Best Jazz Band in Boston

1999 Best Jazz Band

The Jeff Galindo-Marc Phaneuf Sextet

A smokin’ supergroup of Boston-based jazz all-stars: Galindo (trombone), Phaneuf (sax), and Ken Cervenka (trumpet) front the hottest rhythm section in New England. Pianist Tim Ray, bassist John Lockwood, and…Read More

1998 Best Jazz Band

The Fringe

Led by the thunderous cascade of sound created by drummer Bob Gullotti, the group doesn’t play compressed standards or dance tunes but always leaves its audience rapt and astonished. Each…Read More

1998 Best Jazz Band, Upstart

The Miracle Orchestra

The Miracle Orchestra is made up of six guys who look like they’re in high school; actually, they’re in college— Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of…Read More

1995 Best Jazz Band, Vocals

Donna Byrne

Rebecca Parris may have to relinquish the throne to ascending jazz queen Byrne, whose interpretations of pre-bebop classic standards are making waves…Read More

1993 Best Jazz Band

The Kenny Hadley Big Band

Can’t beat the soloists in this 15-person ensemble, and its arrangements are always interesting. Added attraction: free performances at Paul’s Steakhouse in Marshfield every Sunday of the year except in…Read More

1992 Best Jazz Band

Orange Then Blue, a 13-piece ensemble

Drummer George Schuller and reedman Matt Darriau co-founded Orange Then Blue in 1984 and have since been credited with inspiring a boomlet of “small big bands.” Anyone who has enjoyed…Read More

1988 Best Jazz Band

Tiger’s Baku

In Japan, a baku is a creature reputed in mythology to eat bad dreams. Here, it is a blend of jazz and fusion that soothes the savage beast. Tiger (aka…Read More

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