The JazzBuffalo Poll has announced the winners of its 2016 poll, and several member of the Villa community were recognized.
The JazzBuffalo Poll is designed for the readers of JazzBuffalo and audiences of jazz performances to recognize outstanding jazz artists and jazz performances in 2016. The poll is an interactive, audience-based platform that allows jazz fans to pinpoint their favorites in the local industry. More than 2200 ballots were cast this year.
Students who were recognized include:
Brian DeJesus, ’14 – Runner Up, Jazz Acoustic Upright Bass
Damone Jackson, ’14 – Runner Up, Jazz Drums
Damone Jackson, ’14 – Winner, Jazz Rising Star, Breakout Artist
Alec Dube – Winner, Jazz Vibes
John Bacon – Winner, Jazz Drums
John Bacon – Jazz College/University Educator
John Bacon – John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year
According to Buffalo Rising, John Bacon Jr. is a 3-category winner for Drums, University Educator, and is a repeat winner of the John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year. John continues to be a source of inspiration with his many contributions. John had spectacular drum performances in 2016, played a role in the release of resAUnance Migration CD, was the drummer on George Caldwell’s Accord CD, and mentored the John Bacon, Jr. and Jazz Current group to memorable performances.
Both Alec and John are repeat winners.
Additionally: Kelly Bucheger, Esin Gunduz and Jerry Livingston were all nominated in their respective categories. resAUNance, chamber jazz ensemble that includes faculty Esin Gunduz and John Bacon, were nominated for jazz album of the year for the release.