On Monday, January 29th the 4th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll Awards Celebration was held at the Screening Room. A great evening of celebrating the tremendous wealth of jazz talent and performances in Greater Buffalo. An opportunity for jazz unity that brings jazz musicians and jazz fans alike in celebrating the love for jazz.
The evening celebrated the advent of jazz fans, appreciators, and audiences who are propelling the resurgence of jazz in Buffalo. Building upon the rich history and heritage of jazz since the 1920’s.
A notable thank you to The Screening Room for being one of our sponsors in hosting the event. And, for allowing for a multimedia presentation of visuals and music! Thanks also to our sponsor Brian Parisi Copiers for assisting with the Award Certificate documents.
Special thanks to The Blue Note 8 for a spectacular evening of jazz. The band featured John Hasselback, Jr. on trombone, Tim Clarke on trumpet, Dave Schiavone on sax, Lisa Hasselback on keyboards, Bud Fadale on bass, George Kane on guitar, John Bacon, Jr. on drums, and Tony Zambito on percussion. Performances included great horn section ensemble playing by the trio of horns and super solos by all.
In between songs, award certificates were handed out in 34 categories of the JazzBuffalo Poll. The JazzBuffalo Poll helped to illustrate how jazz is resurging and how we all benefit from the influx of youth, new genre styles of jazz, and fantastic new jazz projects. The night ended with presenting our John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year Award to Dave Schiavone. A special recognition voted by you, the fans, of Schiavone’s many years of contributing to the growth of jazz in our great city.
Next year will be our 5th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll. We will be working on making it a special evening event as we reach the 5th year milestone.
Thank you to all who were able to come out and support the event in a full house of fans, appreciators, and musicians at The Screening Room last night. It made for a truly special night of jazz unity in Buffalo.
Enjoy the pictures of the event provided by photographer Jack Zuff. With some of the photos taken by those in attendance. They are great and capture the “jazzy” excitement of the evening! Keep Jazz Alive!!