Scott Fugate

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09/13/13    Community Articles

George Duke Tribute - a 4 part podcast series

GEORGE DUKE TRIBUTE - 4 Part Podcast Anthology Series 10 hours of brilliant music covering his 48 year career

12/15/12    Albums

Dave Bass releases timeless Christmas classic

Dave Bass is a vocalist, saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter – a true Renaissance man with a range spanning from modern jazz to contemporary adult pop. Having performed professionally since the age of 15, Dave Bass is releasing his first recording...

04/13/12    Community Articles

Jazz vs. BAM . . . Bridges vs. walls

If you ask 10 Americans “what does it mean to be an American?” you might well get 10 different answers. So it goes with America’s only original, indigenous art form. Wait . . . we have one of those? Yes indeed – although it’s rarely given the National respect...

11/30/10    Community Articles

Jazz Podcast: Continuum - A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz Episode 33: “Gratitude & Leftovers” Hosted & Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist” Thanksgiving might be over . . . but I’m still grateful and surviving on leftovers. There...

11/24/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz Episode 32 – “Thanksgiving Moods & Reflections” Hosted & Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist” Happy Thanksgiving! I know this is an American Holiday – but whether you celebrate...

10/13/10    Community Articles

Don Cherry Interview - Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran Episode 3: Don Cherry Musical Selection & Additional Production by J. Scott Fugate Here’s the story: Back in the mid-80’s on National Public Radio (NPR) in America, a show ran called Sidran On Record...

10/05/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum - A Journey Through Jazz Episode 25: Autumn Serenade Hosted & Produced by J. Scott Fugate, "The Jazz Evangelist" As always, the show is absolutely free, completely legal, fun for the whole family, and available to...

09/29/10    Community Articles

Newly produced interview with Dizzy Gillespie

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran Episode 2: Dizzy Gillespie Music Additions Remixed & Reproduced by J. Scott Fugate, "The Jazz Evangelist" Here it is: http://02bc1fe.netsolhost.com/mp3/scottfugate/TalkingJazz2-DizzyGillespie.mp3...

09/28/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz Episode 24: “New Jazz, Straight Ahead (Part 2)” Hosted & Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist” As it has been, with the past 23 episode (which are still available on the soulandjazz...

09/16/10    Community Articles

Re-release of classic Miles Davis interview

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran / Episode 1: Miles Davis Remixed & Reproduced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist" Here's the story: back in the mid-80's on National Public Radio (NPR) in America, a show ran called Sidran...

09/14/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz Episode #22 – "New Jazz, Straight Ahead" Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, "The Jazz Evangelist" As always, the show is absolutely free, completely legal, fun for the whole family, and available...

09/07/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz Episode 21: “Last of the Summer Jam” Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist” As always, the show is absolutely free, completely legal, fun for the whole family, and available...

09/01/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz Episode 20: “Re-New Orleans” Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist” It’s absolutely free, completely legal, recorded in rich CD quality, fun for the whole family, and available...

08/27/10    Community Articles

Swing!

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Swing! Episode 3 – “New Swing” Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist” As always, it’s absolutely free, completely legal, recorded in rich CD quality, fun for the whole family, and available to listen to right...

08/25/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz Episode 19: “New Grooves” Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, “The Jazz Evangelist” As always, it’s absolutely free, completely legal, recorded in rich CD quality, fun for the whole family...

08/17/10    Community Articles

Continuum – A Journey Through Jazz

Soulandjazz.com Presents: Continuum, A Journey Through Jazz Episode 18: "Caliente Chill" Hosted and Produced by J. Scott Fugate, "The Jazz Evangelist" As always, it's absolutely free, completely legal, rich CD quality, fun for the whole family, and available...

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About Scott Fugate

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Scott has worn many hats throughout his life as a Theatre Professional (Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Artistic Director, Theatre & Tour Manager), Acting Teacher & Coach, Workshop Leader, Arts Minister, Christian Missionary, Creative Facilitator, Arts Educator, Jazz & Arts Promoter, DJ, Radio Manager, Program & Music Director, Producer of Podcasts, Voice-over Talent, College Professor, Technical Writer, Playwright, Screen Writer, Photographer & most recently – Videographer (filming, editing & producing).

