Celebrating over 30 years of live jazz...

Founded in 1983, the mission of Gainesville Friends of Jazz is to support, promote and increase public awareness, interest, participation and education in jazz, America's music.

2005 Buddy DeFranco

In recognition of outstanding achievement and artistic contributions to jazz

Honored by Gainesville Friends of Jazz

2005    Bonifaccio "Buddy" DeFranco
Buddy DeFranco has the unprecedented distinction of winning 20 DownBeat magazine annual awards as the number one jazz clarinetist.  He is credited with leading the way for jazz clarinetists from the swing era to the age of bop.  Buddy has performed three times as part of the Gainesville Friends of Jazz Concert Series.

Buddy has set the standard for technical brilliance, improvisational virtuosity and creative warmth for jazz musicians.  He is one of the most imaginative clarinetists playing today.  Buddy has toured throughout Europe, Japan, South America, South Africa and the U.S.  He has performed with a Who's Who of Jazz Greats including Art Blakey, Nat King Cole, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Terry Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum and Mel Torme.