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Best Atlanta Jazz acts.

Best Jazz Artist/Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Tie: Joe Gransden Band & Luis Alas

Best Jazz Artist/Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Rasheeda Ali

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
OKCello

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Joe Gransden

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Kebbi Williams & The Wolfpack

Best jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Joe Gransden

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Kebbi Williams and The Wolfpack

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Kebbi Williams

Best improviser BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Eric Fontaine
While much of saxophonist/clarinetist Eric Fontaine's musical catalog falls into the category of jazz composition, there is a growing output of his work that can be filed under improvisation. Fontaine's alternately smooth and explosive playing has graced Atlanta's jazz scene for more than a decade. He'smore...
While much of saxophonist/clarinetist Eric Fontaine's musical catalog falls into the category of jazz composition, there is a growing output of his work that can be filed under improvisation. Fontaine's alternately smooth and explosive playing has graced Atlanta's jazz scene for more than a decade. He's played with acts as diverse as the Soulphonics and the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, among many others. In his new Living Space Trio, Fontaine joins with cellist/guitarist Benjamin Shirley and percussionist Scotty Bryan for a reflective journey through time and space that can be heard on two different recordings for the local Behip Records label. These days, Fontaine frequents Elliott Street Pub's Tuesday night Kevin Scott jams and the Sounds from the Underground series. Not only has his documentation of the local jazz scene been constant and concise, as evidenced by the treasure trove of clips on his YouTube channel, he's a major contributor to the seismic rumblings that define the raw and esoteric corners of Atlanta's jazz, rock, and experimental music scenes. www.ericfontainejazz.com. less...

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Wasted Potential Brass Band

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Bonaventure Quartet

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Bonaventure Quartet

www.thebonaventurequartet.com


Runner-up: Bernadette Seacrest and Her Provocateurs


www.bernadetteseacrest.com

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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

The Bonaventure Quartet

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

The 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Bonaventure Quartet

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Bonaventure Quartet

Best Jazz Act to Bridge the Gap BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Jaspects

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Joe Gransden

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Days Ahead

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Joe Gransden

Best Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
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

Joe Gransden

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Gwen Hughes

Best Local Jazz Band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Lie And Swell
With Bill Nitler's baritone sax and Jeff Smith's bass clarinet blazing over Alex Lambert's convulsive percussions, LIE AND SWELL out-heaves and skronks any other jazz bands on the block. Like witnessing the stage energy of Black Flag filtered through three unassuming and unpretentious players who reallymore...
With Bill Nitler's baritone sax and Jeff Smith's bass clarinet blazing over Alex Lambert's convulsive percussions, LIE AND SWELL out-heaves and skronks any other jazz bands on the block. Like witnessing the stage energy of Black Flag filtered through three unassuming and unpretentious players who really know how to play, Lie and Swell's shows bring the noise, but never forget the melodies. Offering up the occasional cover of the Butthole Surfers' "Cherub" in front of a mixed crowd of Atlanta's sauciest and most irreverent show-goers, the group balances frantic sophistication against unrivaled tension and release. less...

Best Local Jazz Pianist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Gary Motley
When it comes to Atlanta jazz piano, GARY MOTLEY is the first name you're likely to hear, and rightly so. Motley has performed with everyone from Joe Lovano to Dave Brubeck to Whoopi Goldberg. He works with the Alliance Theatre, is a frequent performer at Churchill Grounds and teaches jazz improvisationmore...
When it comes to Atlanta jazz piano, GARY MOTLEY is the first name you're likely to hear, and rightly so. Motley has performed with everyone from Joe Lovano to Dave Brubeck to Whoopi Goldberg. He works with the Alliance Theatre, is a frequent performer at Churchill Grounds and teaches jazz improvisation at Emory University, where he also directs the school's jazz combos. "garymotley.tripod.com" less...

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Francine Reed

Best Local Jazz Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Freddy Cole
Vocalist/pianist FREDDY COLE, at 71 is a "local" artist in that Atlanta is his home, and has been for 31 years. However, he is in fact quite literally a world-class performer, more likely to perform in Europe or Southeast Asia than here in our fair city. Brother of the late Nat "King" Cole, Freddy ismore...

Vocalist/pianist FREDDY COLE, at 71 is a "local" artist in that Atlanta is his home, and has been for 31 years. However, he is in fact quite literally a world-class performer, more likely to perform in Europe or Southeast Asia than here in our fair city. Brother of the late Nat "King" Cole, Freddy is his own man, and fully deserving of his achievements, a vocalist of impeccable touch and timing and a distinctive, silky tone.


"www.fantasyjazz.com."

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Best Local Jazz Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Gwen Hughes

Best Local Out-Jazz / Free-Improv / Experimental Band BOA Award Winner

The Flakes
RandyCastello at aol.com. With its irregular rhythms and atonality, free-form improvised music can be an acquired taste at best, a tiresome indulgence at worst. But local trio the Flakes put their clashing guitars and drums to good use by veering toward slightly more cohesive interplay. It's made all themore...
RandyCastello at aol.com. With its irregular rhythms and atonality, free-form improvised music can be an acquired taste at best, a tiresome indulgence at worst. But local trio the Flakes put their clashing guitars and drums to good use by veering toward slightly more cohesive interplay. It's made all the more palatable by the series of obscure, sometimes hilarious, educational films projected behind them. In fact, the sounds become remarkably appropriate. less...

Best Local Jazz Band / Artist BOA Award Winner

Gary Motley
Pianist Gary Motley is Atlanta's premiere ambassador for straight-ahead jazz. His knowledge of the genre and his talent as an instrumentalist enable him to recognize both the essence and the full range of musical possibility within the songs he performs. He's a gifted songwriter as well, as evidencedmore...
Pianist Gary Motley is Atlanta's premiere ambassador for straight-ahead jazz. His knowledge of the genre and his talent as an instrumentalist enable him to recognize both the essence and the full range of musical possibility within the songs he performs. He's a gifted songwriter as well, as evidenced on his gentle December 2000 release, "Compassion", which utilizes the trio setting to showcase his original tunes. He's performed with Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and others, and has been a guest on Marian McPartland's NPR program, "Piano Jazz. Of late, he's played frequently at the new jazz venue, the High Note at the Vault, is a regular weekend performer at Churchill Grounds, and recently performed at Spivey Hall and at The W.C. Handy Jazz Festival in Florence, Ala. less...

Best Local Jazz Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

Breeze Kings

Best Local Jazz Band/Artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
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

Year » 2000
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Gwen Hughes
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...

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