Scott has amassed a large body of professional theatre projects over the past 35 years in every possible arena (community & regional theatres, elementary & high schools, ministries, churches, non-profits, colleges & universities, military bases, prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, retreat centers, conventions, businesses, performing on buses, subways, the back of trucks, on the street, etc.) throughout most states and 14 countries. He earned his Masters Degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice from Lancaster University in Northern England.

The start of the new millennium (i.e. 2000) stirred up a new focus on one of his life-long private passions . . . jazz. To that end, he started the Atlanta Jazz Group on Yahoo to help promote local artists and venues for live jazz in Atlanta and the Southeast . . . which led to volunteering in radio . . . and eventually running a radio station – Eclectic 89.1 WBCX at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. His passion for promoting jazz branded him with the nickname, “The Jazz Evangelist”. He used it as a tongue in cheek DJ name on the radio – and, due to its popularity, it kind of stuck. After his first year in radio, Scott was awarded as ”Radio Personality of the Year” by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters 2001-2002.

Scott still had one foot in theatre (serving as the Artistic Director of Stage Door Players in Dunwoody, GA) until he progressed from volunteer to manager of WBCX in the fall of 2002 – and was likewise hired as a Professor in the Mass Communications Department. Over the next 7 years he worked to transform the automated station (playing a smooth jazz satellite feed) into a live, local, creative force for social change in North Georgia through an eclectic blend of multicultural music from the jazz & classical continuum . . . developing 10 unique programming formats (blocks of jazz & classical styles which differed each day and night) and facilitating the development and production of over 80 independent shows hosted by students and community volunteers.

To understand how & why Scott got into jazz (as well as theatre), one must go back to his beginnings. He was born in East St. Louis, and observed division along racial, socio-economic and cultural lines his entire life . . . from the inner city of his childhood, to the wealthy suburbs of his youth. He was always disturbed to see division amongst people, and was particularly confused as to how something as beautiful & diverse as music, theatre & art could be used to create sub-cultures, generational separation, or divided into cliques wrought with stereotypes. It became his mission at an early age to erase the lines, knock down the walls, help people overcome their own rationalizations, and find the common thread that could eventually bring people together. Much of his work in theatre over the years focused on at-risk populations, marginalized cultures and inner city youth. With a strong foundation and focus in faith, he experimented & practiced with just about every art form in an attempt to discover a vehicle through which the Holy Spirit could speak directly to people’s hearts, minds and souls . . . until stumbling upon the idea of jazz.

Why jazz? Because all musical styles of the 20th Century emerged from the foundations & multi-cultural gumbo of America’s only original indigenous art form – “jazz” – a process of musical creation rather than a singular genre. Thus, the Jazz Evangelist believes that this “Jazz Continuum” is a nexus that can breed unity, diversity, and positive communication between people of different taste, race, groups, generations and cultures. The thing Scott always enjoyed the most about theatre was improvisation & communication . . . and jazz taps into its purist form. Since Scott doesn’t play an instrument and can’t create it himself, he chooses to present, promote, film & broadcast the work of others – thus taking his own ego out of the mix, taking himself off the stage, and focusing his full attention on the mission behind the music.

Despite the job or art form, his goals have always remained constant – to encourage, entertain, inspire, educate, break down walls, broaden perspectives, and nurture creativity in others — whatever the venue or medium it may be. He believes that life is a journey of creativity, communication & faith . . . to be shared with others through love, without ego or a competitive spirit.

He would love to offer his services freely (and often has throughout his life), but due to the current economic climate, Scott has launched a couple of companies to hopefully enable him to pay some bills and feed his wife & dog:

Jazz Evangelist Productions & Promotions & Productions (http://jazzevangelist.net/) providing tailor-made video & audio productions for the promotion of music, art, culture, and independent businesses . . . as well as capturing the essence of any event.

He is currently producing content and programming for Best of Atlanta Concerts TV:
http://bestofatlantaconcerts.com/

He likewise produces & hosts weekly music podcasts, provided freely for world-wide enjoyment on http://www.soulandjazz.com/

He is also staying true to his roots and training with his own theatre – Structured Anarchy Theatre Company in NE Georgia (http://structured-anarchy-theatre.com/) offering professional actor training and a creative resource in areas of communication, creativity & team building.

He still has a few hours left in each day and would love to work with you! Seriously . . . please . . . contact him . . . his dog is hungry.

Scott Fugate joined the JazzTimes community on May 18, 2010