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Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2016 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Kebbi Williams & The Wolfpack

Best jazz act BOA Award Winner

2016 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Monkier
Innovative groups such as MONKIER are changing the face of modern jazz by fearlessly blending sounds and reshaping the character of the music. Since starting in 2013, Monkier has expanded into an eight-piece ensemble featuring Zac Evans (sax and vocals), Andrew Lastrapes (guitar), Robert Boone Jr. (drums),more...
Innovative groups such as MONKIER are changing the face of modern jazz by fearlessly blending sounds and reshaping the character of the music. Since starting in 2013, Monkier has expanded into an eight-piece ensemble featuring Zac Evans (sax and vocals), Andrew Lastrapes (guitar), Robert Boone Jr. (drums), Brandon Boone (bass), Umcolisi Terrell (sax), Justin Powell (trumpet), Will Hollifield (sax), and Richard Sherrington (trombone). With ambitious compositions such as “Cold Open/Closure” from this year’s Highs/Lows full length, the group straddles the fringes of hip-hop and jazz, flowing from intimate rap verses into sprawling fusion breakdowns. With each new song Monkier revels in musical spontaneity and adventure, and raises the bar for Atlanta music. www.whoismonkier.com. less...

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2015 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Joe Gransden

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2017 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Joe Gransden

Best Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Critics Pick
Takana Miyamoto
Sure, pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is known around town as a “sideman” for soul singers Julie Dexter and Gaelle, but her talent on the keys is best put to use in the service of jazz. Miyamoto has appeared at the straight-ahead spot Churchill Grounds countless times, sharing the stage withmore...

Sure, pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is known around town as a “sideman” for soul singers Julie Dexter and Gaelle, but her talent on the keys is best put to use in the service of jazz. Miyamoto has appeared at the straight-ahead spot Churchill Grounds countless times, sharing the stage with local heroes such as Russell Gunn. She recently recorded a collection of simple, melodic tunes and released her debut solo CD called Piano Tales.
www.takana.net.

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Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2005 » Poets, Artists, & Madmen » Readers Pick
Joe Gransden

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Takana Miyamoto
Pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is probably the hardest-working lady in the Atlanta jazz scene. She plays weekly at local clubs; records and performs solo and with collaborators such as Julie Dexter and Lizz Wright; fronts two divergent bands (the Takana Miyamoto Trio and the ATLove Project); runs a music festivalmore...

Pianist TAKANA MIYAMOTO is probably the hardest-working lady in the Atlanta jazz scene. She plays weekly at local clubs; records and performs solo and with collaborators such as Julie Dexter and Lizz Wright; fronts two divergent bands (the Takana Miyamoto Trio and the ATLove Project); runs a music festival in Japan; and even finds time to teach piano lessons. With a musical style that skews from straight-ahead to acid jazz, Miyamoto expects to release a slew of recordings in the coming months.
www.myspace.com/takananet.

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Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2006 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Days Ahead

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2007 » After Dark » Critics Pick
The Jaspects
The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to heavy hip-hop grooves without losing any cool points. Similar to the buck-the-system aesthetic of Miles Davis, the group’s latestmore...

The JASPECTS are an innovative musical collective who have mastered the subtle art of code switching. The sextet revels in everything from straight-ahead jazz to heavy hip-hop grooves without losing any cool points. Similar to the buck-the-system aesthetic of Miles Davis, the group’s latest release, Double Consciousness, expands jazz possibilities for a new generation of listeners while simultaneously appeasing older jazz heads. Leave it up to a band of Morehouse graduates to funk up a history lesson.


www.jaspects.com

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Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2007 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Joe Gransden

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2008 » After Dark » Readers Pick
The Bonaventure Quartet

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2009 » After Dark » Critics Pick
The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra
Unwilling to settle for restaurant gigs spent politely playing jazz standards, THE 4TH WARD AFRO-KLEZMER ORCHESTRA demonstrates a formidable balance of African-inspired rhythms and Yiddish inflections. The group’s original compositions, under the direction of trumpeter Roger Ruzow, are a barragemore...
Unwilling to settle for restaurant gigs spent politely playing jazz standards, THE 4TH WARD AFRO-KLEZMER ORCHESTRA demonstrates a formidable balance of African-inspired rhythms and Yiddish inflections. The group’s original compositions, under the direction of trumpeter Roger Ruzow, are a barrage of disciplined, baroque big-band numbers that evoke the sights and sounds of South Africa, Israel … and Cabbagetown. That sense of old-world style mixes with humor that's both classy and rollicking to produce an old-world sound, attitude and direction. www.afroklezmermusic.com. less...

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2009 » After Dark » Readers Pick
The Bonaventure Quartet

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2010 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Bonaventure Quartet

www.thebonaventurequartet.com


Runner-up: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Provocateurs


www.bernadetteseacrest.com

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2011 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Bonaventure Quartet

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2012 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Wasted Potential Brass Band

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2013 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Kebbi Williams

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

2014 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Kebbi Williams and The Wolfpack

Best Local Jazz Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

2000 » After Dark » Critics Pick
In the Spirit
In the Spirit provides a steadily evolving, straight-ahead jazz release for five of Atlanta's heaviest hitters. Saxophonist Kebbi Williams, pianist Kenny Banks, bassist Ramon Pooser and drummer Eric Vaughn are swinging harder than any switch-hitter on the Braves and, likewise, should be packing monstrousmore...
In the Spirit provides a steadily evolving, straight-ahead jazz release for five of Atlanta's heaviest hitters. Saxophonist Kebbi Williams, pianist Kenny Banks, bassist Ramon Pooser and drummer Eric Vaughn are swinging harder than any switch-hitter on the Braves and, likewise, should be packing monstrous stadiums. They're that good. Add to their mix the wunderkind, sultry vocalist Lizz Wright, and In the Spirit becomes unbeatable. less...

Best Local Jazz Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

2000 » After Dark » Readers Pick
Sure, the jazz purists may pop a blood vessel over this one ("They picked a lady who does Sting songs?!"), but there's no denying the people's love for this golden-throated chanteuse. Hughes and her band make jazz accessible and fun, even for those who wouldn't know Coltrane from Cole Skinner.more...
Sure, the jazz purists may pop a blood vessel over this one ("They picked a lady who does Sting songs?!"), but there's no denying the people's love for this golden-throated chanteuse. Hughes and her band make jazz accessible and fun, even for those who wouldn't know Coltrane from Cole Skinner. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2018 » After Dark » Critics Pick
Russell Gunn & Royal Krunk
In July, Russell Gunn realized a dream project come true with the release of Get It How You Live, which features the Atlanta-based trumpeter-composer-producer?s 19-piece big band, the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. The polyglot nature of the city?s dynamic jazz scene is expertly manifest in Gunn?s hybridmore...
In July, Russell Gunn realized a dream project come true with the release of Get It How You Live, which features the Atlanta-based trumpeter-composer-producer?s 19-piece big band, the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra. The polyglot nature of the city?s dynamic jazz scene is expertly manifest in Gunn?s hybrid concoction of jazz, funk, neo-soul and hip hop. less...

2018 Readers Pick: Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

2018 » After Dark » Readers Pick
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