Second Place: DJ Williams Projekt
Third Place: Fight the Big Bull
Nobody works harder to recruit an audience than No BS Brass. The group blends jazz, metal and marching-band styles with anthemic, RVA-all-day attitude. In its early, opening-act days its players set up right in the middle of the crowd. Now, as headliners, their huge horn sound and irrepressibly extroverted delivery blur the boundaries of the stage. Other winners are the DJ Williams Projekt, the versatile all-star band that has ruled Tuesday nights at Café Diem for the past decade; and Fight the Big Bull, Matt White's innovative little big band whose sound (and extended family of members) plays a significant role in defining the breakout Richmond jazz scene.