Best of Boston

BEST Jazz Performer

2002 BEST Jazz Performer, Local

Charlie Kohlhase Quintet

With a deft and witty blend of straight-ahead blowing and “outside” improv, the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet has made its mark on the international jazz map behind the leader’s woolly solos on baritone, alto, and tenor saxophones. If it went to… read more»

1999 BEST Jazz Performer

Issi Rozen

An Israeli native, this master guitar player combines the sounds of his homeland with blues and Latin influences. His band is young, but they swing hard and play tight. read more»

1997 BEST Jazz Performer, Vocalist

Patrice Williamson

As far as pedigrees go, Williamson has no worries. she’s handled her fledgling gigs gracefully and will give her diploma recital at the New England Conservatory this fall. She can scat her way skillfully through a standard and charm the… read more»

1995 BEST Jazz Performer

The Either/Orchestra

The future of big-band sound is crafted right here in Boston by the Either/Or, a 10-piece band with a raw power, eccentric touches, a dash of Gil Evans, and a splash of Mingus. read more»

1993 BEST Jazz Performer, A Capella Group

Vox One

Heard of vocal drums? This jazz quintet puts all kinds of throat sounds to such funky good use that listeners break into applause and—better—feel like dancing. read more»

1983 BEST Jazz Performer, Out-of-Town

The Modern Jazz Quartet at Symphony Hall

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1983 BEST Jazz Performer, Local

Pianist Mikoto Ozone at the Turtle Café in Cambridge. read more»

1976 BEST Jazz Performer, Local

John Payne

A saxophonist with style and vision. He played back-up for Bonnie Raitt but has since formed his own five-man group. read more»