Richmond’s Best Jazz Bands

Critics' Pick

No BS Brass Band - SCOTT ELMQUIST

Choosing the best band from among Richmond’s rich and fluid jazz scene is inevitably arbitrary. No BS Brass Band draws the largest audiences; Fight the Big Bull has the most national attention. No one beats Glows in the Dark for Italian movie sex and violence, or Ombak for density of musical ideas. Bop Nation has a relaxed virtuosity, and if Beast Wellington doesn’t knock you out at Bogart’s, its signature drink — the Beast Bomb — will. Also consider UTV Chamber, Labragenda, the Scott Clark 4-Tet, Trio of Justice, or any of the Brian Jones lineups. Add your own choice, then pick any three, any order.M

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