JazzBuffalo is proud to announce the results of its 5th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll. The poll received over 2300 voting ballots enabling jazz fans and music lovers to weigh in on recognizing jazz artists, groups, performances, and supporters. Winners were announced at the kick-off of the Hotel Henry Jazz Concert Series on Wednesday, February 13th. The evening featured a performance by the winner for Best Latin Jazz category, the Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble.
The poll results this year is a strong indication that audiences are discovering several trends fueling the jazz resurgence in Greater Buffalo. The maturing of the youth movement has resulted in the young and vibrant Alex McArthur winning the Best Female Jazz Vocalist category. While the outstanding Zach Carr wins for the second consecutive year Best Jazz Male Vocalist. For the first time in the 5 years of the poll, both the Rising Star and the prestigious John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year Awards were won by the same person. Ed Croft took home the honors for both as audiences
Each year, the John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year Award recognizes an individual that has made a substantial contribution to jazz in Greater Buffalo through individual performance, artistic endeavors, and contributions to the Greater Buffalo community. Ed Croft also took home the award for the Jazz Upright Bass of the Year.
Other notable trends include the increasing variety of jazz and the contributions of female jazz artists to the Greater Buffalo community. The Hot Club of Buffalo picked honors in the Jazz-World category. A new category recognizing the variety of European and World jazz. Gypsy jazz is a Buffalo favorite. The Buffalo Dolls and the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and Combo were multiple winners. Led by Donna Kerr and Jenny May respectively, their collaboration resulted in the Buffalo Dolls/Ladies First Jazz Big Band winning Most Memorable Performance for their “Jazzy Christmas” show at the Hotel Henry in December. The Buffalo Dolls won honors in the new Jazz-Pop category while the Ladies First Jazz Big Band won in the two categories, Best Big Band and Best Large Ensemble.
Laura Anderson took home honors for Best Baritone Saxophone for the third year in a row. While Lisa Hasselback, a multi-JazzBuffalo Poll winner, wins for Best Jazz Piano. DeeAnn DiMeo Tompkins took home the award for Best CD/EP Release for her “Stay Here” project. And, Linda Appleby takes home for the second year in a row the Jazz Crusader of the Year Award.
“The results of this year’s poll are a great story of what is happening in the Greater Buffalo jazz scene today,” said
The full list of winners is displayed below:
The 5th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll Winners
Jazz Tenor Saxophone – Dave Schiavone
Jazz Alto Saxophone – Bobby Militello
Jazz Baritone Saxophone – Laura Anderson
Jazz Trumpet – Tim Clarke
Jazz Trombone – John Hasselback, Jr.
Jazz Guitar – George Kane
Jazz Piano – Lisa Hasselback
Jazz Organ – Bobby Jones
Jazz Upright Bass – Ed Croft
Jazz Electric Bass – Jerry Livingston
Jazz Vibes – Alec Dube
Jazz Drums – John Bacon, Jr.
Jazz Female Vocalist – Alex McArthur
Jazz Male Vocalist – Zach Carr
Jazz Classic Group – Bobby Militello Quartet
Jazz World – Hot Club of Buffalo
Jazz Trad/NOLA – Buffalo Brass Machine
Jazz Fusion – Gruvology
Latin Jazz – Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Big Band – Ladies First Jazz Big Band
Jazz Large Ensemble – Ladies First Jazz Combo
Jazz Soul/Funk – Buffalo Brass Machine
Jazz Pop – The Buffalo Dolls
Jazz Venue – Pausa
Jazz Major Performing Arts Center – UB Center for the Arts
Most Memorable Jazz Performance – Buffalo Dolls/Ladies First Jazz Big Band – “A Jazzy Christmas”
Most Memorable International Jazz Performance – Chick Corea Akoustic Band at UB Center for the Arts
Jazz CD/EP Release – DeeAnn DiMeo Tompkins – “Stay Here”
Middle School/High School Educator – Phil Aguglia
College/University Educator – Bobby Militello
Jazz Rising Star – Ed Croft
Jazz Ex-Pat – John Hasselback, III
Jazz Crusader – Linda Appleby
John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year – Ed Croft
(A special thanks to our sponsors for this poll and event, the Hotel Henry and Brian Parisi Copier, Inc.)