JazzBuffalo is proud to announce the results of its 7th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll. The poll saw nearly 1800 ballots submitted where voting took place in nearly 35 categories. The poll provides an opportunity for jazz fans, jazz audiences, jazz supporters, and JazzBuffalo readers to weigh in on recognizing their favorite jazz artists, groups, performances, and supporters.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, jazz found a way to lift up the spirits of the community. Via live streams, outdoor concerts, and the return of indoor events. The variety of jazz in our community afforded many to experience the joy of this uniquely American music.
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. This year, jazz fans across the region recognized, as their favorite John Hunt Artist of the Year, bandleader, drummer, arranger, and educator John Anderson. John’s contributions through leading the Anderson Big Band, participation in traditional jazz music, encouraging youths to engage with jazz, and organizing community events are notable. The Anderson Big Band was voted as Favorite Jazz Big Band.
Other notable results include the Jazz Crusader of the Year going to Jack Zuff. Jack’s has left a rewarding imprint on our jazz community. Documenting and displaying prize-winning worthy photographs of jazz performances and musicians. This has made a significant impact on how people are perceiving jazz. Damone Jackson’s Outcome had a breakout year and was recognized in the Jazz Fusion Group of the Year category. The Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival this past summer was clearly memorable for many as they recognized both categories of favorite performances. The performances included the George Caldwell Sextet and the Ron Carter Trio.
Elliot Scozzaro for the second consecutive time is recognized as this year’s Rising Star. John Hasselback, III and his CD Release, Entrance, was voted as a favorite new release. Alex McArthur became a repeat winner for their favorite Jazz Female Vocalist of the Year.
“The poll is a demonstration of the continued contribution jazz and JazzBuffalo is making to our community,” said the
The full list of those voted as favorites in the 34 categories of the 7th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll is displayed below:
The 7th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll Winners
Jazz Tenor Saxophone – Dave Schiavone
Runner-up: Nelson Rivera
Jazz Alto Saxophone – Bobby Militello
Runner up: Elliot Scozzaro
Jazz Baritone Saxophone – Laura Anderson
Runner-up: Harry Fackelman
Jazz Trumpet – Tim Clarke
Runner up: Joe Parisi
Jazz Trombone – John Hasselback, Jr.
Runner up: Theresa Leone
Jazz Guitar – Rick Strauss
Runner up: George Kane
Jazz Piano – Lisa Hasselback
Runner up: George Caldwell
Jazz Organ – Doug “Trigger” Gaston
Runner up: Joe Baudo
Jazz Upright Bass – Ed Croft
Runner up: Paul Zapalowski
Jazz Electric Bass – Jack Kulp
Runner up: Jennifer May
Jazz Vibes – Alec Dube
Runner up: Joanne Lorenzo
Jazz Drums – John Bacon, Jr.
Runner up: John Anderson
Jazz Female Vocalist – Alex McArthur
Runner up: Donna Delano-Kerr
Jazz Male Vocalist – Zach Carr
Runner up: Jack Civiletto
Jazz Classic Group – Bobby Militello Quartet
Runner up: George Caldwell Sextet
Jazz World – Hot Club of Buffalo
Runner up: French ConéXion
Jazz Trad/NOLA – Barroom Buzzards
Runner up: Back Room Jazz Band
Jazz Fusion – Damone Jackson Outcome
Runner up: Taylor Made Jazz
Latin Jazz – Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble
Runner up: Saranaide
Jazz Big Band – Anderson Big Band
Runner up: Ladies First Jazz Big Band
Jazz Large Ensemble – My Cousin Toné
Runner up: Ladies First Jazz Combo
Jazz Soul/Funk – Taylor Made Jazz
Runner up: Carina & The Six String Preacher
Jazz Retro/Pop – The Buffalo Dolls
Runner up: The Hitmen Horns
Jazz Venue – Sportsmen Tavern
Runner up: Pausa Art House
Jazz Major Performing Arts Center – Kleinhans Music Hall
Runner up: UB Center for the Performing Arts
Most Memorable Jazz Performance – George Caldwell Sextet – Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival
Runner up: Summer Wind: Zach Carr Tribute To Frank Sinatra – Jazz on the Plaz!
Most Memorable International Jazz Performance – Ron Carter Trio – Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival
Runner up: The Tierney Sutton Band – Live at Seneca One Jazz Series
Jazz CD/EP Release – “Entrance” – John Hasselback, III
Runner up: “In Congruence” – Andrew Nixon, Ed Croft, Joe Goretti
Middle School/High School Educator – John Hasselback, Jr.
Runner up: Phil Aguglia
College/University Educator – John Bacon, Jr.
Runner up: Bobby Militello
Jazz Rising Star – Elliot Scozzaro
Runner up: Damone Jackson
Jazz Ex-Pat – Don Menza
Runner up: Carmen Intorre, Jr.
Jazz Crusader – Jack Zuff – Photographer / JazzBuffalo Contributor
Runner up: Walter Kemp III – Historic Colored Musicians Club
John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year – John Anderson
Runner up: George Caldwell
(Note this is a reader and fan poll of favorites and not a critic’s poll of best.)