Home » Jazz Articles » Year in Review » Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023


Jack Bowers' Best Jazz Albums Of 2023


Sign in to view read count
2023 was another banner year for jazz of all shapes and sizes. It has been a pleasure to review so many splendid big-band albums along with wonderful enterprises by smaller groups, some of which were recording for the first time (hopefully, not the last). If this was a preview of things to come, we look forward with eagerness and enthusiasm to the coming year and what it may have to offer.

Millennium Jazz Orchestra
Bleeding Amazonia
ZenneZ Records

Neil Swainson
Fire In The West
Cellar Records

Santi Debriano
Jojo Records

Jim Self
My America 2: Destinations
Bassett Hound Records

Rodger Fox
Plays Hone Tuwhare
T-Bone Records

Jesse Davis
Live at Smalls Jazz Club
Cellar Records

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
Voices: A Musical Heritage
Self Produced

Eric Alexander
The Heavy Hitters
Cellar Records

Wil Swindler
Space Bugs
OA2 Records

John Bailey
Time Bandits
Freedom Road Records

Steve Fidyk
Red Beats
Blue Canteen Music

Stan Kenton
Sounds of Yesteryear

Scott Whitfield
Postcards from Hollywood
Summit Records

Doug MacDonald
Big Band Extravaganza
Self Produced

David Larsen
The Peplowski Project
Self Produced

Curt Miller
Sixty and Still Cookin'
Cellar Records

The Composers Collective Big Band
The Toronto Project
Self Produced

Mike Melito
To Swing Is The Thing
Cellar Music Group

Dave Askren
Denver Sessions
Tapestry Records

Bert Joris
Octet Sessions, Vol. 3
Jazz Master Tracks

Sébastien Parent
Projet Seb Parent
Self Produced

The Nimmons Tribute
Volume 2—Generational
Self Produced

Scott Hamilton
The Terry Gibbs Songbook
Whaling City Sound

Thomas Marriott
Coast to Coast
Origin Records

Noah Haidu
Sunnyside Records

Javier Nero
Kemet (The Black Land)
Outside in Music

Dan Bonsanti

Jon-Erik Kellso
Live at the Ear Inn
Arbors Records

Russell Scarbrough
Fun Times
Self Produced

Pete McCann
Without Question
Self Produced

Ted Piltzecker
Vibes on a Breath
OA2 Records

Steve Enos
Madd For Tadd
Self Produced

John La Barbera
Origin Records

Ryan Haines
Emerald and Sapphire
Self Produced

Sherrie Maricle
"30": Live at Dizzy's Club
Diva Records

Remy Le Boeuf
Architecture of Storms
Soundspore Records

Jennifer Wharton
Grit & Grace
Sunnyside Records

Doug Richards
Through a Sonic Prism
Self Produced

Black Gold Orchestra
Self Produced

Vanessa Perica
The Eye is the First Circle
Self Produced

UCF Flying Horse Big Band
A Message From
Flying Horse Records

Claire Daly with George Garzone
VuVu for Frances
Daly Bread



Year in Review Jack Bowers Zennez Records Bleeding Amazonia Millennium Jazz Orchestra Cellar Records Fire In The West Neil Swainson Jojo Records Ashanti Santi Debriano Bassett Hound Records My America 2: Destinations Jim Self T-Bone Records Plays Hone Tuwhare Rodger Fox Live at Smalls Jazz Club Jesse Davis Self Produced Voices: A Musical Heritage Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra The Heavy Hitters Eric Alexander OA2 Records Space Bugs Wil Swindler Freedom Road Records Time Bandits John Bailey Blue Canteen Music Red Beats Steve Fidyk Sounds of Yesteryear Salute! Stan Kenton Summit Records Postcards from Hollywood Scott Whitfield Big Band Extravaganza Doug MacDonald The Peplowski Project David Larsen Sixty and Still Cookin' Curt Miller The Toronto Project The Composers Collective Big Band Cellar Music Group To Swing Is The Thing Mike Melito Tapestry Records Denver Sessions Dave Askren Jazz Master Tracks Octet Sessions, Vol. 3 Bert Joris Projet Seb Parent Sébastien Parent Volume 2--Generational Kevin Turcotte Whaling City Sound The Terry Gibbs Songbook Scott Hamilton Origin Records Coast To Coast Thomas Marriott Sunnyside Records Standards Noah Haidu Outside In Music Kemet (The Black Land) Javier Nero Self-Produced Islands Dan Bonsanti Arbors Records Live at the Ear Inn Jon-Erik Kellso Fun Times Russell Scarbrough Without Question Pete McCann Vibes on a Breath Ted Piltzecker Madd for Tadd Steve Enos Grooveyard John La Barbera Emerald and Sapphire Ryan Haines Diva Records "30": Live at Dizzy's Club Sherrie Maricle Soundspore Records Architecture Of Storms Remy Le Boeuf Grit & Grace Jennifer Wharton Through a Sonic Prism Doug Richards The Eye is the First Circle Vanessa Perica

For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.


Jazz article: Dave Linn's Favorite Albums Of 2023
Jazz article: Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023
Jazz article: Popular Jazz Songs: 2023
Year in Review
Popular Jazz Songs: 2023
Jazz article: Most Read Articles: 2023
Year in Review
Most Read Articles: 2023


Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.