Photography by Chesbay 360,Glenn Woodell and Wendy Podmenik Darugar
Last Night music saved My Life
In the music business, melodically based offenses are considered especially heinous. In Virginia, the dedicated musicians that investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as The Fuzz Band. These are their stories…
The Fuzz Band, whose sound is a fusion of Urban & Rock music, met and formed while attending Hampton University. Originally created as the house band for Fuzzy Wednesday, Virginia’s longest running open mic, the band soon began collaborating on original music and developing their own sound. Performing first at local venues and colleges, the band soon released Without Boundaries, followed by Collision, Change, and a Change of the Guards. Several years, multiple albums, and three USO tours later, the band continues to shine.
Locally, the band has won multiple awards as Best R&B, Best Live Performer, and Best Song & Album recipients. Nationally, The Fuzz was featured in the Hollywood Issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, and has received nods in RollingStone and in Spin Magazine for their Chrysler Jeep Campaign. Most recently, The Fuzz Band was a featured headliner at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City in 2015.
The band has performed with Grammy award winning artists such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Chicago, Jill Scott and Outkast, and has been commissioned to perform private parties for the NBA’s Allen Iverson, Hall of "Fame-r" Bruce Smith, and was flown to Amsterdam and NYC to perform holiday parties for fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger.
The Fuzz was also a featured performer at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball. The band, who was the first winner of the Annual Capitol Jazz Festival in DC, went on to headline the 43rd Annual Hampton Jazz Festival with Frankie Beverly and Maze in 2010. The Fuzz Band has also become a regular staple on Foxwoods Casino’s entertainment roster as the New Year’s Eve headliner for two years; playing to
crowds of over 5000 casino guests. Working on their 4th studio project as a full unit, and surviving the dreaded “curse” which tends to tear most bands to apart, the Fuzz Band continues to rock.