopated counterpoint.”
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Invite to Kirkland/Robinson Jazz Collaboration. Location: Chazz Southern Cooking (East Atlanta Village)
Electrfying synergy can be experiencd @ Chazz Southernin Cooking Wednesday March 31, 2010 7:00-9:30PM. SHARP. Denise Kirkland, vocals & guitarist Charlie Robinson. 517 Flat Shoals Ave. Atlanta, GA 30316. Come early for great food and wonderful music! Invite your friends! Eay hearyily! Sit in! Denise Kirkland
Hey Scott - I need to talk to you about something but I'm low on minutes. Can you call me this weekend when you have a sec? Trying to get in touch with a certain 'national' bassist you know asap! Hope you're well!
Hey brother, how are you? Great picture there - you look stunningly happy. I want to thank you and Vanessa again for your wonderful hospitality when I was up in Gainesville earlier this year - fantastic. (Except you've GOT to teach that girl how to scramble an egg right)! Ha! ; )
Well, you know - I finally did it! I am out on the West Coast. Weekend minutes are free, so hit me up sometime on the cell and I'll give you an update.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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