JazzBuffalo is proud to announce the results of its 6th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll. For the second consecutive year, the poll received over 2,300 voting ballots. The poll provides an opportunity for jazz fans and JazzBuffalo readers to weigh in on recognizing their favorite jazz artists, groups, performances, and supporters.
The poll is a reflection of the continued resurgence of the jazz scene in Greater Buffalo. Fueled by the maturation of our next generation of jazz artists and the evolving diversity of genres infusing jazz into their 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 the ever-ubiquitous jazz trumpeter, Tim Clarke. Since moving to the area in 2006, Tim has consistently been one of the region's most giving, contributing, and diverse jazz musicians we are most fortunate to have.
Other notable results are Taylor Made Jazz picking up wins in two categories for the first time and the huge turnout at the Chandler Street Labor Day Jazz Fest paved the way for Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble being recognized for the most memorable jazz performance of the year. We had a rare tie in the international jazz performance category as favorites were the Bob James Trio at the Buffalo State Performing Arts Center and Veronica Swift with the Emmet Cohen Trio at the Nichols Flickinger Performing Arts Center.
New favorites recognized this year were Richard Goss, Debra Maybach, Taylor Made Jazz, George Caldwell, My Cousin Toné, Jack Kulp, and the Easy Street Big Band.
Elliot Scozzaro received the most votes by jazz fans for this year's Rising Star. Jonathan Hughes was recognized by voters for their favorite new CD/EP Release for his “Evenfall” project. And, Walter Kemp, III of the Historic Colored Musicians Club is recognized by voters for the Jazz Crusader of the Year Award.
“The poll continues to be a reflection of the continued growth and impact jazz is having in our community,” said the founder of JazzBuffalo Tony Zambito. “The diversity of jazz is quite amazing and rivals that of many larger cities. Through music, and in this case jazz, we are enriching the arts and cultural scene in Greater Buffalo. Making the area not only a great place to live but also a destination.”
The full list of those voted as favorites in the 34 categories of the 6th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll is displayed below:
The 6th Annual JazzBuffalo Poll Winners
Jazz Tenor Saxophone – Dave Schiavone
Jazz Alto Saxophone – Bobby Militello
Jazz Baritone Saxophone – Laura Anderson
Jazz Trumpet – Richard Goss
Jazz Trombone – John Hasselback, Jr.
Jazz Guitar – Drew Azzinaro
Jazz Piano - George Cladwell
Jazz Organ – Bobby Jones
Jazz Upright Bass – Ed Croft
Jazz Electric Bass – Jack Kulp
Jazz Vibes – Alec Dube
Jazz Drums – John Bacon, Jr.
Jazz Female Vocalist – Debra Maybach
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 – Taylor Made Jazz
Latin Jazz – Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Big Band – Easy Street Big Band
Jazz Large Ensemble – My Cousin Toné
Jazz Soul/Funk – Taylor Made Jazz
Jazz Pop – The Buffalo Dolls
Jazz Venue – Pausa
Jazz Major Performing Arts Center - Kleinhans Music Hall
Most Memorable Jazz Performance – Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Chandler Street Labor Day Jazz Fest
Most Memorable International Jazz Performance - Tie: Bob Jame Trio at Buffalo State Performing Arts Center and Veronica Swift and the Emmet Cohen Trio at Nichols Flickinger Performing Arts Center
Jazz CD/EP Release – Jonathan Hughes – “Evenfall”
Middle School/High School Educator – Karen Ragusa
College/University Educator – Bobby Militello
Jazz Rising Star – Elliot Scozzaro
Jazz Ex-Pat – John Hasselback, III
Jazz Crusader – Walter Kemp, III - Historic Colored Musicians Club
John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year – Tim Clarke
(A special thanks to our sponsors for this poll, the Hotel Henry and Brian Parisi Copier, Inc.)
(Photos Credit: Jack Zuff)