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 founder of JazzBuffalo Tony Zambito.  “There is an incredible variety of jazz available today.  We are seeing the maturation of an extremely talented pool of jazz artists.  Led by artists like Ed Croft.  It’s so great to see Ed win both the Rising Star and Jazz Artists of the Year.  Also, it is wonderful to see female jazz artists being recognized.  The results of the poll bode well for the future of jazz in Buffalo.”

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.)