Best of the Bay 2010: Best Saxophonist

Critics’ Pick for Best Saxophonist: Jeremy Powell

Local sax man Jeremy Powell plays both tenor and soprano saxophones, and can do it sexy smooth, session-player subtle, or make his instrument scream so loud it’d make John Zorn proud. This year, he’s been particularly busy. In addition to regularly playing with swamp jam rock outfit Swamp Logic and experimental jazz-funk ensemble Infinite Groove Orchestra, Powell collaborated with jazz guitarist LaRue Nickelson (the two released a new LP, Amizade, in January, and have supported it live in various lineups throughout the year); sat in on gigs with other locals ranging from old-timey fusionists Poetry n’ Lotion to singer-songwriter Dan Kincaid; recorded an ambient charity album, Compassion, with synth musician Justin Roberts to raise funds for Haitian earthquake victims; and worked on a few temporary live music projects with his trumpeter brother Jonathan while he was visiting from NYC.

Visit the Best of the Bay homepage to check out the rest of the 2010 winners.

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